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Michael Dougherty gave an update on Trick ‘r Treat 2

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Michael Dougherty’s 2007 Trick ‘r Treat was a great anthology horror film. Some cool little stories and it introduced us to Sam.

Legendary Pictures and Dougherty have teamed up with AtmosFX to create a new digital decoration that captures the spirit of the original film.

The AtmosFX “Trick ’r Treat” Digital Decoration features Sam, the mysterious child in the burlap-sack mask, who ties together the feature film’s intertwined Halloween-themed stories. These all-new vignettes will remain true to the theme of the original movie, in which Sam dispenses his own unique brand of grisly justice on anyone who does not adhere to the traditions of Halloween.

The vignettes will include:

  • Responding to the neighborhood bully who attempts to trick-or-treat without an adequate costume
  • Exacting revenge at a residence where healthy snacks are given away for Halloween
  • Turning the tables on an old curmudgeon who steals candy from neighborhood kids
  • Re-decorating the home of a homeowner who removes his Halloween decorations before the night is complete
  • Conducting a mesmerizing symphony of fire from a cauldron of unwanted sweets.

Like its R-rated film counterpart, this digital decoration features horror-themed content and is not suitable for younger audiences.

AtmosFX’s “Trick ’r Treat” Digital Decoration will be available as a high-definition (1080p) digital download in late September, 2016.

Dougherty spoke to Bloody Disgusting about it:

I started decorating my house for Halloween years ago and I’ve always been upping the ante. I’ve had cemeteries, fogs, lights, music, and something that I’ve always wanted was holographic ghosts, just like Disney’s “Haunted Mansion”. That was always a challenge until technology became better and you could buy projectors and I started making my own holographic ghosts for fun. But when I Google searched and found that there was a company that made professional quality ones, I bought it immediately.

The idea of letting Sam come into people’s homes and haunt their yards, windows, and doorways was a dream come true. That’s what I love about these decorations. They’re almost micro-movies that are really character driven, these little vignettes. What I love about them is that they feel like they could be taken out of the film.

While chatting to /Film about the AtmosFX, Dougherty also gave an update on a sequel to the film.

I’m going to speak carefully about that [Laughs], because the moment I utter a word about the sequel, everybody starts salivating. It is very much my intention to make the sequel. Legendary is very committed to making the movie. Creatively, it’s in process. When it actually happens, I don’t know. But, hopefully, stuff like this — the digital decorations, the comic books, the merchandise, and what have you — will tide people over and I can finally get around to making it. Nothing would make me happier than returning to that universe. Like, I miss Sam. When we were shooting these vignettes, I was getting a little bit emotional because I would love nothing more than to hang out with Sam again for a year or two, bringing him back to the big screen.

I think it’d be great to make it a trilogy, at least. So fingers crossed. For me, I think every film should explore a different aspect of Halloween. I felt like the first film was the very traditional, suburban Halloween that we all have some memory of. But as I’ve grown up over the years, I’ve lived everywhere from Columbus, Ohio to New York to L.A., and I find that the holiday is very different depending on where you live. Or even time periods. I don’t see why we should be limited to just present day stories. Halloween is an amazing holiday because it evolves depending on where you live and the time period.

I hope we do get a sequel as the first film was a definite treat.

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