Michael Dougherty's "Sam O'Lantern" Puts a 'Trick 'r Treat' Spin on Shudder's "Ghoul Log"

Need a little something to set the spooky mood within your home? Well, Shudder's got you covered! The streaming service has debuted this year's "Ghoul Log," a 24/7 streaming jack-o'lantern, created by Trick 'r Treat director Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Godzilla: King of the Monsters), who was also recently announced as the director of the upcoming "Nightbreed" television series.

Dubbed the Trick ‘r Treat "Sam O'Lantern," this iteration of the "Ghoul Log" 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.

"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," added Craig Engler, Shudder’s General Manager. 

The "Sam O'Lantern" is the third "Ghoul Log" 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.

The Trick 'r Treat-inspired "Ghoul Log" 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 (AtmosFX.com).

Preview the "Sam O'Lantern" below!