We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Trick or Treat
What are you afraid of? It's only rock and roll...
Eddie is your average 80's metal head teen. Now he's obsessed with his heavy-metal superstar idol, Sammi Curr who is killed in a hotel fire. Eddie becomes the recipient of the only copy of Curr's unreleased album, which when played backwards brings Sammi back to life. As Halloween approaches, Eddie begins to realize that this isn't only rock 'n roll... it's life and death.
Part 3 of Hoop-Tober
"Rock’s chosen warriors will rule the apocalypse."
I haven’t been surprised this much with a horror movie since I saw John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness nearly a year ago. Trick or Treat, the 1986 horror movie I hadn't even heard of five days ago, is some of the most fun I have had while watching a horror movie in a very, very long time.
In Trick or Treat, the story surrounds a high school dude named Eddie. Eddie is your average metal head that gets picked on by a group of asshole jocks because jocks are assholes, right? Eddie’s idol is a metal musician named Sammi Curr. One day,…
If you are a fan of 80's horror you really need to seek this one out. Admittedly, its plot involving a dead heavy metal singer helping a high school loser wreak havoc on his bullies through backwards messages left on his posthumous album is right smack dab in my wheelhouse. But Trick or Treat is far better that is has any right to be. It has a great sense of humor about itself and is just a ton of fun. Plus, it features a pretty great performance by Gene Simmons in a small role as a local DJ, and genius cameo by Ozzy Osbourne.
To those who have seen this: what's up with the rubber monster that shows up for one second in the middle of the movie?
Film #17 of Hoop-Tober
Scariness level: 1/10
Very 80's. Very Rock'n'roll, very fun and a smidgen smarter that it probably gets credit for. Trick or Treat is a charming enough film that could have so easily gone into a bloody, bloody mess of a revenge/horror but instead plays it weird by involving the recently deceased ghost of a rocker and his super-fan, our main character Eddie, and the bizarre possession of radio waves and well, there's a really, really weird scene that no doubt had I seen when I was twelve would have gleefully masturbated over repeatedly. REPEATEDLY.
If you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about. But if not, just imagine... actually don't imagine. Watch it and…
Well, I am so surprised with this movie. It was really great and fun .
One of the things I was surprised with was how it was pacing itself with no nonsense things. It kept getting interesting and scary. I liked how the sparks were coming out of guitar and vanishing everybody.
There is rock music, a scary teenager, some weird stuff, girls and just some seasoning with it.
Watch it and have fun.
A childhood staple. It's like a heavy metal Carrie from the perspective of Skippy from Family Ties. Luckily, he ditched the lame nickname Skippy in exchange for the awesome nickname Ragman. Pretty awesome Halloween prom showdown and a pretty great soundtrack. Also, it was shot by Robert Elswit (as was Return of the Living Dead Part II).
Perfect balance of 80s earnestness. The premise is way more clever than describing it would suggest and the weirdness that the film mines is unlike any 80s movie and yet is every 80s movie at the same time. This balance had me smiling the whole way through. An obscure title that is a must watch if you appreciate the 80s.
This week Forest shares his thoughts on the "squicky" indie film, Cheap Thrills. Cory reviews a film that is very near and dear to his heart, Trick Or Treat with Gene Simmons & Ozzy Osbourne. A film that speaks to the heavy metal adolescent inside everyone.
The Duo discuss screening several hundred films for this years Eerie Horror Film Festival and how it's slowly turning them into zombies. Also, the "Fappening" is upon us! Repent! Repent! Save yourselves -- the "Second Cumming" is nearly here... Yes, they talk about Jennifer Lawrence's breasts.
I know its only Rock & Roll but i like it. (Except the 'Non' ending.)
Average trash horror movie with the curious presence of two rock stars: the venerable Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.
Plot is just OK. Kind of a Carrie theme but with metal music. SFX are cheesy, especially the guitar sending lightning bolts. The metal angle saves it -- great cameos by Gene Simmons and Ozzy. Not an every-year Halloween must-watch, but definitely worth an occasional watch due to the Halloween/metal themes.
You can listen to the review here: reverendphantom.podomatic.com/entry/2014-10-29T22_23_55-07_00
loved the music and the cameos from heavy metal legends, but was hoping for more fun and playful tone to the movie...
When I was 12 this film ticked all the boxes. Still a lot of fun.
Skippy beats the bullies and then saves the day while an awesome heavy metal soundtrack plays in the background. And I really want his record collection.
God I love my pretty Blu Ray!
Trick or Treat is pretty awful but the 80's metal music references sort of made it fun to watch. The story: Rock star Sammi Curr dies in a fire shortly after being banned from performing at the local high school. Eddie, a devoted metal and Sammi fan is in shock until a radio DJ (Gene Simmons) gives him Sammi's one and only unreleased record. Playing that record summons Sammi from the grave and all hell breaks loose. Well, just a little hell, actually.
There is no real horror here. This is very tame stuff... even the music is pretty light-weight... hey, remember Fastway? They did the original tunes for the movie. Not the best choice.
On the plus side, it was a hoot to see Ozzy spruced up as a reverend on TV, decrying the immorality of rock music. Possibly the only redeeming thing in this whole silly flick.
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