Today’s Horror Icons: Michael Dougherty Of ‘Trick ‘R Treat’

It was never released in mainstream theaters, but Michael Dougherty’s “Trick ’r Treat” has become a Halloween classic since its discovery in 2007.

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The buzz spread after the film’s festival debut, and audiences fell in love with the pint-sized character named Sam, whose burlap sack hood and button eyes were ghoulishly delightful (for a brief moment, anyway … ). Sam appears in the film’s four different stories, a throwback to the horror anthologies many audiences devoured as children (“Creepshow” and “Tales from the Crypt” amongst them), to make sure people follow the ancient traditions of Halloween.

Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, and Brian Cox quickly find out what happens when they don’t. “Trick ’r Treat” fans were just alerted to the best news a Halloween junkie could ask for: there’s going to be a sequel to Dougherty’s film.

We recently spoke to the director to find out more about part two in the spooky campfire-esque story. “I think the important thing is that we remain true to the spirit of the original in that it’s a fun horror Halloween film,” he said. “A year ago, I was telling a friend of mine, ’Witches will be the next one.’ They’re almost sort of a natural fit after werewolves, zombies and vampires.”

But Dougherty hasn’t finalized his concept just yet. “To me, it’s less about the kind of monsters … [they] are less important than what kinds of stories we’re telling,” he explained.

Check out the trailer for “Trick ’r Treat” to whet your appetite, and rent the movie on Amazon.