Shudder’s Ghoul Log This Year is Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat Sam O’Lantern!

It’s the return of the season’s Ghoul Log on Shudder. This year’s display is none other than Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat Sam O’Lantern. Shudder presents the new 24/7 streaming Jack O’Lantern inspired by Dougherty’s iconic Halloween anthology film. Get all the details below.

From The Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – October 2, 2020 –​ Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has debuted this year’s “Ghoul Log,” a 24/7 streaming jack-o’lantern, created by ​Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty (​Godzilla: King of the Monsters). ​The Ghoul Log Trick ‘r Treat Sam O’Lantern is ​inspired by his beloved film from Legendary Entertainment and its iconic star, Sam, the ​mischievous spirit of Halloween who enforces the holiday’s ancient traditions​. It ​is available to stream on Shudder now, both on-demand and soon 24/7 via the in-app Shudder TV feed.

Log line: ​On a dark, autumnal street, the Sam O’Lantern blazes to life. While the pumpkin burns, keep your eyes peeled for the surprises it summons.

“Thanks to the ongoing dumpster fire that is 2020, Halloween is going to be yet another stay-at-home activity for a lot of people, so I hope the Sam O’Lantern brings a bit of light and magick to all those in need of some holiday spirit,“ said Michael Dougherty

“When we thought about what would get Shudder subscribers most excited for the 2020 version of our annual Ghoul Log, our wish-list idea was to team up with Michael Dougherty for something inspired by his iconic Halloween movie ​Trick ‘r Treat. When we reached out to Mike, we were delighted to find out that he was not only interested in the idea, but he already had an amazing concept in mind,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager.

The ​Ghoul Log Trick ‘r Treat Sam O’Lantern​ is the third in Shudder’s annual Halloween series. ​The Ghoul Log premiered in 2018, doing for Halloween what the famed Yule Log has long done for Christmas. Its long, unbroken feed of a candle-lit jack-o’lantern accompanied by spooky night sounds was an immediate hit. 2019 saw ​Return of the Ghoul Log, an animated creation courtesy of famed horror director Larry Fessenden (​Depraved) and animator Beck Underwood. This year’s ​Ghoul Log is the first to be directly inspired by an iconic horror film. ​Trick ‘r Treat, released in 2009, has amassed a ravenous cult following and the Sam character has become a perennial Halloween icon inspiring a still growing line of toys, comic books, costumes, holiday décor, and theme park attractions.

The Ghoul Log Trick ‘r Treat Sam O’Lantern was conceived, designed and executive produced by Dougherty and directed by Evan Gorski and Michael Babyak. It was produced by Ava Yazdani and features special effects by AtmosFX ( ​Trick ‘r Treat © Legendary 2007. All rights reserved.


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Michael Dougherty is a writer, director, and producer best known for the cult horror comedies ​Trick ‘r Treat (2009), ​Krampus (2015), and the summer blockbuster ​Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Beginning his career as an animator and illustrator, Dougherty’s animated work was featured on MTV, Nickelodeon, and a line of twisted greeting cards published by Nobleworks. He then became a screenwriter on​ X-Men 2 before making his directorial debut with ​Trick ‘r Treat, which starred Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, and Brian Cox. Dougherty’s films have spawned a long and successful line of toys, comics, and other merchandise, along with theme park attractions at Universal Studios. Dougherty’s next project is a ​Hellraiser TV series with HBO, based on the classic Clive Barker horror film.

About Michael Juvinall (5296 Articles)
I am a devoted husband and father. I have been a voracious horror fan since the early age of 5 and metal fan since I was 14. I watch all horror films but my great loves are classic horror films: Universal Monsters, Werewolves, Hammer Horror and an all-around affinity for things that go bump in the night! I'm also a huge fan of extreme metal music.

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