“What would we do baby, without us?? What would we dooooo baby, without us???” Oh, sorry. For whatever reason I have the Family Ties theme song stuck in my head today. And then I got to thinking about Skippy (Marc Price) from that show. And that of course got me to thinking about the 1986 horror/metal hybrid Trick Or Treat! I always loved the original poster art for this movie, so I wanted to show some love to it. So…….gaze your eyes on that Sammi Curr prize below!
To me, this is a quintessential 80’s horror movie because it combines the horror AND the metal – two of my passions back then and still today. But the poster art really stuck out to me, including the font used for the title. The use of the jack-o-lantern is rad (figured I’d use an 80’s term there), and the tagline “What are you afraid of? It’s only rock & roll.” hits my horror spot. Seek this movie out this coming Halloween, as I feel a lot of people forget about it. A proper Blu-ray/DVD release would be ideal (I’m looking at you, Scream Factory) – but until then, scrounge up your old DVD copies and watch it on Youtube if you have to! Sha la la la………
One of my fondest memories of Halloween (besides the time that a crazy neighbor threw chocolate-covered grasshoppers at me and my friends) was getting home from a night of trick-or-treating and dumping my candy out on the kitchen table to gaze at my sugary prizes. Oh it was exciting. I would take my bucket…..lift the bucket high over my head…..and then see:
Sonofabitch. It’s those damned dreaded Peanut Butter Kisses!! (smoke comes out nostrils and ears) Do you ever want to know what a stomach ache tastes like? Eat some Peanut Butter Kisses. Now look, I get it – adults in the neighborhood didn’t want to spend a lot on Halloween candy, so they would opt for the ‘cheaper’ options to try and get by. And yes, I also get that the colors of the wrapping are festive for Halloween. So it should be a ‘win-win’ situation, right? Nope.
But alas, there is a bit of charm associated with Peanut Butter Kisses because they DO symbolize Halloween and yes……some people even (gulp) like them. So maybe I’ve been too harsh in the past on these acquired taste (only if you have any true taste) candies, and I should embrace them for what they are: Terrible tasting peanut butter flavored taffy candy that still makes me smile because they scream ‘Halloween’. And sometimes, that’s all that matters, right? Yay, Halloween!
Sometimes when I get bored, I type older horror movies into the Rotten Tomatoes ‘search box’ and see what the Tomatometer is. And since it’s that time of the year for Halloween-themed horror movies, I figured I would type in a movie that is synonymous with Halloween: Trick Or Treat. Now I know that some of you newbies to the horror world might think I meant the fantastic anthology horror movie that came out in 2007 (with a slightly different name), but I am talking about the heavy metal horror awesomeness that came out in 1986!
So what would you guess that the Tomatometer is for Trick Or Treat? 10%? 40%? Hmmmmmm……try 71%! Granted that’s only out of 7 reviews (5 fresh and 2 rotten), but impressive nonetheless considering the type of horror movie that Trick Or Treat is. The storyline: Ridiculous. The soundtrack: Straight 80’s metal goodness. But in a time when the 80’s were churning out a lot of cheesy horror movies, it’s nice to see this one get some love on Rotten Tomatoes. As one reviewer put it – “Yes, it’s trash, but it’s special trash to me.” Couldn’t have said better myself random reviewer!
So the next time you’re thinking of a cheesy old school horror movie, and you want to see if any reviewers gave it any love – look it up on Rotten Tomatoes and you may be surprised! Jesus – this whole post sounded like I just jerked off Rotten Tomatoes and gave them a bunch of free publicity. They could have at least bought me dinner first.