‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’ Announced

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Trick ‘r Treat was destined to become a cult classic. Screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s feature directorial debut Trick R Treat sat on the shelf for over two years, before being dumped on DVD/Blu-ray by Warner Bros — despite earning great reviews and buzz from a handful of screenings. The horror anthology has become a staple of the halloween watching line-up of so many of my friends, but I don’t think anyone ever expected a sequel…

Announced at Monday night’s fan screening in Hollywood, Dougherty surprised the crowd by announcing a sequel during the Q&A session. No more details were announced. Header photo thanks to uhnet. After the jump you can see a better resolution look at the logo and read some quotes.

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As much as Mondo loves putting out posters for movies of all shapes and sizes, they always show favoritism towards the horror genre. So while a classic film like Blade Runner only has one poster, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street each have several. Plus, you never know when they’ll drop a poster for an awesome, random horror film like The Gate, Maniac Cop 2, Critters or Dead Alive. That makes October their holiday season.

Mondo’s latest batch of posters, available at a random time on Thursday October 20, is all that and a bag of tricks. In honor of the month of October, Phantom City Creative has made posters for Trick ‘R Treat, Sleepaway Camp and The Burning. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

This may be the most adorable gory little Frankenstein movie you’ll see this week. Mike Dougherty hasn’t had a film in theaters since the great Halloween anthology Trick ‘r Treat (which actually never got a real theatrical release — it went straight to DVD in the US) but the director makes the occasional short.

Here’s his latest little Halloween creation, made for FEARnet. The channel will show an all-day Trick ‘r Treat marathon on October 31, and this seems like a good way to reciprocate. (Plus, FEARnet probably paid him.) It’s a nice little short that will only keep you away from the real world for two minutes. Check it out below. Read More »

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trickrtreatpostbigThe /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat with writer/director Mike Dougherty about the long and arduous process of making, distributing, and marketing Trick ‘r Treat. They also talk about their favorite horror movies to watch on Halloween, and share a few thoughts about X3 and Superman Returns. Trick ‘r Treat is available NOW wherever movies are sold digitally and on Blu-Ray/DVD.

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It is no secret that I LOVED screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s directorial debut Trick ‘r Treat (you can watch our video blog review here). Earlier this month Gallery 1988 released a super limited edition t-shirt, designed by Alex Pardee, depicting Sam, one of the main, and scariest, characters from the film. You might remember that we featured this limited edition t-shirt in a previous edition of cool stuff.

Gallery 1988 are now going to release Pardee’s Trick r Treat art as a 6-color 18 x 24 screenprint. Limited to only 100 copies, the prints will be on sale for only $40.00m starting Halloween, this Saturday, Oct. 31st at 12PM PST. You can order them through Gallery1988 Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Gallery1988 LA: (323) 937-7088 / gallery1988@aol.com

Gallery1988 SF: (415) 409-1376 / gallery1988sf@gmail.com

Check out the full design after the jump.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of 3D conversion, compare A Serious Man to Barton Fink, and confirm or deny whether or not Couples Retreat is, in fact, a complete trainwreck. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us for this episode. Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is currently available for rental in iTunes, Blockbuster, Netflix, and plenty of other places right now.

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Trick ‘r Treat Director Talks Sequel

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Michael Dougherty‘s semi-anthology horror film Trick ‘r Treat has been the subject of a lot of blog talk over the past two years, and now thanks to this week’s DVD release, everyone can see it. So, of course, Dougherty is talking about the sequel. In this case, it’s one I’m very interested to hear more about. Read More »

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TRICK ‘R TREAT
Shunned by Warner Bros. after two years of sitting on the shelf, Trick ‘r Treat is finally being made available for viewer consumption now that it’s been slapped with the direct-to-video treatment. As much as the film may have deserved a theatrical release, where it very realistically could’ve become a sleeper hit, I feel as though I should harbor more resentment than I actually do. Reason being, I have now been given a reason to care about Halloween. Writer/director Michael Dougherty has given movie buffs everywhere a gift, not just in terms of crafting an excellent film (one that’s assuredly destined for cult classic status), but in granting us the opportunity to surprise the hell out of all of our friends on Halloween night with a trippy little horror flick that they know nothing about. Dougherty strikes a tone here unlike any horror film I’ve seen before, playing on our nostalgia (intentionally or not) by mixing elements of childhood horror favorites like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps alongside more gory, gooey old-school horror, and then injecting it all with a sadistic, darkly comedic edge that constantly plays on your expectations and reminds you why you should never trust little kids with balloon-shaped heads. I’ve heard reviews describe Trick ‘r Treat as an anthology of different horror tales, a la Creepshow–a fitting comparison given the comic book inspirations in both–but that description may also be misleading. Instead of merely telling each story separately, Dougherty sees fit to find clever and creative ways to interweave each of the stories as they unfold over the course of one Halloween night, making the chronology of the film more akin to, say, Pulp Fiction and Go. It’s this type of ingenuity that puts Trick ‘r Treat in a league all its own, bringing back to the horror genre the one thing that it’s been so sorely lacking outside of Sam Raimi’s efforts: a sense of fun.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A “Trick ’R Treat: Season’s Greetings” feature (with optional commentary by writer/director Michael Dougherty). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as an audio commentary with the director, additional scenes, a special effects comparison, and another featurette on the legends of Halloween.

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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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