Trick or Treat (1986)

Nomination Year: 2004
SYNOPSIS:  The story's about Eddie "Ragman" Weinbauer, a high-school outcast whose idol is Sammi Curr, a Satan-worshipping hardcore rockerboy who came from the same school. When Sammi dies in a hotel fire, Ragman is devastated. But not as devastated as he will be when he comes into possession (ha) of Sammi's never-before-aired last recording, which, when played backwards, sets the stage for Sammi's comeback tour -- from Hell! Apparently, playing the recording allows Sammi to return as an electrical ghost-demon. Part 976-EVIL, part Wes Craven's Shocker, part Halloween 2, all Bad.

Most Ludicrous Premise

Damnation Alley
Ragman explains the resurrection of Sammi Curr to his honey, and they decide what to do next.

"Wanna Run That By Me Again?"

I'm Not Sure, But I Think the Answer's "Yes"
Ragman is cornered in the metal shop. The jock-bully begins to spout epithets and a meaningless, chest-beating speech, while fondling a wrench. "Do you think I'm a puss? A wussy fuckin' weaktit? ... I think you're confused." The "magic of the music" then goes on to nearly kill the bully with a drill to the head, but Ragman saves him -- and he still threatens the guy. Damn right I'm confused.

Smithee Award Winner! "Alas, Poor Yorick"

Brought to You through the Magic of Television
Sammi reaches into the television and pulls out an old lady and fries her right there. Classic, hilarious effect.

Smithee Award Winner!MegaMetaSmithee Award Winner! Deus Ex Machina

Looking a Little Flushed
After heading idiotically into a dead-end, our heroes find themselves cornered in a bathroom by the electrical demon of Sammi, with no way out. Luckily, Sammi trips and sticks his arm in the toilet bowl, which seems to drain away his energy, at least enough for them to escape. Yeesh.

Worst Cover Copy

Overall, I'd Say "Trick"
The cover copy says that it stars Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. They're both in there, but perhaps for a combined total of six minutes, tops. They play unrelated characters not terribly central to the plot. Ozzy, ironically, plays a bible-thumping moralist opposing the evils of rock music. Neither character looks like the pictures on the cover. And what's missing? The film's actual leading characters, of course.

Worst Picture

Play Misty for Me
Playing a tape meant for her boyfriend, this girl gets it. Eerie green mist starts coming from her headphones (which, by the way, appear to be on *backwards* -- note the "R" on her *left* ear). The mist and/or music appear to be having a decidedly sexy effect on her (I wonder if this is the same green mist from Nightwish). Out pop the breasts. Then she opens her eyes and we catch a glimpse of a really dumb-looking demon who licks its tongue over her body. Neither the demon, its tongue, nor her body are ever seen again for the rest of the film.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Marc Price "Skippy" on Family Ties 
Tony Fields Was a Solid Gold Dancer; died of AIDS 
Lisa Orgolini  
Gene Simmons Hard-rocking KISS co-founder and bandmember 
Ozzy Osbourne Bat-biting, slurring, hard-core British rock superstar, now turned reality-TV icon 
Elaine Joyce Game show icon of the '70s, now married to Neil Simon 
Director Claim to Fame
Charles Martin Smith Director of Air Bud--'nuff said 

Bryan Cassidy

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