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

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.



Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are THE GORE GIRLS!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.

Have you ever seen "Creepshow"? Think of "Trick 'r Treat" as a sort of Halloween-themed homage, a spiritual successor with none of the same players and an entirely different intent. It's an anthology movie, four discrete stories set on the same block in a sleepy little suburban town one Halloween night. Was it creepy enough to scare the Gore Girls? Hit the jump to find out! Read More...


Now that it’s October, we’re all in the mood to get the bejeezus scared out of us. And this year we’re in luck, because the instant cult classic “Trick ‘r Treat” debuted on DVD Tuesday, and its Halloween-themed tales of terror are scaring up some huge business. Naturally, if writer/director Michael Dougherty has his way, he’ll be haunting our All Hallows’ Eve with sequels for years to come.

“Yeah, I have to say that the excitement over the past few months of watching the film grow has started to jumpstart some ideas, and I know how the next one ends,” Dougherty revealed to us this week, saying he’s already brainstorming “Trick ‘r Treat 2” ideas in response to the film’s cult fanbase explosion. “If this [DVD release] does become something, if it catches executives off-guard, it might [get sequels]. I would love to do them.” Read More...

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Every now and then, a movie comes along that truly becomes a cult phenomenon. And over the last few years, it’s hard to remember one that has inspired as feverish a following as “Trick R Treat,” the much-buzzed-about horror flick that finally premieres on DVD this week after nearly a three-year delay.

“Oh, it’s been longer than that, actually. I could go all the way back to 1996 if I wanted to,” laughed writer/director Michael Dougherty (“X2”) when we spoke to him Tuesday. “The film was inspired by an animated short I did in school called ‘Season’s Greetings,’ and it was an old-school, traditionally animated short…it was the first place where I featured the mascot for the film, Sam. That film became a calling card, and then in 2001 I decided to make a companion piece to Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ film…off and on between 2001 and 2006, there were multiple drafts. Then we finally got the greenlight in 2006.” Read More...

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