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Favorite Movie Of All Time

10/10
Author: cradleoffilthfan777 from United States
21 June 2016

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A 1986 movie starring Marc "Skippy from Family Ties" Price, and Tony Fields and featuring guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, and Gene Simmons. With a soundtrack by the band Fastway which featured "Fast" Eddie Clarke formerly of Motorhead, and Dave King who is now in Flogging Molly (and refuses to acknowledge his past in metal music).

The plot of the movie being a boy by the name of Eddie "Ragman" Weinbauer (Marc Price) is a metal head who is constantly picked on in school because he loves heavy metal music. One day he is writing to his idol Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) telling him about how he hates his life in the high school he goes to which Sammi Curr is a alumnus of and how Sammi inspires him to rise above the hell of being there. He mails the letter and goes to wash some laundry and finds out that his idol has died in a hotel fire and he is crushed.

He goes to the local radio station and talks to his friend the local DJ Nuke (Gene Simmons) and finds out that before his death Sammi recorded one last album and that he is going to play it on Halloween night and that Nuke wants to give him the copy of the original vinyl pressing as a present knowing he is the biggest Sammi Curr fan he knows. He lets Eddie know he recorded it to play on Halloween as that was Sammi's request and that he could have that copy. Eddie is elated.

Once back home Eddie falls asleep listening to the album and has a dream about Sammi burning in the hotel fire doing a satanic ritual. He wakes up to find the record skipping and he hears something weird and decides to play the record backwards and Sammi starts speaking to him from beyond the grave. Sammi then instructs Eddie on how he can get revenge on his tormentors. Eddie then explains the situation to his best friend Roger (Glen Morgan) who is highly skeptical of the whole thing.

At first the revenge is light-hearted and non-violent, then things start to go awry. With the plans getting out of hand Eddie has to make a decision on what to do. I will not ruin the rest of the film for everyone else but to say it is epic is an understatement.

I relate to this movie a lot because I am a lot like the Eddie character as I was constantly bullied in school for loving heavy metal music and being different. So much so I now have post traumatic stress disorder because of it and to see a movie where the lead character refuses to put up with the bullies anymore is inspiring. The way he goes about it though is ludicrous and I understand that but it gave me hope when I first saw it in high school that everything would be OK.

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Great 80ies music High School Horror fun

10/10
Author: supermaggie
13 June 2016

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I have loved the movie the first time I saw it and I still love it after 30 years. It helps when you are a Metal fan (will add to the fun), but you do not have to be. The movie is (sadly) a rather rare example for a perfect combination of music, high school fun/action, horror and a great message: the message being Eddie, who is the bullied Heavy Metal fan who has our sympathy and every right to take revenge on his bullies and yet shows the most integrity and morals. A fun high school, horror music ride for everybody who loves the 80ies or ever was/is being bullied or has a heart for the ones being bullied/the underdogs - come on, you must (at least) love the first (rather harmless) acts how Eddie is taking revenge! And though the cameos of Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne are great, there is so much more to the movie than these scenes. Great fun. And though there are some parallels to the equally great/enjoyable 976 Evil and Brainscan, there has never been a movie like Ragman again, it's a shame, would have made more sense then Saw 6340... Go watch it and enjoy.

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Unsung 80s Horror Film

6/10
Author: gavin6942 from United States
30 December 2015

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 waves and automobiles and making a few human sacrifices.

I was not familiar with this film, and had no idea what it was about. Today, if you say "Trick or Treat", people will think of "Trick 'r Treat", if they know their horror films at all. But right from the start, I liked what was going on here, a rock and roll horror film set in the heavy metal 1980s when rock went head to head with the PMRC.

Unfortunately, the film does not quite live up to the early promise, and is not helped by some irritating music. (I like heavy metal, but some of the tracks on here are awful.) We get a story that is a bit like "Shocker" and a bit like "Rock and Roll Nightmare", though very much its own story... worth a peek, though perhaps not the lost treasure I wish I was.

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A metal fan has to prevent his idol awoken from the dead from wreaking havoc in his town.

6/10
Author: pal05052003 from Phnom Penh, Cambodia
31 October 2015

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When I first saw the movie, I still in Grade 5 or 6. There are several scenes that I still remember to this day, even though I never new what the title of the movie was. I was pleasantly surprised when I watched Trick or Treat, and realized it was the movie I had been searching for a long time. The memorable scene from my childhood(spoiler alert) was the toilet scene. Despite its age, it was fun to watch even now. Who would not want to see a metal listening nerd get revenge, and also get the girl? Who would have thought an evil rock star could be so bad ass? Who would imagine a rock star playing a priest bashing the music? Other strong points of the movie is the relatable characters such as Eddie, and his friend. The special effects were cool too. And the music before the climax literally rocked. In short, it was a great movie for Halloween.

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What made it watch able.

7/10
Author: jim54729 from Wisconsin usa
13 April 2011

I believe the soundtrack had the rocker band called "Fastway"? They rocked the sounds. with guest stars Ozy, and others, it was worth watching. Fastway is an under rated band of the 80s. Had some good moving the record backwards to hear the devils warning. basic kid is not understood by parents, puts music and rock n roll above all else, has his room decorated to the max in rock n roll, the movie was alright, the stars were better, and the music, soundtrack was perfect. well worth checking out, and if you haven't heard of fastway, and you like heavy metal of the 80's, your missing out on an important part of the 80's.

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"How can you listen to this?"

6/10
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.
5 September 2010

Oh the fun of playing records backwards to pick up on some sort of cryptic message… and there's a reason to why it's cryptic. This time it's used as a medium to the dead. Forget about seeing the names Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne, as they have nothing more than small guest appearances in this 80s heavy metal horror opus. "Trick or Treat" is your by-the-numbers heavy metal teenager Eddie finds himself an outcast at school, as he's picked on by the high school jocks. To make things worse his music idol Sammi Curr had just died in a hotel fire, but the local radio DJ (Simmons) gives him an only copy of Curr's unreleased album. Upon listening to it, he plays it backwards where Curr sends a message directly to Eddie from beyond the grave. Through this he scares those you picked on him, but then he finds out that he can't control the malevolent spirit of Curr.

What starts off like something that would have some sort of social commentary on the unfair image that's garnished from the hard rock scene (like the laughable phrase "rock pornography") or the obsessive nature of idolism or the freedom of expression in what you feel comfortable, but it goes on to settle for a simple junky revenge gone astray angle where it's a race against clock with some basic thrills peppered in. Nothing new, but enjoyable enough in its cheesy gimmicks where its dark edge is never sustained as it seems to have fun at its own expense. The most amusing thing happened to be Ozzy Osbourne's ironically funny cameo, in which he appears on a TV show as a reverend opposed to this sort of music. Nice little in-joke. Simmons is more so sombre in his role. Tony Fields brings a foreboding exuberance to his heavy metal star Curr, but I got more from it before he actually materialises to cause havoc. Still he crafts out a booming presence. Marc Price in the lead as Eddie is affably confident and there are likable turns by Lisa Orgolini and Glen Morgan as his friends. Doug Savant is suitably hateable and Elaine Joyce is a treat as Eddie's always concerned mother. And what is it without thrashing out the hard rock tunes --- it's a scorching soundtrack to boot with former Motorhead Eddie Clarke attached. Director Charles Martin Smith projects a crisp looking production, despite some kitschy optical work and elastically eccentric special effects.

Stereotypical, but nonsensical fun.

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Time for a bit of rock 'n' roll damnation.

8/10
Author: tyler-and-jack from Edinburgh.
20 October 2010

A movie that has long been a favourite of mine, Trick Or Treat takes that old notion of heavy metal being the devil's music and makes it into a fantastically entertaining horror premise.

Eddie Weinbauer plays Marc Price, a young man who gets constantly bullied at school thanks to his lack of cool factor and love of metal music. This, ironically, leads him to turn more and more to his music and especially the songs of his idol Sammi Curr (played by Tony Fields). Sammi used to go to the same high school as Marc so that's yet another reason for the lad to feel connected to the music. Sadly, Sammi dies under mysterious circumstances and Marc is devastated but there's a silver lining to the cloud when a local DJ (Nuke, played by Gene Simmons) manages to give him the last, hitherto unheard album. The news gets even better when Marc discovers messages hidden on the album tracks (the old backwards lyrics trick that so many heavy metal albums were accused of having) but as the messages get more specific it becomes clear that Curr has a plan to come back. A plan that Marc may not be able to go along with.

Playing out like a blend of Christine and some KISS adventure, Trick Or Treat works well by perfectly blending the headbanging heavy metal sense of fun with an entertaining horror story. The soundtrack, by Fastway, helps too and you get the sense that this movie is the genuine article as opposed to something cobbled together by someone who wants to tap into the potential of two big consumer groups.

Director Charles Martin Smith, working from a screenplay by numerous folk, does very well. Apparently, Glen Morgan (who appears here as Marc's friend) and James Wong also did some uncredited work on the screenplay and it certainly shows the mix of smarts and fun that most of their work has, though that's not to say they weren't just learning from Michael S. Murphey, Joel Soisson and Rhet Topham during the process.

All of the performances are at least decent and the cameos, from both Simmons and a cleaned-up Ozzy Osbourne as a preacher rallying against the evils of heavy metal music, are great fun.

It's perhaps not bloody or nasty enough in places for some genre fans but this is an entertaining horror movie, not one that wants to keep you up for the rest of the night or traumatise you for life. It's a blast from start to finish, full of amusing one-liners and centred around a decent performance from Eddie Weinbauer and a charismatic and evil turn from Tony Fields. It would appear that the devil does get all the best tunes.

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Smashing good fun, but something is missing

8/10
Author: sgtking from United States
1 October 2010

Metal and Horror have had a relationship for quite a while now. There are a lot of people, including yours truly, who are fans of both. Then of course there are those who believe both of these are just a couple things that are corrupting the young and are threats to society. Penelope Spheeris's documentary 'The Decline of Western Civilization part II: The Metal Years' touches on this issue, interviewing people from both sides. Even today there are parents so afraid that violent movies and music with vulgar language are going to warp their kids minds. Truth is there are so few cases where this has actually occurred. In the 80s some filmmakers had the idea of putting the two together, but most times the film would end being really cheesy. Then one film would take the myth of Satanic messages found on records when played backwards and both realize what the conservatives feared and poke fun at it at the same time.

Pros: A really cool and clever concept. Good performances from all involved. Great metal soundtrack. Good wicked sense of humor. Fast paced. Sammy Curr is one creepy and evil villain. Good special effects. Creative methods of killing. Some pretty good satire on the issue of the alleged negative effects of rock music on teenagers, which includes amusing cameos by a couple rock legends.

Cons: The buildup is really strong, but the payoff is a bit disappointing. Once Sammy is resurrected he doesn't do as much damage as you would expect. A curious lack of blood and gore. The villain is defeated much to easily when it should have been more difficult and drawn out.

Final thoughts: It may not deliver as much it could have, but this film has enough going for it to keep it afloat and still be a really great time. Fortunately unlike other films of this short-lived sub-genre, this one doesn't pile on the silliness and end up being a near parody. The people behind this film obviously set out to make a fun and stylish Horror flick and for the most part they succeeded. Required viewing for fans of Metal and Horror and also at Halloween time.

My rating: 4/5

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best damn movie ever. hands down.

10/10
Author: Quest ofMetaforce (midgetorgy@yahoo.com) from United States
26 May 2006

First off, this really is my favorite film ever. I don't need to give anyone a description because every a**hole does that. I am literally obsessed with this practically bloodless, cheesy, lame effects having', boom-stick showing', badly edited, 80's metal horror masterpiece. The director (I heard) had hoped for a hit at the box office so that he could do sequels and have a FREDDY/JASON type of deal for himself. Damn, I wish that could've went down like that! The soundtrack's banging'. The acting's good....CHECK THIS MOFO OUT. and any die-hard fans out there, feel free to email and chat sometime. Midgetorgy....I can be found at YAHOO.

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Rock's chosen warriors will rule the apocalypse

8/10
Author: DemonGate from Here
13 April 2006

Being a genre film fan, a child of the 80's AND a fan of hard rock music...this movie holds a special place in my heart. It has everything you could want in a supernatural movie: action, great special effects (for 1986) and a guitar wailing glam- rock soundtrack. It certainly was THE movie for all the heavy metal fans at the time. I didn't see this at the cinema because it was never released theatrically over here...but it's popularity on video during the mid to late eighties secured it's cult status and eventually led to a (sadly, mediocre) DVD release in 2002. If you're not a fan of creepy movies or rock music then this probably isn't your cup of tea...but, trust me, there are worse films of this type out there...and, despite average acting and some outrageously ridiculous situations, Trick or Treat is most definitely a wailing riff above the usual horror fare. You'll never look at your stereo the same way again. Or should I say MP3 player?

TRICK OR TREAT TRIVIA- Marc Price (Eddie) played geeky Skippy Handelman on the popular long running comedy sitcom 'Family Ties.' After a string of direct to video flops including, 'Little Devils''Killer Tomatoes eat France' and 'The Rescue' he gave up on acting to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Recently, he has been considering a TV comeback.

Glen Morgan (Roger) is now a major Hollywood producer/ screenwriter. He has written and produced several major films and TV series, including: 'Space: Above and Beyond''The X-Files''Final Destination''Jet Li's The One''Willard' and most recently 'Final Destination 3'.

Tony Fields (Sammi) started his performing career as a dancer on the TV series 'Solid Gold'. He appeared in several low budget films and TV shows before landing his breakout role as the devilish Sammi Curr in 'Trick or Treat'. Sadly, Tony passed away on February 27th 1995 of AIDS related cancer.

Doug Savant (Tim) is probably best remembered for his pioneering role of homosexual twentysomething Matt Fielding on the popular sitcom 'Melrose Place'. Since then he has had a long and varied acting career, appearing in such films and TV series as: 'The One''Godzilla''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' and the short lived Joss Whedon sci-fi series 'Firefly'. Currently he can be seen as Tom Scavo on the smash hit series 'Desperate Housewives'.

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