- Awesome Music: The soundtrack, "After Midnight" especially.
- Complete Monster: Sammi Curr is a cruel and deranged devil-worshipping rock star, who was killed in what is implied to be a ritual suicide. When his spirit makes contact with his biggest fan, a bullied student named Eddie, Sammi encourages Eddie to take part in revenge pranks against his bullies, quickly showing his darker colors when he tries to get the main bully Tim's head crushed in one of these pranks, and murders a preacher and the head of the PTA out of annoyance. This comes to a head when Sammi molests and hospitalizes Tim's girlfriend Gennie for cheap thrills. When Eddie tries to break off contact with Sammi, he threatens to go after Eddie's friend and crush Leslie, and humors the idea of killing Eddie's mother in an attempt to force Eddie to play his cursed record and tape at the Halloween dance. Later, Sammi forces Eddie's friend Roger to play his music by threatening his life. At the dance, when the music summons Sammi, he kicks things off by killing several students in the crowd. Sammi continues his rampage with the plan on having his music play on air to spread his influence, and kills a cop and his old friend Nuke as he chases down and tries to kill Eddie and Leslie.
- Cult Classic
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Sammi.
- Moral Event Horizon: Tim and his buddies, earlier in the movie, put a barbell in Eddie's backpack and push him into a pool. This is on top of extreme abuse. He only gets worse as he still threatens Eddie after he saves his unworthy ass and attempts to rape Leslie. Really people should cheer Sammi for incinerating him.
- Sammi is obviously beyond it, being a fan of school shooting actions.
- Nightmare Retardant: At one point, Sammi's advance on Eddie and Leslie is stopped by him getting his foot stuck on a toilet.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Provided by Kevin Yagher, who would go on to provide the effects for such horror icons as Freddy Krueger and the Crypt Keeper.
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