Trick or Treat title

Tag line : The ultimate comeback.

Trick or TreatDuring the mid-80's, heavy rock music was causing moral uproar amongst conservative Christian groups in America, who didn't appreciate the lyrical tones of their songs and decadent behaviour apparent in their music videos. So, the following year after morality campaigners the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Centre) were formed to try and combat the ills of this 'immoral corruption', Hollywood responded with this tale of the "ultimate rocker from hell".

In this, US TV actor Marc Price plays high school student Eddie Weinbuer. A typical American teenager with a love of heavy metal/hard rock music, who is constantly berated and picked on for his looks and musical taste by the school bully Tim Hainey (Doug Savant, in an early screen role).

Things change in Eddie's favour though when he gets hold of the only copy of the last album recorded by Sammi Curr (Tony Fields), a decedent hard rock singer who used to attend the same high school. When he plays the album it appears to contain messages telling him how to get even with the other kids at school. But it seems there is something else more sinister hidden in the lyrics of the album.

They say rock and roll will never die, well it appears that the late Sammi Curr is planning the ultimate comeback on Halloween night and has a fiendish "trick-or-treat" in store for the kids at Eddie's high school, one that will quite literally blow them away! Featuring music by 80's rockers "Fastway", KISS bass-player Gene Simmons makes an appearance as a radio DJ, and the prince of darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne turns up in a brief role as a TV evangelist.

In all, a thoroughly entertaining movie that should appeal to cult horror movie fans and lovers of rock music alike, particularly those old enough to remember the 80's hair-metal era.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "If you think Sammi Curr looks like he's been to hell and back... it's because he has!", "What are you afraid of? It's only rock and roll...", "A deadly obsession turns into spine tingling horror", "The Original 'Death Metal' Movie".

  • The film was directed by Charles Martin Smith, who is probably better known for his acting roles. Most notably, that of  nerdy 'Terry the Toad' in the cult movie "American Graffiti". He makes a guest appearance in the film as head teacher at the Halloween ball wearing the false 'Groucho Marx' glasses and moustache.

  • The plot line about demonic subliminal messages hidden on the album was undoubtedly based on the high profile case of rockers Judas Priest who, in 1985, were accused of causing the suicide of 2 American teenagers by implanting subliminal messages in their song lyrics (which of course was a nonsense).

  • The film marks one of actor Doug Savant's earlier screen roles, who plays school bully Tim Hainey. He has since gone onto become a prominent US TV actor. His most famous roles being on series "Melrose Place" and "Desperate Housewives".

  • The films soundtrack was performed by 80's rock band "Fastway". The CD release of the songs from the film, which was actually the groups 4th studio album, was jokingly dedicated to the memory of Sammi Curr.

  • Tony Fields, who plays Sammi Curr, sadly died of cancer in 1995. He didn't come back!

  • The music video 'After Midnight' released by Fastway to promote the film actually featured actor Tony Fields, who plays Sammi Curr in the film, on vocals rather than actual singer Dave King.

  • The lead guitarist in the college band was played by the special effects man, Kevin Yaugher. He has also worked on some of the "Hellraiser", "Friday the 13th" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" films, as well as designing the "Chucky" doll in the "Child's Play" series of movies.

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Cast & Crew.

 

 

Video Clips.
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Theatrical trailer (4.97MB).

Fastway - After Midnight Music video.(10.5MB)

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