Trick or Treat (1986)

Trick or Treat (1986)

Taglines: What are you afraid of? It’s only rock and roll…

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 (Marc Price) is devastated by the news and turns to local radio DJ “Nuke” (Gene Simmons) 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 the record is played backwards.

Trick or Treat is a 1986 American supernatural horror film by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, and Lisa Orgolini, with special appearances by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. The film centers around a teenager who is haunted by the ghost of his rock hero. It is the directorial debut of actor Charles Martin Smith.

Trick or Treat (1986) - Lisa Orgolini

About the Story

High school outcast Eddie Weinbauer (Marc Price) is writing a letter to his hero, heavy metal musician Sammi Curr (Tony Fields). A vulgar and infamous superstar, Sammi is a hometown hero of Eddie’s town, and an alumnus of Eddie’s own Lakeridge High School. He puts the letter in an envelope and starts doing his chores.

Watching the news at the same time, following a report on Sammi’s being banned from returning to Lakeridge High to perform at the Halloween dance, Eddie is shocked to hear the worst words to ever reach his ears: Sammi Curr has died in a mysterious hotel fire. Eddie is completely devastated. He goes to his friend “Nuke” (Gene Simmons), a radio DJ who knew Sammi Curr personally.

To take Eddie’s mind off the death of his idol, Nuke gives Eddie the only copy of Curr’s last and as-yet unreleased album, “Songs in the Key of Death”, on an acetate disc. Nuke has recorded the disc onto high quality tape and plans to play it in its entirety on-air at midnight on Halloween as a tribute since, according to Nuke, that was always Sammi’s plan for the album’s debut.

Once back home, Eddie falls asleep while listening to the record and has a strange dream about the fire that killed Sammi Curr. When he wakes up he finds that the record is skipping and after listening to it for a few seconds he comes to realize that something is not quite right about the lyrics that the record is stuck on. Having previous experience with hidden lyrics, Eddie plays the record backwards, but receives more than he imagined: Sammi Curr speaking to him from beyond the grave.

Trick or Treat Movie Poster (1986)

Trick or Treat (1986)

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith
Starring: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Elaine Joyce, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne, Elise Richards, Clare Nono, Claudia Templeton
Screenplay by: Michael S. Murphey
Production Design by: Curtis A. Schnell
Cinematography by: Robert Elswit
Film Editing by: Jane Schwartz Jaffe
Costume Design by: Jill M. Ohanneson
Set Decoration by: Douglas A. Mowat
Art Direction by: Colin D. Irwin
Music by: Christopher Young
Distributed by: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Release Date: October 24, 1986