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Why Trick ‘R Treat 2 Won’t Include Original Horror Movie’s Cast

As the sequel finally makes progress, writer/director Michael Dougherty reveals that: Trick’r Treat 2 will not feature the cast of the original horror film. The 2007 anthology film weaved a variety of stories in a small Ohio town, including a high school principal with a murderous streak and a shy woman who may not be as much of a victim as she seems. Although largely disconnected, Trick’r Treat‘s multiple stories shared a single tie in the form of Sam, a mysterious trick-or-treater who puts on orange pajamas and a burlap sack over his head.


Featuring an ensemble cast including Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, Trick’r Treat scored mostly critical acclaim on its premiere, with critics praising its consistent tone, chilling atmosphere, and subversive storytelling. Since the film initially only got a direct release on DVD, the film would become a cult favorite, leaving many audiences hopeful of a proper follow-up. After more than ten years of expressing his hopes for a sequel, Trick’r Treat 2 is finally in active development at Legendary Pictures, and Dougherty returns, although he may be the only one audiences know from the first film back.

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In a recent interview with nerdMichael Dougherty opened up about the development of the highly anticipated Trick’r Treat 2. When asked how the sequel will tie in with the first film, the writer/director confirmed that none of the original horror movie casts will appear in the follow-up, and that Sam’s origins will not be explored in any medium. Check out what Dougherty shared below:

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No, because I really like that American horror storyapproach and style. I prefer to be consistent. If I were to bring cast members back it would be in the same roles, not that that’s currently a plan within the play. For me it would repel me. i like it in American horror story. I think it works for them, but it would also feel like we’re just ripping them off if we did. If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s all about patience and perseverance.

I think Freddy works, but at the same time we’ve never seen it [the origin], I think so. I think Freddy’s parentage is an exception because it just made him scarier. To know who he was, this serial killer who went around murdering children and eventually beheaded by justice only added to his mystery and his power. But I think one mistake they made was they kept explaining. They added more and more layers, like, “Oh, he made a deal with these three dream demons too.” It’s one thing to create a fun, mysterious origin for a character, but I feel like a lot of studios have given it a bit of thought over the years. They just start adding too much to the point where it’s layered with all the layers.

As with the Halloween stuff [in Halloween 5 and 6] where it’s like cults, and the curse, and these tattoos. I was like, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ With Sam there are definitely aspects of his knowledge and his mythology that we could expand on, and I hope in terms of how he comes back year after year, where he goes and things like that, but I would never do anything like a flashback to ancient Ireland and shows a child being sacrificed and throws him at a pumpkin creature. That would only ruin his mystique.

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Trick ‘r Treat 2 update shows promise for horror genre fans

Dougherty’s confirmation that none of the original Trick’r Treat cast will return for the upcoming sequel, in fact proves promising for the horror movie sequel. Hadn’t Ryan Murphy made everything a recurring trope? American horror storythe concept of bringing back actors for new roles could have worked for the highly anticipated Trick’r Treat 2. Additionally, with Anna Paquin’s Laurie and Quinn Lord’s Sam storylines largely open, the door seemed open for several actors to return, although Dougherty’s update no longer seems to make that the case, except perhaps for the last one, which could be played. by a new actor.

Regardless of how you feel about the original cast not returning for Trick’r Treat 2, Dougherty’s comment that he will never provide proper confirmation for Sam should be a promising one for horror genre fans. As he points out, the more a franchise mascot lets his backstory build endlessly, namely: Halloween‘s Michael Myers, it eventually derails the series they belong to in an overly convoluted lore that generally alienates their fans. With Dougherty assuring that Sam’s origin story will remain a mystery, one can only hope he still makes some sort of return for Trick’r Treat 2 when it finally gets off the ground.

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