Michael Patrick Dougherty is the thoughts behind the now cult basic, Halloween horror film Trick ‘r Treat—which is an anthology story that redefines horror motion pictures tropes and adjusted the anthology movie sport. In the film, Halloween is that night time when monsters of each the previous and current come again to terrorize those that disrespect the vacation or its traditions. The movie performs on expectations and does the alternative of what’s anticipated of it.
There are a ton of monsters in Trick ‘r Treat, like the stereotypical young women who dress up as promiscuous versions of classic fairy tale characters only to turn out to be werewolves who are stronger than the evil monster Principal Wilkins or the audience thinks. And there’s additionally the bus stuffed with useless zombie youngsters who drowned on Halloween in a flooded quarry by the hands of their bus driver—a real-life monster who took the lives of eight disabled youngsters. But the principle monster within the film is form of an evil vigilante or protector of Halloween traditions who additionally acts as a hyperlink between the totally different tales.
The child-sized trick-or-treater is wearing an orange, footie pajama set and stays mysterious due to the masks they put on—which is a burlap sack masking its head with buttons for eyes. The iconic character additionally has an iconic weapon. The character carries a lollipop, which it later bites into to provide jagged edges which might stab and slash the character’s victims. At one level within the film, the character goes to an previous man’s home (who occurs to be the killer of the Halloween School Bus Massacre) to show him a lesson about disrespecting Halloween traditions. The previous man Mr. Kreeg takes the sack off the evil trick-or-treaters’ head to disclose a pumpkin-shaped cranium, and he additionally reveals the physique of the child-sized enforcer of Halloween can be product of pumpkin.
This character is called Sam, and he’s a god-tier demon who seems in a distinct city each Halloween to implement the traditions and rituals of the vacation. Mr. Kreeg was spared by probability when a sweet bar fell on his chest proper the place the viewer believes Sam had simply stabbed him along with his damaged lollipop. But Sam really stabbed into the sweet bar, taking a chew of it and transferring on in reference to the custom and identify of the film—trick, or deal with? Sam additionally assaults and kills a lady at first of the film (which additionally occurs to be the kill that wraps up the time loop anthology story) brutally as a result of she selected to take down the Halloween decorations earlier than the night time was over. It’s custom to maintain Halloween decorations up all night time to scare away spirits of the useless, and Sam was not about to let Emma destroy the custom.
So the place did this character, Sam, come from? Quinn Lord (who was the kid actor that performed Sam) mentioned he believes Sam is a demon born in a pumpkin patch. Though the character is child-sized in look, he’s portrayed to be a really previous, demonic spirit of Halloween which will have existed for the reason that begin of the vacation and its traditions. Because of Sam’s fairly previous trying costume with easy supplies like burlap and buttons, it suggests on the very least that Sam is sort of previous. Creator of the film Michael Dougherty mentioned Sam’s head is someplace “between an embryo and a pumpkin.” An embryo is an unborn or unhatched offspring within the technique of growth, so this will clarify why Sam nonetheless acts childlike and mischievous although he’s a scary demon.
In idea, Sam may have been a untimely stillborn who was taken to a pumpkin subject the place maybe a witch or one other demonic entity put a curse on him to carry him again to life on Halloween night time, however as a consequence for being introduced again to life, Sam can solely seem on Halloween night time and should be a servant enforcer of custom. Sam drags round a grimy, burlap sack all through the movie, however the contents of the bag are by no means revealed. Perhaps, the bag comprises the bones of his former human physique. Originally, Dougherty created Sam as an alter ego of himself, but in addition considered the character as a approach to give the Halloween vacation an iconic determine just like different holidays, like Santa for Christmas or Cupid for Valentine’s Day. Dougherty drew the idea sketch for Sam in 2002, which was thought of when making the 2007 movie.
After the discharge of Trick ‘r Treat, Halloween horror fans around the world have come to accept Sam as the Halloween mascot who people say is both frightening but also the cutest character they’ve ever seen. Though Sam does encourage worry, his childlike nature makes him lovable to followers of the film.