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The Tripper (Unrated)
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A group of hippie fodder trek to a small town in the middle of a forest to participate in the Free Love Festival and indulge in massive quantities of narcotics. However, they soon discover they're not exactly welcome when they are assailed by paintball gun toting rednecks, the local police, and an axe-wielding serial killer who fancies Ronald Reagan.
The Tripper's strongest point of originality (not that there have been other hippie serial killer movies) lies within its psychopathic murderer who dons a suit, a tie, and a President Reagan mask as he metes out his vicious carnage. With an origin as brutally twisted as Freddy or Jason, Ronnie seems destined to make his mark as a deranged killer worth rooting for. And we do, but not because he's so compelling a villain, but rather because his prey is so uninterestingly bland - which is a shame when the protagonists contain six young stars and one of them is Jason Mewes, who should have been right at home with the offbeat comedy and drug humor. Jaime King adequately embodies the screaming primary victim, and while her character gets more interesting as the film progresses, there's still relatively little motivation to continue supporting her survival. The majority of entertaining characters are the supporting ones - those who give quick one-liners and quirky mannerisms and get out before their presence begins to bore.Read more ›
On the way to the concert our lovable, soon to be messily killed, hippies have to deal with paintball shooting/bottle throwing rednecks, old hippies left over from the sixties, several irritating flashbacks, and the occasional nudist (and if you watch the extras, you will discover that the scariest thing in this movie is the "left over from the sixties hippie nudist . . .).
Although never in any danger of being confused with John Ford or Michael Curtiz, Arquette does a good job with the material and genre in which he's chosen to work. Don't misunderstand, it is both a b-movie and a parody - so it won't be everyone's cup of tea; but if your tastes run to parodies, b-movies and slasher films . . . or if you've ever thought it would be fun to watch animal rights activists getting mauled or tree huggers finding themselves on the wrong side of a chainsaw, this is the movie for you.
The idea behind this film, that of a conservative "President" killing drug-taking hippies, is a good (albeit warped) one, and thus it should have been a good film, but unfortunately, "The Tripper" falls down in its execution (no pun intended). It takes far too long for the killings to really get started - the first half of the movie primarily comprises an extended introduction to the characters who we know are later going to meet horrible deaths, and watching them getting stoned - and once the killing starts, the premise behind the film completely evaporates. According to the DVD cover, the Ronald Reagan killer is meant to be targeting hippies, but in reality, he pretty much just kills everyone who crosses his path (red-necks and Republican voters included), thus rendering the whole film completely pointless. In the film's favour, I will admit that some of the death scenes are pretty cool (if you find ultra-gory horror violence amusing) and that might be enough for some viewers, but I personally prefer gore films that have something resembling a coherent plot.
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I remember seeing this movie a few years back on Starz or somewhere on-demand & found myself sucked in right from the beginning scene to the intro credits. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Lynch
one of the better b horror movie films out there a good popcorn flick to watch on a friday night or halloweenPublished 4 months ago by john
Item was in perfect condition and shipping time was impeccable. The movie itself is excellent, a perfect combination of horror/slasher/humor with a "wtf!" ending... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Tiffany Yager
I love watching this movie again and again. Its an awesome parody of trippy slasher movies with plenty of gore. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Dennis C. Maher
From the twisted mind of David Arquette, come the Tripper, a Horror film, that he promised would change the way we see Horror. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Todd Smith
I wanted to see THE TRIPPER because I'm a big fan of Jaime King (THEY WAIT, MOTHER'S DAY), and was not disappointed by her performance. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
Intended as kind of a mild salute to the exploitation horror of the 70's, The Tripper (2006), David Arquette's directorial debut, is a slasher flavored with elements of comedy that... Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by trebe
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