The Michigan Daily
Monday, October 27, 1986
By Kurt Serbus
Peeeeuuuuuww! This one's a
real stinker. Trick Or Treat is an
amazingly dulI,cliched ripoff rushed
out to capitalize on the current (or
maybe not so current) controversy
surrounding heavy metal.
Eddie, a high school headbanger
who constantly gets abused by the
evil preppies in his class, finds his
only solace in the music of
Sammie Curr, an alumnus who
made it big by howling about
!teenage rebellion to kids who like
to stick their fists up in the air a
lot. When Sammie gets totally fried
in a hotel room fire, Eddie is a
broken man, until a local DJ hands
him the only known copy of
Sammie's last recording. It's a
metal album, so naturally Eddie
plays it backwards, but instead of
the usual back-masked schmaltz
Slike "This horse is Satan," he hears
secret messages from Sammie
telling him how to nail all those
preppies, and his mom, too, while
he's at it. Eddie dances to his tune
for a while, but things really go too
far when Curr pops right out of the
speakers, back from the dead as a
scary Electric Monster who shoots
lightning bolts out of his guitar.
It'll take more than Tipper Gore to
Sstop this leather-clad rock and roll
nightmare from the fiery pits of
This tenseless, suspenseless,
senseless crapola is redeemed in a
few instances, however, by some
good laughs- and some of them
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Lisa Orgolini and Marc Price (back, left) are terrorized by Tony Fields, who plays a heavy metal rock star
who returns from the grave in 'Trick or Treat.'
are even intentional. Here, I'll tell
them to you, so you don't have to
pay money to see them:
During a news report on
Sammie's death, they run some
concert footage of him biting the
head off of a snake and sucking up
the spurting blood (Awesome!).
In one scene, the Head Preppie
Bitch puts Sammie's satanic tape in
her Walkman and starts getting it
on with this glow-in-the-dark mist
that seeps out of the headphoncs
and starts swirling around her body
and stripping off her jumper. Then,
right at the magic moment of
climax, she opens her eyes, screams
in horror, and the camera cuts to
this humongous, twenty-foot
demon looming over her, banging
away with it's tongue hanging out.
Ozzy Osbourne and Gene
Simmons, the subjects of most of
the film's pre-release publicity,
appear onscreen for a total of about
three and a half minute each
There's some other funny jokes
in Trick Or Treat, but certainly __
nothing worth cranking up theSad >Cmy
jalopy for. As far as a good, solid
scare goes, you're not going to find
anything resembling that in this
picture. Director Charles Martin T EC l 7 3 1 0
Smith has absolutely zero instincts CIEST
in that area. And since Trick Or
Treat is supposed to be a horror p rtnykn ks..
movie on some level, I guess that N xeinencsay
makes it a miserable, rotten failure.
Angst are at their best when
their lyrics aren't too mired in their
namesake, but the sound is a good
deal closer. Confused?
Well, San Francisco's Angst has
continued their movement away
yesteryear, atren whch to hold
on last year's Lite Life, and this
new LP is a. logical progression.
But Mending Wall, like its
predecessor, is also a very difficult
record to get a grasp on. Perhaps
it's intentional. .Categories just slip
euive ques t o find a "label'" r
the Angst sound. On one hand, it's
tempting to say this trio is headed
for a subdued pop groove; on the
other hand they just a coarser strand
of rock and roll with maybe a little
surf thowntiat times, too. tle,
the Angst sound is certainly an
accessable type of thing. It's their
lyrics which can use a little work
here and there, as they are often
exstremely melodramatic. The songs
can become one tedius gripe after
See RECORDS, Page 8
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