Friday, 25 February 2011


Not to be confused with the recent 'Trick R Treat' flick, this 1986 teen horror movie follows the misadventures of a teenaged heavy metal fan who is constantly bullied by his peers. When is rock hero dies and an unreleased album is passed on to him, he discovers a hidden message that is able to resurrect his idol as a super-powered demon. Chaos ensues.

This film tapped into the controversy over supposed back-masked messages in metal albums, as well as offering up a rock n' roll Freddy Krueger in the form of Sammi Curr. It became my absolute favourite film for a while as a teenager due to the fact that it was like watching my own life unfold onscreen, erm, apart from the demonic bit. I was the geeky metal nerd that everyone loved to hate, even the other rockers hated me at school. Trick Or Treat made it all a bit easier to deal with.

I mean, who wouldn't love to see a school bully garrotted to a table with a high-powered drill aiming at their head?

I recently found the soundtrack album to the film on ebay and had to have it in my life. Those Fastway songs, cheesy as they are, perfectly sum up a period of my life that was extremely turbulent. Then again, it usually is for everyone.

Anyway. Here's the trailer to an underrated gem that I see as a genre classic. Rock on.

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