Trick or Treat (1986)
Back of the box...
“This mesmerizing horror adventure takes you into the terrifying dark side of rock ‘n roll. Marc Price (Family Ties) stars as Eddie Weinbauer, teenage outcast who idolizes Sammi Curr, a heavy metal rock superstar. After Sammi dies a violent death, his spirit returns to help Eddie get even with his high school tormentors. In doing so, Sammi begins to gain control over Eddie’s life and brings him deeper into the world of the occult. When Eddie realizes that he has become the tool of Sammi’s evil revenge, he attempts to stop him. The horrifying events that follow leave no one unscathed. Special guest appearances by rock superstars Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons and a dynamic heavy metal soundtrack make Trick Or Treat a horror classic.”
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Starring: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini
Watch the Trailer
Metalhead Eddie “Ragman” Weinbauer invokes the spirit of recently deceased rock star Sammi Curr in order to exact revenge on the preppy bullies at his high school. While Eddie only wants to get even, Sammi’s otherworldly presence plans to take things much further. Awesome hair metal tracks with hysterically literal lyrics, 80’s screams, and fist-pumping choruses narrate the events of the film. “It’s time to get tough, this boy’s had enough” plays as Eddie takes a stand against his high school tormentors. The lyrics “tearing down the walls” repeat as Eddie literally tears posters down from his walls.
A combination of Horace Pinker from Shocker and Pinhead from Hellraiser, Sammi Curr takes his reclaimed form as blue bursts of electricity often accompanied by a back-lit smoke-filled scenario. Oh shit, we didn’t even mention the title yet! It’s called Trick or Treat but the title has so little to do with the movie that it’s hardly worth mentioning. Also, on the topic of misleading elements that are hardly worth mentioning, Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons are in this! Just about all the promotional material for Trick or Treat claims that it’s starring Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne, but thankfully, this is not true. Could you imagine watching Ozzy try to act for 90 minutes? Simmons plays the radio DJ who gives Eddie the haunted Sammi Curr conjuring record and Osbourne is a Reverend on a talk-show discussing the evils of rock and roll.
The film’s climax begins at the high school’s Halloween dance (oh wait, maybe that’s why it’s called Trick or Treat) where the student body raise their fists in delight as hometown undead hero Sammi Curr takes the stage. Didn’t we just spend the last hour watching Eddie getting ridiculed by his classmates for being a metalhead? Now they love metal? Well, we never said Trick or Treat was a smart movie, but it is a lot of fun.