A Cult Metal Horror Classic… Trick or Treat (1986)

In 1985, the hysteria over music’s devious impact on the teenage brain was in full effect. The Satanic Panic of the 80s meant that the news was full of stories of metal’s subliminal messages and demonic influence on the malleable brains of the young. Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) came out with their Filthy Fifteen list in 1985, a list of 15 songs they rated as the top offenders in music, of which 8 were metal songs (Prince’s “Darling Nikki” was #1…ok, I kind of get that one). The PRMC held hearings in D.C. meant to demonstrate the immoral and dangerous influence of heavy metal, but instead it resulted in the record industry’s most profitable marketing campaign – the “Parental Advisory: Explicit Content” stamp that so many kids have looked for since when buying music. One result of all this “subliminal message” press metal was getting was the horror movie Trick or Treat, a box office hit celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This movie celebrates the 1980s teenage metalhead and probably won 80s metal some converts with its soundtrack by Fastway and gave some right winger’s heart attacks with its popularity. Plus there’s a cameo by Ozzy Osbourne as a televangelist. So check out an 80s cult metal horror classic below!


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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation webzine and clothing alongside her husband Sean.


  1. January 30, 2016 at 12:57 am — Reply

    Ian Benjamin Finnegan Thompson movie night bro

  2. January 29, 2016 at 11:03 am — Reply

    Pibe Nue me parece que va por aca

  3. January 29, 2016 at 7:42 am — Reply

    I wish I knew about this movie sooner, it’s Glorious! 8D

  4. January 29, 2016 at 7:27 am — Reply

    Classic is a bit of an overstatement

  5. January 29, 2016 at 6:44 am — Reply

    Still have it on dvd

  6. January 29, 2016 at 6:30 am — Reply

    Jeremy Ison

  7. January 29, 2016 at 4:46 am — Reply

    Just talking about this movie the other day. I’ve gotta see it again!

  8. January 29, 2016 at 4:17 am — Reply

    Great soundtrack , shit movie .

  9. January 29, 2016 at 3:45 am — Reply

    Just picked up the soundtrack on vinyl. It’s killer!

  10. January 29, 2016 at 2:07 am — Reply

    Love it 😈

  11. January 29, 2016 at 1:43 am — Reply

    I have been looking for this movie my whole life i was like 8 when i saw it omg thanks!!!!

  12. January 29, 2016 at 1:04 am — Reply

    Fast Eddie Clark!

  13. January 29, 2016 at 12:37 am — Reply


  14. January 29, 2016 at 12:29 am — Reply

    Played that tape so much I killed it!

  15. January 29, 2016 at 12:08 am — Reply

    One of the best soundtracks of all time.

  16. January 29, 2016 at 12:05 am — Reply

    Thomas Lara

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