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Trick or Treat

4.5 out of 5 stars 248 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Elaine Joyce
  • Directors: Charles Martin Smith
  • Writers: Glen Morgan, Joel Soisson, Michael S. Murphey, James Wong, Rhet Topham
  • Producers: Joel Soisson, Michael S. Murphey
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Echo Bridge
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096FVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trick or Treat" on IMDb

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By M. Casarino on February 3, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Sometimes a movie can become a perfect little time capsule. "Trick or Treat" is such a movie. I have no idea how seriously the filmmakers intended it to be (the casting implies their tongues were quite firmly lodged in their cheeks), but it hits on, and satirizes, so many themes of its time - the alienation of outsiders, the perceived danger of heavy metal lyrics & backward masking, the fear of satanism - that I have to believe there's some kind of genius at work here.
It's not a perfect flick, by any stretch. It isn't the least bit scary, for one, and it has some awkward dialogue and pacing. But darned if it doesn't hold up as a nifty little satire. Oh, and the scene where the dead metal star seduces the girl through her walkman - that's pretty hot, and pretty much caters directly to the frustrated adolescent male mind. Which only illustrates the point more.
I'm a sucker for good genre movies, so I'm a sucker for "Trick or Treat." Plus it's great to see Skippy try to stretch a little.
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Format: VHS Tape
Fans of horror movies and heavy-metal music are both in for a treat, literally, with this movie. Directed by character actor Charles Martin Smith (Terry Toad in "American Graffiti"), the film gives us a main character in Eddie Weinbauer (Price), who more closely resembles the high school "burnout" types of the 80s that you either knew or might have been yourself. The aspect of the villain, heavy-metal superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) returning from the dead via a record played backwards might seem campy to some, but overall this is an excellent variation on the revenge fantasy genre. Weinbauer has a geekish yet likable quality, while Curr is scary and yes, believable enough to pass for a satanic 80s rock star. As a bonus, the film features cameos by real-life metal icons Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne, the latter playing an anti-rock preacher in a sequence of high comedy. If you're looking for a horror film that delivers the goods as well as possibly bring back a few memories of a decade gone by, get "Trick Or Treat".
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Format: Audio CD
The movie was alot of fun to watch which featured Marc Price(The Keaton's neighbor Skippy on "Family Ties")who does an energetic performance in the movie. I thought that Fastway did very well with their music for the movie. I really like "Stand Up." Other great numbers are "After Midnight", "Get Tough", "Don't Stop the Fight" and the theme song "Trick Or Treat." Tony Fields plays the dead rocker Sammi Curr who lipsynchs to the songs. If you have the soundtrack, and haven't seen the movie yet, watch it on Halloween, you'll want to eat it up!
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Trick or Treat, a 1986 film directed by Charles Martin Smith, written by Rhett Topham, Joel Soisson and Michael S. Murphy and music by Fastway, is another one of the most underrated films of the 1980's that happens to be yet a very entertaining flick that not only scares but also teeters on the edge of spoof.

The whole film starts with a young man named Eddie(Family Ties' Mark Price)who is an outcast at his high school and is also into very loud heavy metal hard rock. His idol is a controversial rocker named Sammi Curr(Tony Fields, may he rest in peace)and he has a huge poster of him over his bed. Eddie is writing a fan letter to Sammi and after sealing the envelope with the letter in it, he hears the most distressing news that Sammi is killed in a hotel fire. He turns to a DJ friend of his named Nuke(Gene Simmons of KISS)and Nuke gives him Sammi's last album on an acetate disc as a souvenir and when Eddie plays it, he receives a message from beyond the grave by Sammi with ideas on how he can get even with his enemies in school. First, Eddie lets Sammi do what he wills, but later, Eddie tries to back out of the plan, but Sammi won't stop. But when it gets out of control on the night of the annual Halloween dance in the high school gymnasium, Eddie now knows that he has to stop Sammi Curr before it's too late because the whole human race is at stake. I won't give too much away as I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen this film as of yet.

Trick or Treat is a much underrated horror classic. It is a very entertaining horror film and is also the first horror film completely centered on Heavy Metal rock and roll music. It is also a wonderful and fun romp that can be watched over and over again anytime and it doesn't have to be October 31st.
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The film, er, movie opened in theaters on 10/24/86; the album (cassette and vinyl Lp) came out maybe two weeks later.

DVD Packaging and menu: very, very basic (2003). Menu is simply "play movie" and "chapters."

I came by notice of the motion picture via fundie preacher Jeff Godwin's book, DANCING WITH DEMONS, THE MUSIC'S REAL MASTER, from 1988, which devotes pp. 140-148, Chapter 5, "Tricks in the Dark," to his annoyed review, claiming having sat through this masterpiece. Jeff's book included a whopper allegation that the album (Lp) has a "demon blessing" occult symbol on the label, a downward-pointing triangle inside a circle. Uh, I had a head-slapping vinyl junkie moment realizing I knew that dreaded occult symbol placed there by a coven of witches (Jeff's prior book, THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLES, has an afterward testimonial by witch "Eileen" giving details about record company demon blessing invocations)...it's Sony Music corporate-speak on all 1985+ Columbia vinyl albums, CDs, and cassettes that means, "manufactured in the USA using a digital master also available on Compact Disc." (Sony bought Columbia Records for the A&R back catalog to float the CD.)

Hurray for DVDs: the TV/DVD remote worked wonders while making notes....

At about 6:50, a TV scene of Mrs. Cavell from the local PTA pontificating about "addiction" to rock music (shades of Bill Gothard's IBLP teachings). Then a fictional scene with Sammy Curr during a legislative hearing referencing the 9/19/85 PMRC hearings with Frank Zappa mixing it up with Tipper's circus. Segue to Sammy Curr, aged 38, dead in a hotel fire. (Note: Cur, er, Curr = dog. Now a Hound of Hell? I also caught that Sammy... is age 38 in the scene. Sammy Hagar at the time was 38, born 10/13/47. ???
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