If you haven’t heard of Michael Dougherty, or his two films Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. Dougherty can arguably be called this generation’s Joe Dante, and you know he makes good horror movies since the studios that distribute them have no idea what to do. The anthology film Trick ‘r Treat was thought to be unmarketable, and was subsequently given a direct-to-DVD release just a couple years before the horror anthology craze really took off. Then, a couple years later, the movie that should’ve been Dougherty’s major debut, Krampus starring Adam Scott and David Koechner, wasn’t screened for critics despite being very good, and was buried during its theatrical release.
Thankfully, we’ll get to see Dougherty take on a much larger scale with Godzilla: King of Monsters, but fans of his early work might be pleased to know that those films do share a few connections, and might even exist in the same universe. This is particularly good news for anyone who wants to see Trick ‘r Treat 2, since there’s a good chance Dougherty will explore that connection, given the opportunity. For now, however, we’ll just have to deal with the scraps of deleted scenes and theories that make watching movies so much fun.
One writer at Bloody Disgusting noticed that, while watching Krampus with the commentary on, Dougherty does confirm that there were more direct references to the two films being connected, saying:
There are some loose threads to Trick ‘r Treat that hint at it potentially taking place in the same universe – but unfortunately some of the more direct nods to Trick ‘r Treat ended up on the cutting room floor.
And there is, in fact, a deleted scene from Krampus with multiple references to Dougherty’s first film. The scene in question has Max, the young boy at the center of the film, offering his cousins some candy to calm them down. The candy he gives them is the same, fictional candy seen in Trick ‘r Treat, which had a hard time getting product placement for a Halloween horror movie and decided to just create their own fake candy from scratch.
You can clearly see the Hollie-Hos and Lhotka’s, as well as one of the pumpkin lollipops that Sam snacks on in Trick ‘r Treat. Of course, the importance of this information depends entirely on whether or not you’ve seen these movies, but I think this is a good opportunity to remind everyone: see these movies if you haven’t. I don’t have enough good things to say about Michael Dougherty, and I legitimately believe that word-of-mouth and TV airings can make Krampus the new Gremlins like it deserves to be.
Oh yeah, and here’s a screen grab with a clear look at the faux-candy:
Krampus is available for streaming on HBO Go, and both films can be rented on Amazon, iTunes, and more.
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Source: Bloody Disgusting