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HALLOWEEN Trick or Treat Resurrection (Anthology) is part of a series of shorts directed and produced by Frank Palangi. The series takes place between the franchise films and adds new scenes for fun and pure entertainment. This fan film is based on Halloween Resurrection (2002) and follows Noah from Dangertainment and his cameraman as they’re stalked by Michael Myers, eager to kill whoever steps inside his house next.
A Q&A with writer/director Frank Palangi
Congratulations on the release of your short fan film Halloween Trick or Treat Resurrection! Why’d you choose to make a short film that follows Resurrection?
Thank you! They are really fun to shoot! All of these shorts feature added scenes or “what ifs” to the Halloween movies. I’ve been making one for each film and using every mask starting with H1 (minus the Rob Zombie remakes). These take less time than creating a full short, so for the last 2 years, I decided to work on this series. I’ve been on a bit of a break since I’ve been doing music full time but I wanted to come back to the film scene with Michael, the character I made my first fan film with back in 2006. Those were the early days when a small group of fan filmmakers and I were creating content for Youtube. It’s awesome being one of the first and seeing these fan films grow into a massive fad.
It’s awesome being one of the first and seeing these fan films grow into a massive fad.—Frank Palangi
You not only write and direct the film but also play the role of Michael Myers. That’s impressive! What characteristics of Michael did you really focus on capturing when playing the role?
For each short film, I tried to add some of the characteristics of how the actors played Michael Myers but also adding a little of my own style. Drew Nichols from Ohio, who rehauls masks on the side, is who I use for the mask and he does a killer job!
You released the film shortly after Halloween Kills came out. What are your thoughts on the latest Halloween sequel?
I actually thought it didn’t live up to the hype. It was disappointing and bordering Jason Voorhees gore territory. I know they wanted to ramp it up, but the over-the-top acting and writing made it worse. There are a few parts that are cool. I like that John Carpenter did the music but it def felt to me like more of a fan film and the character of Laurie Strode wasn’t used that well, just sitting there again. I’m actually more excited about seeing the extended version to see if that adds more to it or not lol. Also, the flashback scenes felt a little cheap compared to other better films that take place in the ’70s but it was really good to see things go back to the original. They should have done a whole film set back then maybe.
What are your favorite films from the Halloween franchise? Any favorite scenes you used for reference when making this film?
My fav is Halloween 4! So dark and scary! I can’t not mention Mr. Alan Howarth who provided awesome scores for many of the Halloween films! I mostly tried to think of scenes where there were gaps and you could fit in new things and see how it ties in and maybe bring back a character, like Lindsey for example, where we never really knew what happened.
Any plans to make another Halloween fan film?
The only Halloween we haven’t done yet is an H20 short (on my list), maybe Curse too. I may branch off into 2018’s Halloween as well.
Find Palangi Film’s full playlist of Halloween shorts here.
Learn more about Frank Palangi and his films here.