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It's Halloween night, so what better a movie than the cult classic from the 80s Trick Or Treat?! What better a movie that featured guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne as a crazy evangelical preacher, ranting about the evils of rock music. With Gene Simmons as Nuke a radio DJ (who was originally offered the role of protagonist Sammi Curr), and almost starred Blackie Lawless from the band W.A.S.P in the role of the Sammi Curr. (Now that would have been the cherry on the icing on the cake.)
In the movie Eddie Weinbauer hears his hero Sammi Curr has died in a hotel fire. Devastated he visits his DJ friend Nuke who knew Sammi Curr personally. Nuke gives Eddie the only copy of Curr's last and as yet unreleased album, Songs in the Key of Death. Nuke plans to play it in full at midnight on Halloween in tribute to Curr. Eddie takes it home and falls asleep listening to it. He wakes-up as the album is skipping, and decides to play the album backwards.
It is a heavy metal album after all... And at the peak of claims of backmasking during the 1980s. A period of time when crazy Christians went on the attack, claiming that many heavy metal songs contained secret Satanic messages that could only be heard if you played the album backwards. Perfectly placed at the pinnacle of the paranoia, Trick Or Treat is a wonderful piece of schlock horror. Self-referential and tongue-in-cheek before such kinds of horror movies became the vogue. An absolute classic of 80s horror movies, and much under-rated. Trick Or Treat should be placed high on anyone's Halloween play-list.