Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 02/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First thing's first - Amazon has the listing for the Trick or Treat soundtrack linked with the listings for the VHS and DVD versions of the movie. I'm reviewing the soundtrack here, not the film.
UK rockers Fastway provided the music for the 1987 horror film Trick or Treat, which featured a heavy metal theme and boasted (brief) guest appearances from Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. The movie was terrible (I love it, but let's be honest), but the soundtrack is pretty good. It's essentially the fourth Fastway studio album, and the last to feature vocalist Dave King, who has since gone on to much success with Flogging Molly.
If the early Fastway albums are straightforward hard rock, the Trick or Treat soundtrack is pure 80's hair metal. It's catchy, melodic and rocking, but nowhere near as sinister as the movie might suggest. There was some legitimately scary metal in 1987, but Fastway wasn't it. Anyway, Fast Eddie Clarke serves up some great hooks and riffs here, and King does his best Robert Plant impression, and somehow the whole thing fits together pretty well. Highlights include "Stand Up", "Tear Down the Walls" and the title track.
If you're a Fastway fan, a fan of the movie, and/or a fan of 80's era hard rock, you'll want to grab the Trick or Treat soundtrack. As of this writing it is still in print and is by far the cheapest of the Fastway back catalog.
Trick of Treat
Carl Manes | 07/29/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A bullied rocker that is obsessed with his late Heavy Metal idol Sammi Curr begins earning his revenge against his high school tormentors after following the messages hidden in Sammi's final recording in this late-80s possession tale. It plays out many of the revenge fantasies of the average teen misfit, set to a rocking soundtrack, atmospheric locations, and all of the rubber monsters and gratuitous nudity one would come to expect in 80s Horror. Only a film made in this decade could have a demonic Rock icon return from Hell to kill off the local teenagers by shooting lightning bolts from his electric guitar! Marc Price is enjoyable as the outcast lead, while Tony Field's wild looks and outlandish performance make for an entertaining villain. TRICK OR TREAT also plays on many of the controversies surrounding the music scene of the time, touching on censorship, repressive religion, and the unfair media associations between Rock 'N Roll and sex, drugs, and violence. This supernatural revenge flick is sure to please unexpecting fans of 80s Horror!
I Like Horror Movies"