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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.
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?
There are so many things to love about this movie, which endures watch after rewatch, but the thing that I can't get out of my head is that 'The Lords of Salem' is the 21st Century cover version of this movie, and is all the more rad for it. I should actually review this movie, but I can't stop listening to Fastway and Exciter and Lizzy Borden to do it. Rock on forever. My favorite heavy metal horror flick. And from the director of 'Air Bud'. What?
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.
Film #17 of Hoop-Tober
Scariness level: 1/10
Very 80's. Very Rock'n'roll, very fun and a smidgen smarter than 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…
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).
Far out flick...
Imagine Freddy Krueger as a member of Motley Crue and you have this movie. A dorky high school headbanger (Marc "Skippy from Family Ties" Price) learns that he can communicate with his favorite dead rock star by playing his record backwards, which leads to an accidental resurrection and major chaos at the Halloween dance in this delightfully cheesy '80s cult classic. Features cameos by Ozzy and Gene Simmons and a soundtrack by Fastway. A Halloween season perennial 'round my house.
that heinous metal soundtrack is SO G O O D
Amusing and entertaining forgotten horror film Trick or Treat is one of those genre films that deserve to be rediscovered by genre enthusiasts. Trick or Treat is a film that features an engaging story, with some good moments and several cameos from rock musicians that add to the vibe of the film. Trick or Treat is a pleasant forgotten treat and it has everything that you’d expect from 80’s horror. The story is about a kid who idolizes a heavy metal musician and how he buys a record that if played backwards brings the dead musician back to life. With this story, director Charles Martin Smith crafts a fun, entertaining and memorable yarn that is pure 1980’s cult material. This…
I sat watched this with my daughter expecting a really terrible film (we both love bad trashy horror). We didn't expect a genuinely creepy film with a perfectly serviceable plot.
The final Terror Tuesday of SHREDTEMBER!
Thanks to Chris for getting me in on this one.
Skippy from "Family Ties" really gets more rocking than he expected!
You got ears, dildo?
It has some flaws but this is an underrated hair metal horror gem!
This was one of my favorite movies growing up in the 80's. Had a pretty big influence on my taste in music. Hard rock/Heavy Metal. This movie will never get old for me. Pure nostalgia bliss!!! Enjoy your metal weaktits!
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…