Remembering NC’s Halloween Cult Classic ‘Trick or Treat’
Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trick or Treat opened in theaters on October 24, 1986. and while it may not have the name recognition of John Carpenter’s Halloween, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, or even It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, it has become a rock and roll horror cult classic and an annual viewing tradition every Halloween among many genre fans.
Starring Marc Price (Skippy from Family Ties), Trick or Treat is the film that brought Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons together on the big screen, while creating a heavy metal Halloween icon that can walk, talk, and rock while slashing his victims.
When Price’s Eddie “Ragman” Weinbauer brings his rockstar idol Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) back from the dead by playing his final record backwards, all hell breaks lose, as the demon-ghost gleefully exacts revenge on those who once bullied Eddie, ultimately taking the stage once again at the annual high school Halloween dance for one last killer concert.
The best thing about Trick or Treat is how it serves as an ode to both the underappreciated horror genre of film and the equally underappreciated heavy metal genre of music, effectively celebrating both simutaneously while injecting just enough holiday imagery to rank it as a true “Halloween movie” and a guaranteed meeting place for fans of both genres.
It is also an underdog story, which fans of heavy metal and horror (and Halloween) will always relate to, as “Ragman” finds his inner coolness and self-worth in finally saying goodbye to his childhood hero and becoming one himself.
Wilmington locals may recognize a number of the locations featured in the film, including New Hanover High School, where much of the movie, including the Halloween dance, takes place.
Today we celebrate the 26th anniversary of Trick or Treat, a Halloween cult classic that rocks.
You can check out the poster and watch the original theatrical trailer and a few video clips from the film below, then tell us if you’ve ever seen Trick or Treat or if you plan to see it this Halloween in the comments!
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