Growing up in the 70's I was warned repeatedly about the horrors of rock and roll. Backwards masking on LP's contained hidden messages about the devil and many bands such as AC/DC (AnitChrist Devil's Cult) and KISS (Kings in Satan's Service) were accused of attending Black Masses and swore their allegiance to the Dark Lord. I knew it was bull$*@ then and it's bull$*@ now. Long live rock and roll! Trick or Treat is a comedic horror send-up of all things metal. It brilliantly casts Gene Simons as a deejay and Ozzie Osbourne as a conservative Christian preacher. If that's not enough to entice you to watch it, I don't know what will!
While Trick or Treat is hardly a horror masterpiece, it's got a lot of things going for it. The soundtrack from metal band Fastaway shreds it's way through a tale of teenage angst, bullying and, oh yeah, resurrecting a dead rock star. Marc Price, who played next door neighbor Skippy on Family Ties, has an opportunity to shed his squeaky clean image as Eddie who is the dead rock star's greatest fan. The other well known actor in this film is Doug Savant [Melrose Place] who plays the bully quite effectively. It's all class 80's stuff and both actors give it all they've got.
The real standout for me is Tony Fields who plays the dead rock star in question, Sammi Curr. His performance is quirky and fascinating to watch, especially the concert scene where he owns the stage like the demon-possessed soul Sammi Curr claimed to be. After watching the film I learned that Fields was a trained dancer and it definitely shows. Fields appeared in numerous music videos including Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and "Thriller." He was also a Solid Gold dancer and appeared in the film version of "A Chorus Line as well."
If you're looking for serious horror, Trick or Treat will likely disappoint. If, however, you're looking for a fun ride then it will fit the bill quite nicely. It's everything some people either love or hate about 80's horror. I happen to love it!
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.