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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.
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?
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.
Now this was a whole whack of fun. The premise is truly wonderful and executed perfectly. A metal head/high school loner plays a record backwards and ends up bringing a recently dead rocker back to life, resulting in some serious trouble for the metal head's tormenter.
I want to go into greater detail about the build up to the actual demonic resurrection, as it is great, but I'm not going to. It's something you've got to see for yourself, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can do so right now.
for about 75-80 minutes, Trick or Treat plays like it is the ultimate in the heavy metal horror genre. the idea of an evil hair metal supernatural force named Sammi Curr is total gold and the movie perfectly captures that mid eighties metal era. i did feel like it lost a tiny bit of it's thunder in a floundering climax that doesn't really fulfill a incredible build up, but the movie is still an underrated classic.
Halloween Horror 2013 No.13
Another old childhood horror dusted off and rewatched and while I don't love it as much as Nuke Em High it was still a fun watch,
To be honest, there was really only one part I remembered from watching it as a youngster and that bit involved headphones and a rapey demon,
Gotta love the soundtrack...well, I do. Great little cameos by Gene Simmons & Ozzy Osbourne. I will say this film could have used practical effects to show some creative kills. If you're a fan of 80s metal and like horror, well this is def the film to watch.
I wanted to see this when I was a kid because of the killer cover art and the stills on the back, but the video store that had it was only around in the days when I was too young to get it. Somehow it's only now that I've actually gotten to it. But it couldn't have come at a better time, having really embraced in recent years the kind of music that provides the motif and soundtrack of the movie. I was shocked at how good it was, judging of course on the scale of 80's horror movies. It's not La Dolce Vita good, but it's Nightmare on Elm Street 3 good. And actually, it really made me want to watch the fourth installment of that series, which may have to happen soon.
A gentle reminder to never play your records backwards. Even if you really hate your high school.
The premise of Haunted Heavy Metal Records and Cassettes killing preppy teens is awesome and so 80's - shame the story is a bit slow in some parts, and I really didn't like Ragman all that much...
My love of any pre 1990 metal makes this movie a 5 out of 5 no matter if it is a test pattern with metal music over it. It is nice to see Skippy hanging out with a cooler crowd. Skippy- look up the reference if for some reason you do not know who the guy is. Watch this one if you get a chance.
I remember catching this one theatrically back in college and thought it was silly fun. Still is, 28 (!!!) years later. Watched the German Blu-ray, which was taken from a dense print that contained shitty muffled English audio. Oh well, sure beats the crappy "Platinum" disc DVD that came out about 10 years ago. Not a bad cheezy metal horror film directed by "Toad."
After the death of his heavy metal hero, a high school loner is given a copy of his singer's final , unreleased album, and all hell breaks loose.
There are a lot of movies out there that when they were made reflected the mood of the time. In this case we have Trick Or Treat, which isn't actually a particularly good horror movie, but was made at a time when public opinion was turning against heavy metal music, and it was being blamed for a lot of problems with the youth of the day. The story starts off pretty well, as it focuses more on how outcast kids were (and still are) chastised through their school lives. But things do…
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