Trick or Treat (1986)

TrickorTreatPosterDon’t be fooled by the unattractive dvd-cover featuring Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne; Trick or Treat features little more than cameos of each (Ozzy Osbourne as a televangelist who rails against rock music, and Gene Simmons as Nuke, a rock and roll disc jockey).  Instead, the plot revolves around a teenage outcast named Eddie. Eddie is misunderstood to say the least, but he imagines his idol, a controversial rock god named Sammi Curr would understand him and can help him through his struggles. So, like any dedicated young fan he writes Mr. Curr a letter detailing his plight and bitching about how his high school (which also happens to be Curr’s alma mater) wouldn’t let Curr play the Halloween dance.

After this little bit of catharsis, Eddie, a good young boy after all, sets off to do his chores. While doing laundry he sees a horrible news story: Sammi Curr has just perished in a hotel fire. Poor Eddie is beside himself and can think of nothing better to do than visit his old friend Nuke, the aforementioned disc jockey played by Gene Simmons. Nuke has something special for Eddie – something Sammi would want him to have: the only copy of Curr’s yet-to-be-released LP, which Nuke plans to debut on the air Halloween night! What better way to drown out the memories of the bullying at school than with the newest Curr?

Sammi Curr, rock god indeed!

Sammi Curr, rock god indeed!

Eddie gets home and excitedly plays the record, which starts out normal enough, but soon becomes very strange indeed. Being a metal fan, Eddie knows of course he should try playing the record backwards to see if there’s a secret message. Not only is there a secret message, but it is somehow intended for Eddie only, detailing instructions on how to get back at the bullies who have been hassling him at school. Eddie gives it a try and sure enough, he exacts a benign revenge on the school bullies (one of which is played by Doug Savant of Melrose Place fame) but it doesn’t take long until Sammi’s record starts taking on a life of its own, putting Eddie’s mother and crush in danger.

Eddie pleads for the ghost of Sammi to stop, but in a horrible turn of events instead of weakening, Sammi comes to life through the power of electricity and rises out of a speaker to finish the job Eddie is too good to finish. Now, the only way Eddie can save his friends is to destroy all the radios in town, culminating with the WZRP radio station, where Nuke still plans on debuting the evil record!

Poor Eddie, even when he's up, he's down.

Poor Eddie, even when he’s up, he’s down.

I thought this movie was going to be really, really awful. The cover certainly doesn’t promise much, and honestly neither did the prospect of Ozzy & Gene Simmons “starring” in the movie. So, I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually a pretty decent horror movie. I liked that Eddie had a conscience and was able to put the safety of others over his embarrassment, and I liked that he did laundry and cared about his mom! I liked that there was a cameo by Alice Nunn (a.k.a. Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure). I liked the metal gods. And I couldn’t help but compare Sammi Curr’s traveling through electricity to David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, but that’s just the sort of thing I would say, isn’t it?


2 Responses to “Trick or Treat (1986)”

  1. 1 ladyfaceladyface
    December 20, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Doug Savant—yesss!

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