Trick or Treat (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Trick or Treat (1986)




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The premise in this horror-rock music-comedy film is so far beyond any reasonable link to reality that it may be a little hard to get into the action. Rocker Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) is dead but because a young friend plays his last, unreleased record backwards, he is brought back to life again. This time around, the musician-singer starts to carry out the litany of horrible acts he once sang about while living. He sometimes electrifies people with the high voltage he carries around with him in his guitar, or in one instance he just reaches into the television set and electrically strangles his worst critic. The problem now is how to get rid of him before he gives himself a really bad name.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Comedy , Horror , Musical & Performing Arts
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Lorimar Home Video


Marc Price
as Eddie
Lisa Orgolini
as Leslie
Tony Dean Fields
as Sammi Curr
Ozzy Osbourne
as Rev. Gilstrom
Glen Morgan
as Roger Mockus
Elise Richards
as Genie Wooster
Richard Pachorek
as Ron Avery
Clare Nono
as Maggie WongHernandez
Alice Nunn
as Mrs. Cavell
Larry Sprinkle
as Marv McCain
Claudia Templeton
as Hysterical Survivor
Terry Loughlin
as Senator
Kevin Yahger
as Lead Guitarist
D. James Nelson
as Dave the Partier
Charles Martin Smith
as Mr. Wimbley
Kevin Yagher
as Lead Guitarist
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Critic Reviews for Trick or Treat

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Price is cast perfectly as the dismayed rock worshipper.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

All utter rubbish but fun, benefiting greatly from outrageous SFX à la Videodrome, and from two neat cameos by real life HM stars Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's genial, not too frightening and even rather sweet.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It plays out as an inane comic horror treat.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It manages to be a sort of dumbly charming.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Now this is a good movie that I think a whole lot of people either haven't seen or never knew existed. but if you get the chance to see it i suggest go for it. Marc Price from tv's Family Ties stars as the nerd who is being bullied in school and only has his rock n roll god so to speak to turn to. Well much like his life his idol untimely dies in a fire which gives him the idea to get the rock n roller's spirit ressurected to hand out some much needed payback. Gene Simmons and Ozzy Ozbourne do hilarious cameos in this with a great booming soundtrack by Fastway. would be great to find this on original format of dvd yet alone blu ray for that matter.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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