More 80’s Cheesiness here with Trick or Treat. For those old enough to remember, Heavy Metal was a dirty word in the 1980’s. Tipper Gore (wife of future politician Al Gore) lead a movement called the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Centre). The PMRC condemned rock n roll and heavy metal as tools of the devil and even tried to get many heavy metal bands banned or censored. They claimed some bands had backmasked messages in their songs which would subliminally influence the youth of America.
This movie is based loosely on that controversy in a tongue in cheek fashion using the idea that heavy metal can summon the dead. It follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie, a young metal fan who is getting mercilessly bullied at school. His Idol, and heavy metal legend Sammi Curr (who co-incidently went to the same high school many years earlier) dies and Eddie manages to summon his spirit when inadvertantly playing Sammi’s last unreleased recording backwards. The returned Sammi Curr then wreaks his revenge on unsuspecting victims. Of course it’s then up to Eddie to try and stop his Idol Sammi.
Trick or Treat is quite watchable if you like 80’s Shlock, and 80’s heavy metal (which I do). I’m not sure how others not into heavy metal would take it. Honestly, there are a couple of cool little cameos including Gene Simmons (KISS) and of course Ozzy Osbourne perfectly cast as a concerned preacher looking out for the youth of the day. If you don’t like 80’s heavy metal this will probably bore the shit out of you. The 80’s was a special time full of awesome denim and big hair that now looks so cringe worthy its almost worth watching the film for the fashion horrors alone . Which many of us lived!
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