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How Trick ’r Treat Twisted Classic Horror Cliches | Screen Rant

Trick ‘r Treat‘s Sam has much respect for Halloween traditions, but the film itself takes pleasure in subverting standard horror cliches. The horror genre is packed full of movies set on or around Halloween, and that’s no surprise, as most horror fans treat Halloween like Christmas. Halloween is the one night of the year where “normal” people consider it okay to indulge in the scary, creepy, and all around macabre side of life, and pop culture.

In that sense, Trick ‘r Treat is almost like a Halloween party turned into a film. Director Michael Dougherty’s 2009 anthology is full of things sure to delight horror fans, from werewolves, to serial killers, to zombies, and all wrapped up in a nice Halloween-tinted bow. Considering how much of a Halloween tradition the film itself has become for many, it’s still kind of crazy to remember that Warner Bros. let Trick ‘r Treat sit on a shelf for two years before finally dumping it straight to video.

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One of the most fun aspects of Trick ‘r Treat is how it both pays tribute to the familiar trappings of horror, while also subverting them in surprising ways. It’s not the first film to do that, and it won’t be the last. Still, it’s one of the better entries into that subset of the genre.

One horror cliche that Trick ‘r Treat absolutely delights in defying is the idea that kids won’t be hurt or killed. Even most R-rated horror shies away from killing small children, or oftentimes even putting them in mortal danger. Teenagers are usually the only non-adults considered fair game in horror, but in Trick ‘r Treat, multiple children die. First, Principal Wilkins poisons a young pumpkin vandal named Charlie, then buries his corpse in the backyard, only to take the severed head back inside to carve like a jack-o-lantern with his young son Billy. This subverts another cliche, that the cute kid is always sweet and innocent. Here he seems to not only know his dad is a killer, but not care.

Later on several child bullies are brutally killed by zombies for playing a prank on another, and the zombies themselves were kids murdered for hire by their bus driver decades prior, which is seen in a flashback. Outside of child death, Trick ‘r Treat completely upends the trope about the beautiful, virginal young woman that becomes prey for a predator. Wilkins stalks the seemingly shy Laurie to a Halloween gathering in the woods, only to discover that Laurie is really a werewolf, and a whole group of men are then eaten alive by young female werewolves.

The werewolves are also not of the standard variety, as they seem to transform voluntarily whenever they wish, and accomplish this by removing their own skin to reveal fur underneath. In general too, basically all the danger comes from characters that appear unlikely to do harm. Sam, at least when masked, looks like an adorable kid trick or treater. Mr. Kreeg looks like a feeble old man, but he’s good with a shotgun, and is a secret child murderer. Principal Wilkins appears to be an nonthreatening nerd, but is in actually a heartless serial killer. Very little in Trick ‘r Treat is what it at first seems, and that’s part of the fun.

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2020-02-01 05:02:11

Michael Kennedy

Trick ‘R Treat 2 Updates: Why The Sequel Never Happened

A Trick ‘r Treat sequel hasn’t happened yet despite there being clear interest from fans, but that doesn’t mean Trick ‘r Treat 2 won’t ever happen. The anthology horror movie created and directed by Michael Dougherty grew into a cult following in the years that followed its direct-to-DVD release in 2007. Rumors have swirled about a potential sequel but nothing substantial has been announced, at least not yet.

Trick ‘r Treat featured four interweaving stories set on Halloween night. The common element between the tales was Sam, a pumpkin-headed trick-or-treater who notably wore shabby orange pajamas and a burlap sack over his head. Sam would pop in to severely punish anyone who disrespected the traditions of Halloween. The non-linear format of the storytelling later blended to reveal Sam’s motivations. The highly-underrated horror film starring Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, and Dylan Baker is now a must-watch every Halloween season.

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In 2009, Dougherty shared that he was in the early developments of writing Trick ‘r Treat 2 but no pitches have been made. The creator made it clear that fan interest and support was the driving factor behind Trick ‘r Treat obtaining a sequel. A few years later, in 2013, Dougherty and Legendary Pictures officially announced that Trick ‘r Treat 2 was happening much to the delight of fans. Unfortunately, developments stalled in the years that followed. Dougherty signed on to direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters but claimed that he hoped for Trick ‘r Treat 2 to be his next project. Dougherty recently shared an update on the sequel in an interview (via Comic Book Movie), revealing the possibility of it ever happening is still up in the air:

“Listen, I’m intrigued by the idea and it’s completely up to Legendary. It’s been a few years since we initially talked about it and there’s been a regime change since then. They still have the property and they love it and there’s still a long line of merchandise and a continuing line of comic books based on the film but the ball is in their court. The moment they say they’re interested and ready to go, we’ll see if the stars align. At the same time, I think there’s something to be said about not sequelising it. In a business that is obsessed with franchising and spinoffs and prequels and sequels, maybe there’s something to be said about just leaving it alone.”

According to Dougherty’s quote, the final decision is up to Legendary at this point. It’s not a good sign that there hasn’t been any kind of discussions since the 2013 announcement, especially considering that the Trick ‘r Treat fandom continues to grow through seasonal viewings. The fact that new merchandise based on the film and Sam continues to be released could help influence the studio’s decision. That shows that there’s still a clear amount of interest in the movie that could positively affect the chance of a sequel.

On the other hand, Dougherty had a habit of staying positive about chances at a sequel and this quote reveals that he has some doubt. By questioning the need for Trick ‘r Treat 2, the director is possibly coming to terms with the idea that it might never come to fruition. Dougherty could have accepted that Trick ‘r Treat 2 will never see the light of day and maybe it’s time that fans do the same.

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2019-10-20 02:10:54

Kara Hedash