This is it. Halloween is upon us. I hope you’ve enjoyed the list of 31 movies to get you into the mood for this day of candy, masks, and apples. I have found some films that will become annual rituals for me to view, and I’ve come across others that I will put into the bag of the local blockhead.
The whole process was an enjoyable one for me. I am going to do a marathon all-night’r to watch a few more that I wasn’t able to fit into the blog! I hope that you will watch a few of the films that you haven’t seen, or re-watch those that you’ve long forgotten but were reminded of in these pages.
I chose today’s film, as you’ll see, simply because of the title. I’m perfectly aware that there was a similarly titled film, “Trick ‘r Treat”, released in 2009, but today’s film is a classic. Any fan of the 80‘s, heavy metal hair bands, or “Family Ties” will find something to like in today’s entry.
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31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Trick or Treat ~
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Cast: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Glen Morgan
Country: United States
Specs: 98 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: R
Heavy metal fan Eddie Weinbauer is an outcast at his high school, often finding himself the butt of the local jocks (Savant) antics. After receiving an unreleased vinyl album from his recently deceased idol, rocker Sammi Curr (Fields), he plays it backwards, calling forth the demonic reincarnation of Curr. When Curr exacts vengeance on those who keep down the underdog, Eddie retracts and attempts to save the lives of those who hurt him, destroying and sending the demon Curr back where he came from, before it’s too late.
In a formula seen in other films, such as “Karate Kid”, the outcast boy who likes the popular girl gets picked on by the school jock, only to have a mentor help him to defeat those who persecute him. In this case, however, the mentor is a very brief appearance by Gene Simmons, of Kiss (and “Family Jewels”, natch) fame. Any person who was ever the downtrodden, looked down upon, heavy metal loving misfit in high school will certainly enjoy the opening moments of the film.
Myself, however, felt the opening moments were the strongest in this otherwise average “revenge” sci-fi/horror film. The movie becomes a little long in the tooth after the first act. I felt the actions of Skippy, I’m sorry, Eddie, didn’t make much sense once Curr is resurrected. In would have played better had he actually started to exact revenge himself, until things got out of hand. Instead, we get one act of “revenge”, then once it turns physically dangerous, he chickens out and we get the rest of the film.
The appearances by Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne (don’t be mislead by some ads, etc. for the film. Both “actors” are only in the film for a few minutes, tops. They both do turn in impressive performances, however small that may be, but too short to be labeled “starring”.) In fact, I rather enjoyed seeing Osbourne before the years of abuse took it’s toll on his speech and motor functions.
The film features entertaining heavy metal music from Fastway, and scores of album covers, references to, and posters featuring the likes of Anthrax, Judas Priest, Osbourne, and Megadeth. Fans of that genre will get enjoyment on that alone.
In closing, not a horrible film. Sadly, not a great one neither.
PS. Make sure to watch after the credits! And don’t dare to play the soundtrack backwards.
You’ve been warned.
My Rating: *** / C+
Coming in November….Films to Be Thankful For???