We all remember that one troubled kid in high school who wears jean jackets and heavy metal shirts. The loner with a fractured family unit, aloof, and adrift on a self perpetuating sea of angst. Trick or Treat concerns that archetype as its hero, Eddie (Marc Price, Family Ties) a bullied teen who worships at the altar of Heavy Metal of which shock rocker Sammi Curr is high priest. The film opens up on a montage of Eddie’s room as it pans over posters of Anthrax, Ozzy Osbourne, and other such acts as Eddie pens a letter to Sammi chronicling his problems with bullies at school only to see a news report that Sammi died in a hotel fire. Sammi starts to talk to Eddie through records played backwards, which results in Eddie getting revenge on the bullies; but Sammi takes things too far and Eddie has to step up to save the day.
Unfortunately, this review was destroyed because I hit “backspace” in the editing process, and instead of deleting the text selected, it redirected my web-browser to a previous draft of this review that only contained the above paragraph. I should have listened to my high school keyboard teacher, the late Mrs. Hardee, who told us “Save early, save often”. Anyways, long story short, Ozzy Osbourne plays a televangelist, Gene Simmons plays a DJ, Sammi Currs green ghost makes love to the bullies woman when she listens to his tape, and in the finale Sammi plays an encore performance from the grave at a high school where he shoots everyone with lighting from his guitar; all of these things make this one of the greatest films of all time. The director, Charles Martin Smith, went on to helm the first entry in the critically acclaimed Air Bud series before directing the Dolphin’s Tale franchise.