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Trick or Treat (1986)

A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Hallowe'en night approaches, he discovers that he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave.

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Rhet Topham (story), Michael S. Murphey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Price ... Eddie Weinbauer
Tony Fields ... Sammi Curr
Lisa Orgolini ... Leslie Graham
Doug Savant ... Tim Hainey
Elaine Joyce ... Angie Weinbauer
Glen Morgan Glen Morgan ... Roger Mockus
Gene Simmons ... Nuke
Ozzy Osbourne ... Rev. Aaron Gilstrom
Elise Richards Elise Richards ... Genie Wooster
Richard Pachorek Richard Pachorek ... Ron Avery
Clare Torao ... Maggie Wong-Hernandez (as Clare Nono)
Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Sylvia Cavell
Larry Sprinkle Larry Sprinkle ... Marv McCain
Charles Martin Smith ... Mr. Wimbley
Claudia Templeton ... Hysterical Survivor
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The ultimate comeback! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farce ou festin See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,912,687, 26 October 1986

Gross USA:

$6,797,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,797,218
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All songs in the movie are written by the band "Fastway" which consisted of former Motorhead Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and current "Flogging Molly" vocalist Dave King. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Eddie is doing his laundry and watching a news report, there is a 5 second shot of the TV screen he is looking at. If you look carefully at the left hand side of the screen you can see a reflection of the film crew. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Weinbauer: [Roger has been electrocuted] Roger, man!
[looks up at Leslie]
Eddie Weinbauer: I think he's dead.
Roger Mockus: Actually, I am dying.
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Crazy Credits

A brief clip with Ozzy Osbourne as Rev. Aaron Gilstrom appears after the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Trick Or Treat
Composed and Performed by Fastway
Written by Fast Eddie Clarke (as Eddie Clarke) and Will Reid Dick
Courtesy of CBS Records
Published by De Laurentiis Music (ASCAP)
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So Cheesy It's Cool!
26 July 2003 | by simplyaliceSee 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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