Like many of you, Michael Doughertys Trick ‘r Treat has become an annual Halloween tradition for me, but not many of us have seen the movie on the big screen. Though Trick ‘r Treat received a handful of screenings at festivals, it has never received a theatrical release… until now. Regal Cinemas will bring Trick ‘r Treat to theaters in October, which is great news for horror fans.
Trick ‘r Treat features four stories that take place on Halloween night, each linked by the appearance of Sam, a supernatural being who enforces the rules of the holiday. With a cast that includes Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes and Leslie Bibb, Trick ‘r Treat is great fun. The film premiered in 2007 and was screened at Fantasia Fest, Screamfest Horror Film Festival and San Diego Comic-Con, but it would take two years for Warner Bros. finally released the film straight to DVD.
The film has developed quite a devoted cult following over the years, and fans have been desperate for a sequel. Michael Dougherty has talked about one possible sequel, but he also believes that the film is better left alone. “I think there is something to be said for not continuing it,Dougherty said in 2019.In a business obsessed with franchising and spinoffs and prequels and sequels, maybe there’s something to be said for just letting it go.“Dougherty continued,”I’m intrigued by the idea, and it’s all down to Legendary. It’s been a few years since we first 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 comics based on the movie, 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.“
Along with the first theatrical release of Trick ‘r TreatRegal Cinemas will also bring Scream 2, The lost boysand Halloween back to the big screen for spooky season.