It is no secret that I LOVED screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s directorial debut Trick ‘r Treat (you can watch our video blog review here). The film will finally get released on Blu-ray/DVD this week, and part of the celebration includes Alex Pardee‘s “Hiding From The Normals” art show event at Gallery 1988.
To commemorate the event, Alex, Michael and Gallery1988 teamed up for a super limited edition t-shirt depicting Sam, one of the main, and scariest, characters from the film. There are only about 100 of these made, and they will be sold for $25 each. You’ll need to be at the Gallery on Tuesday night at 7pm, as they will be sure to go quick. Check out the full design after the jump.
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Fuck Pointless Remakes.
Fuck Shitty Sequels.
And Fuck Rob Zombie.
(Excuse the vulgarity, as we don’t use it often on /Fim — but when it is used, it is used to effect, to express a point. A bit of a warning, I have one more coming…)
Trick r Treat is the best Halloween movie since John Carptenter’s 1978 classic. X-Men 2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s feature filmmaking debut feels like a film that Steven Spielberg might have made in the 1980′s if he didn’t go all PG. It feels like the Amblin film that Orci and Kurtzman always claim they are aiming to make.
(the rest of the review and a video blog reaction, after the jump)
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It still blows my mind that Mike Dougherty‘s Trick ‘r Treat is not being given a major theatrical release this October. Instead the flick, possibly the most praised horror movie of the last decade, will hit DVD on October 6th, with a few limited engagements likely placed in the bags of lucky cities. A new trailer in HD is below. It’s a nicely edited fever pitch of crisp and creepy holiday atmospherics, and avoids spoiling the five interwoven tales that make up its anthology a la the Creepshow classics and Waxwork non-classics.
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Michael Dougherty (X2, Superman Returns) announced at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors that WildStorm Comics would be releasing a graphic novel adaptation of Trick ‘R Treat on October 7th. Dougherty tells /Film:
I grew up on old horror comics, and they were a huge inspiration for Trick ‘r Treat, so it’s been great working with DC and WildStorm to keep the anthology genre alive while also giving people a sneak peek at some of the twisted fun they’ll see in the movie.
Written by Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso), featuring art by Mike Huddleston (Man-Bat, Gen 13), Grant Bond, Christopher Gugliotti (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Fiona Staples (North 40), and a cover designed by Breehn Burns. We have an EXCLUSIVE first look at the cover (above) and first five pages (avaialble after the jump), art by Fiona Staples.
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Update: Dougherty has posted the following message on his blog : “Two announcements are coming. One in June, the other at Comic-Con in July. Fun stuff that makes me smile…and finally relax. Thanks for all of your messages and support.”
Screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s (X2, Superman Returns) feature directorial debut Trick R Treat has been sitting on the shelf for almost two years. The film earned great reviews and buzz from a handful of screenings, but Warner Bros has been reluctant to release the film in theaters.
A new trailer has surfaced on About.com (found via Shock ), which ends with the words “Coming to Blu-ray & DVD This October”. It is unclear if the film will be released theatrically before then, but it is very likely that Warner Bros is sending the film direct-to-home video. It’s a shame because I know a lot of people who were interested in seeing this film on the big screen. Anna Paquinhas gained a larger fan following thanks to the HBO show True Blood, and it seems like this film would be an easy sell to the audience.
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X2 and Superman Returns screenwriter Michael Dougherty is developing a werewolf dramedy for the Fox network. According to THR, “Bitches” is described as a “quirky fairy tale” about a quartet of female friends in New York City who just happen to also be werewolves. the project has received a penalty commitment from the network, and Pushing Daisies co-executive producers/writers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have been brought aboard the project.
My first thoughts are – can a non cable network (ala Fox) really air a television series titled “Bitches”? I understand Showtime airs “Penn and Teller’s Bullshit”, but that’s Showtime. Also, its beginning to seem clear that Hollywood is already looking to follow the vampire trend with werewolves. 2009 will also see Universal’s remake of The Wolfman and the Twilight sequel New Moon.
This is a minor update, sure, but we still consider Warner Bros.’ decision to swipe the throwback horror anthology, Trick ‘R Treat, off their release slate to be a quizzical and ‘tarded ball drop. The Internet was going nuts for the film after it scored stellar reviews from a sneak at The Alamo. Its Halloween release date in 2007 was a no-brainer. Buzz remained steady into ’08 after WB pushed it back and then, nothing.Movie Hole just checked in with director and X2 screenwriter, Michael Dougherty…
“The struggle continues. There’s interest from another distributor so negotiations have begun. Keep your severed fingers crossed!”
With WB’s Creepshow franchise carelessly spanning time in straight-to-DVD purgatory and failing to cash in on the current nostalgia for EC Comics in geek culture, Trick ‘R Treat‘s prolonged limbo makes no friggin’ sense. A tidy profit is all but guaranteed. With a cool easy-sell concept, a promising cast (Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb) and cult buzz/notoriety, comparisons to Mike Judge’s Idiocracy are obvious. Hopefully, a studio gives it more than a funeral pyre theatrical release. Dumb move, WB.
Discuss: Support….or are you over it?
Boo! in a duel sense. Bloody Disgusting reported over the weekend that Legendary Pictures has screened their nicely buzzed Halloween-themed anthology flick, Trick ‘R Treat, in hopes of picking up a new distributor. According to STYD, Warner Bros. (Where the Wild Things Are, ahem) has categorically removed the film from its 2008 schedule for theatrical and home entertainment releases after pushing the film off its original October ’07 release date. What gives?
Not only is the film a much needed shot of original horror in a time of glossy mall-kid remakes (Prom Night, April Fool’s Day) and sequels (Saw, TCM), but it boasts respected, recognizable faces (Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox) and tested through the roof with fanboys. AICN has loudly championed writer/director Michael Dougherty‘s film for practically ages now. Moreover, mainstream awareness was boosted by the inclusion of a Trick ‘R Treat trailer attached to DVDs of 300. There is speculation on the Nets that an Idiocracy-like situation has gone down, but there’s no evidence as of yet.
The latest release date was set for October ’08, which was a no-brainer. “If It’s Halloween, It Must Be Saw” is the old dude in the club. Warner Bros. had a great opportunity to build a franchise and new moviegoer tradition with this real estate, and a new Creepshow would be next levs. Let’s hope Legendary finds a proper replacement. More on this as it develops…
Discuss: Are you aware of Trick ‘R Treat? If so, what have you heard? Why do you think Warner Bros. put the kibosh on it?
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