“The dream came true on October 28th, 2013 at Los Angeles’s Egyptian Theater, where the 2013 Beyond Fest was being held. Trick ‘r Treat (2007) was appropriately closing out the evening, but the viewing began with a Q&A session including director Michael Dougherty, producer Bryan Singer, actors Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Quinn Lord, Jean-Luc Bilodeau and host Seth Green. While a reunion between these actors and filmmakers was special, the real magic came when Sam, the famous character/holiday mascot from Dougherty’s film, came on stage delivering a message for Dougherty to make a sequel, which was echoed by Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull. An already raucous crowd amplified their applause when a banner for Trick ‘r Treat 2 appeared on the screen behind the panel.
A Trick ‘r Treat sequel hasn’t been the only project on Dougherty’s mind since that night. His new film Krampus, another holiday-themed horror film about the titular mythical figure who punishes misbehaving children on Christmas, releases on December 4th later this year. From the outside looking in, it seems that both Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 are destined to find a dedicated audience. That potential success, however, is all due to the struggles Dougherty and co. had to endure to make sure Trick ‘r Treat became what it is today; an unlikely cult classic oft-celebrated as one of the greatest, if not the greatest Halloween film of all time.”
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