The 1986 rock ‘n roll horror film Trick or Treat is getting a Blu-ray and 4K UHD release, and some details have been revealed!
Last week, we heard the awesome news that the 1986 rock ‘n roll horror film Trick or Treat, one of my all-time favorite movies, is getting a Blu-ray and 4K UHD release (and possibly a new DVD release) from Synapse Films. The exact date of the release has yet to be announced. However, they hope to have it out by the end 2023, and ideally in October. Synapse Films is collaborating with Michael Felsher of Red Shirt Pictures on this release, and now Felsher has revealed some details to Rue Morgue, confirming that we can expect to see a documentary, a commentary, and interviews on the disc.
Directed by Charles Martin Smith from a screenplay by Rhet Topham, Joel Soisson, and Michael S. Murphey (with an uncredited polish from the Final Destination duo of James Wong and Glen Morgan), Trick or Treat has the following synopsis: This mesmerizing horror adventure takes you into the terrifying dark side of rock’n’roll. Marc Price (Family ties) plays Eddie Weinbauer, an outcast teenager who idolizes Sammi, a heavy-metal rock star. After Sammi’s violent death, Sammi’s spirit returns to help Eddie take revenge on his high school tormentors. Sammi takes control of Eddie’s life, and he is drawn deeper into the occult. The horrifying events that follow leave no one untouched. The horrifying events that follow leave no one unscathed.
Marc Price is joined in the cast by Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Elaine Joyce, and Glen Morgan, with Tony Fields as Sammi Curr and special appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.
Felsher told Rue Morgue that the 4K transfer of Trick or Treat, done from the original negative, is gorgeous, and probably the best the film has ever looked. The Blu-ray/4K release will include the theatrical sound mix and they are also planning something more expansive like a Dolby7.1 track. They hope to interview composer Christopher Young, and members of Fastway – the band who provided the music for Sammi Curr. There will be a tribute paid to the late Tony Fields. This will be a lengthy documentary, not a 30-minute piece. It will be longer, I’d imagine, than what I did for Massacre At Central High or The Kinred – something substantial. There will be a stills gallery, TV spots and the trailer. There’s plenty of behind-the scenes footage floating around. I’m also hoping to involve the director of photography, Robert Elswit, who went on to work with Paul Thomas Anderson and won an Oscar for There Will Be Blood.“In case you haven’t seen the documentaries he mentioned: the
Massacre at Central High documentary was 42 minutes and the one for The Kindred was 51 minutes.Felsher went on to say that Marc Price has already been contacted about recording an audio commentary, and there’s hope they’ll get Charles Martin Smith to chime in as well. Sean Clark will be providing a
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds where he visits filming locations in Wilmington North Carolina. There will also likely be variant packaging. Felsher stated that “will have the original theatrical artwork and the reverse will probably be foreign or UK art.” We’ll definitely do O-cards, slipcovers and possibly a few different pieces of artwork. We’re working on figuring out all of this stuff now so that we can put it together during the summer. I’m guessing that it will be released in October, but this is not an official announcement. It would make sense to release it around that time. But when we have the opportunity to make a firm date announcement, you’ll be able to take that to the bank, because we’re not going to announce that until we have everything in hand and ready to go.“This sounds like it’s going to be a great release, and it’s already a guaranteed purchase for me even before all the details have been worked out. Will you be purchasing the Blu-ray/4K release of
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