Over the weekend, Internet movie guru Harry Knowles hosted his annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon 24-hour movie marathon, an event held both to celebrate Knowles’ birthday and to help raise money for the Saturday Morning Kid’s Club, a monthly free screening series. As is the tradition every year, Knowles closes the event (which this year included such genre fare as THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, SWEENEY TODD and THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES) with an advance screening of a film not due out for several months, and this year festivalgoers were treated to Michael Doughtery’s directorial debut TRICK ’R TREAT, which Knowles announced is not due for release until October 2008.
This is the first Fango has heard of the new berth for the film, which had previously been announced for next February after being bumped from its originally scheduled October 2007 opening. The new slot makes perfect sense, as TRICK ’R TREAT is a Halloween movie through and through, a love letter to the holiday and an attempt to fashion a new All Hallow’s favorite. Dougherty (who not only attended the screening but also lasted the full 24 hours of movies) took the opportunity to mention the film’s line of collectibles (including Sideshow Toys’ Sam figure) and an upcoming illustrated book inspired by the film, but didn’t discuss TRICK ’R TREAT’s long delay.