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Trick or Treat (1986)

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Release Date: Oct 24, 1986 Wide

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Character actor Charles Martin Smith directed this quirky horror film about a dead rock star who wreaks vengeance on a small town. When a rock musician is banned from performing at a high school Halloween dance and ends up perishing in a hotel fire, he vows vengeance on the town and comes back from beyond the grave to obliterate the population. He does this through one of his most rabid fans, the nerdy Eddie Weinbauer (Marc Price), a high school outsider. He is such a fan that he plays the rock

Nov 1, 2002

Lorimar Home Video

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It manages to be a sort of dumbly charming.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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I loved metal music when this came out, hence I loved the film. Yes, it's trash, but it's special trash to me.

November 22, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Trick or Treat

'Trick or Treat' is the prime example of a sleeper: a film that was overlooked upon its release and is actually a kitschy, supremely fun picture in its own right. I love the anti-glorification of the self-destructive rockstar lifestyle and how impressionable teenagers would become drawn to it. Despite their prominence on the box art, Simmons and Ozzy are only in crucial, tongue-in-cheek cameos. Price's angst is relatable and his seance of Sammi is a clever integration to vent his frustrations with the jocks and other cliques. For his directorial debut, Charles Martin Smith has forged an unsettling and rollicking occult thriller.
October 9, 2011
Cory Taylor

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A horror movie where the spirit of a dead heavy metal star is haunting teens! I loved it, it's a fun awesome heavy metal horror movie.
January 24, 2011
ajv2688

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It's obscene how much fun this movie is. I speak as a metalhead and a horror nerd, but this movie is just endlessly amusing. I really like the premise too: some high school metalhead is able to hear his dead rock hero speak to him when he spins a rare record backwards. This is one of the best surreal horror flicks of the 80s: the effects are really well done and it had some great just-desserts type moments. It kind of descended into campy, Nightmare On Elm Street territory near the end, but all in all this movie was a scream. I loved the cameos by Simmons and Osbourne, and how they addressed the concerned parents who scorned metal in the 80s.
September 28, 2007
MidnightMadwoman

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If nothing else, this should be a warning to heavy metal freaks to stop playing their music backwards.
June 24, 2007
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