Trick or Treat (1986 film), DVD

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Trick or Treat is a 1986 horror film by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, and Lisa Orgolini, with special appearances by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne.

Plot

High school outcast Eddie Weinbauer is writing a letter to his hero, metal musician Sammi Curr. He puts the letter in an envelope and starts doing his chores. He watches the news at the same time when he hears the worst words to ever reach his mind: Sammi Curr has died in a mysterious hotel fire. He is completely devastated. He goes to his friend "Nuke" (Gene Simmons), a 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 only unreleased album on an acetate disc.

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 there is something not right about the words 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.

Sammi instructs him on how to go about getting revenge on a group of bullies that like to torment Eddie, since Sammi was bullied constantly in high school and would like to take the revenge on bullies he never got to take himself. At first the revenge is innocent enough, but after a while the plans start to become more sinister, eventually starting to involve murder, and Eddie finally tries cutting ties with the dead rocker, but Sammi will not let him. Eddie accidentally spills some soda on the record which causes an electrical surge that gives Sammi just the amount of energy he needs to get out of the record and become able to carry out his sinister plans without the help of another; the only setback is that Sammi can only travel through radios or anything else electronic, so, no radios, no way for Sammi to carry out his plans. Eddie goes on a path to destroying every radio he sees to prevent Sammi from carrying out his plans.This leads to a final confrontation between Eddie and Sammi. Eddie finally lures Sammi (in a cassette tape) to a police car and starts dissing and insulting him until he breaks out and tries to attack Eddie from behind a gate in the car. Eddie drives the police car off an unfinished bridge, short-circuiting the tape, thus, destroying Sammi.

Production

Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P. was to originally play Sammi Curr.[citation needed] Ozzy Osbourne plays a televangelist decrying the evils of heavy metal music. "Lunch Of The Dead" is displayed on a cinema marquee. According to The Internet Movie Database, no such film exists. It was likely an invention of the props department.

Casting

Director Charles Martin Smith (known for his acting roles in motion pictures such as American Graffiti and Never Cry Wolf) takes the helm of this project as his directorial debut. In a brief cameo, Smith plays the high school principal, killed by a bolt of electricity fired from Sammi Curr's guitar during the Halloween dance.

After long debate, the role of undead rock icon Sammi Curr went to Tony Fields, a former Solid Gold dancer and one of the stars of A Chorus Line.

Eddie WeinBauer is played by Marc Price (known for his role as 'Skippy' on the television show 'Family Ties'). Eddie's mother is played by Elaine Joyce.

Doug Savant (of Melrose Place and Desperate Housewives fame) plays Tim Hainey, the popular bully responsible for much of Eddie Weinbauer's angst.

Alice Nunn plays Mrs. Sylvia Cavell.

Special effects for the movie were created by Kevin Yagher, who would go on to provide the effects for such horror icons as Freddy Krueger and the Crypt Keeper from HBO's Tales from the Crypt. Kevin also had a cameo in the movie as the lead singer / guitarist for the band playing at the high school Halloween dance (Sammi Curr's hand reaches through the amplifier and explodes Yagher's head).

Soundtrack

All Sammi Curr music done by the band Fastway and upcoming composer Christopher Young. In the stack of records the mother looks at, the last LP is a copy of Megadeth's Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, with a cut corner. Normally a record with cut corners denotes that it was a radio promo, or was for discounted sale only. The other records in the stack were also real releases. Included was a 4 song E.P. by U.S. heavy metal/horror rock band Impaler, Rise of the Mutants, and Canadian Thrash Metal band Exciter's 1986 LP Unveiling the Wicked and Savatage's 1984 release The Dungeons Are Calling. On the walls in Eddies room there are posters of Judas Priest, Anthrax, Raven, Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne and Kiss. On his locker door in school there is also a sticker with Lizzy Borden. Co-Composer Christopher Young went on to compose music for the films The Gift, Urban Legend, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man 3, Drag Me to Hell and The Uninvited. Gene Simmons was originally offered the role of Sammi Curr, but he did not think much of the script and ultimately agreed to do only a cameo as a radio DJ. Simmons later said in an interview that he chose to play the role as a childhood hero of his, Wolfman Jack. The only band that performs music in the movie is Fastway.
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