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Trick or Treat (1986)

Sammi Curr was a famous, devil-worshiping rock star who died under mysterious circumstances. Now he wants to come back to life. Doing so requires possessing radio wave & automobiles and making a few human sacrifices.

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Hard rock idol Sammi Curr burns to death in a hotel fire. His biggest fan, Lakeridge High School student and resident metal head Eddie Weinbauer is devastated by the news and turns to local radio DJ "Nuke" for emotional support. After a heated discussion about the deceased rock star, Nuke presents Eddie with a rare demo record, the last ever recorded by Sammi and the only copy in existence. Overwhelmed by Nuke's generosity, Eddie accepts the gift without hesitation, unaware of it's dark role in things to come. After constant humiliation and a near drowning at the hands of school bully Tim Hainy and his sports jock friends, Eddie becomes enraged and vows revenge on all those who have wronged him, much to the dismay of love interest, Leslie and best friend, Roger. Alone in his room with feelings of rage and retribution racing through his mind, Eddie places the new record onto his stereo and is shocked to discover that he can communicate with the deceased rock star when it is rotated ... Written by phantomdroid

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24 October 1986 (USA)  »

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$6,797,218 (USA)
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Trivia

Marc Price starred as geeky Erwin 'Skippy' Handleman on the popular 80's comedy sitcom Family Ties. See more »

Goofs

When an LP is played the grooves in the vinyl rotate in a clockwise direction which causes the stylus to travel from the outer edge of the record to the center. In the scene where Eddie is recording Sammi's album to cassette tape (at high speed) the record is rotating anti-clockwise...yet the needle is still travelling towards the center. If the record was turning anti-clockwise the needle would not do this...it would simply move in the opposite direction and fall off the outer edge. See more »

Quotes

Tim Hainey: [in a controlled, yet menacing voice] Hi Eddie. We spent the entire morning on janitorial detail. You'd be amazed at what people stick under their desks.
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A brief clip with Ozzy Osbourne as Rev. Aaron Gilstrom appears after the end credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Heartbreakin' Lie
Performed by Diana Blair
Courtesy of Helion Records
Composed by Diana Blair and Pat Anthony
Produced by Greg Knowles
Published by I'm The Girl Music (ASCAP)
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So Cheesy It's Cool!
26 July 2003 | by (Edmonton, Alberta CANADA) – See all my reviews

Sure the movie is cheesy, but that is part of its charm. My favourite line has to be when the one chick (I think her name was Genie Wooster) tells Eddie that he is creepy, and when he says he doesn't understand, she replies "If you weren't so creepy, you would know what I mean". The reason why I love this line so much is as follows: It reminds me (and I am sure many others) of stuck up people in high school who had the same attitude. I can think of one, in particular right now.

So despite the movie's lack of appeal to awards committees, it does have some great moments, and although it does not have mass appeal, I don't think that was its purpose. It reaches out to the lost children of the world by showing them that they are not alone.

Besides, it is just a fun movie. Where else will you get to see Ozzy Osbourne preach about the evils of heavy metal music?

Oh yeah: One person compared Sammi Curr to Alice Cooper, which isn't a bad comparison, but I am positive that he was modelled after Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. He had the same look and similar attitude, and just as Blackie was a big target of the PMRC, Sammi was a big target of the parents groups in Trick or Treat.

I would also highly recommend another cheesy 80s horror movie called "Basket Case".


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