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Trigger Man (2007)

Reggie Cunningham , Larry Fessenden , Ti West  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Reggie Cunningham, Larry Fessenden
  • Directors: Ti West
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001152TK2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trigger Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by Director Ti West and Sound Designer Graham Reznick
  • Audio Commentary by Actors Reggie Cunningham, Ray Sullivan and Sean Reid
  • Videotaped Q&A from the Los Angeles Film Festival (15 min.)

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Ti West s Trigger Man leads the charge in a new wave of stripped-down, scary movies fueled by seat-of-the-pants filmmaking ingenuity. Reggie, Sean, and Ray leave Manhattan for a day trip of deer hunting in Delaware, expecting to drink a few beers in the woods free of the city-life responsibilities that are slowly forcing the childhood friends apart. But with one well-aimed shot, a walk in the sun is transformed into a frantic and desperate fight for survival, as Trigger Man morphs from a character-driven rural amble into a smartly compact and radical survival thriller (Variety). Writer, director, and editor Ti West (The Roost, Cabin Fever II) expertly exploits audience expectations, using minimalist handheld photography to relentlessly build tension to a genuinely terrifying payoff (New York Sun). Presented in association with home-grown, low-budget shock maestro Larry Fessenden s Scareflix, from its smartly written (New York Times) script, to its down-to-the-bone verité look, Trigger Man is an uncommonly naturalistic terror tale (Village Voice) loaded with no nonsense craft and dramatic efficiency (Time Out New York). SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Audio Commentary by Director Ti West and Sound Designer Graham Reznick - Audio Commentary by Actors Reggie Cunningham, Ray Sullivan and Sean Reid - Videotaped Q&A from the Los Angeles Film Festival (15 min.) - Theatrical trailer - Presented in 5.1 Stereo Surround

Review

JOLTING. Minimum fuss and maximum tension... Steel trap finale --The New York Times

STUNNING. An uncommonly naturalistic terror tale... --LA Weekly

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid, grisly minimalist cinema!!! April 7, 2008
By mizziah
Format:DVD
I was really looking forward to seeing this film, especially since I was a big fan of Ti West's last film, THE ROOST. That film had a very withdrawn, simplistic approach to genre material and Ti takes that approach even further with this film. I can see why people wouldn't like this film. The first half hour is very slow, but it builds to a tremendous payoff! When the violence strikes, it's quite shocking. The location work was breathtaking, especially towards the end of the film when our hero wonders through an adandoned factory. The film does require patience, which will probably be met with a lot of disdain for today's A.D.D. cinema-aficionados, but if you're looking for a different kind of movie-watching experience, I whole-heartedly recommend this flick! I can't wait to see what Ti West comes up with next!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trigger Man misses it's mark June 14, 2008
Format:DVD
I really hate the fact that I had to give this a 3 star rating... director Ti West's first film, The Roost, was such an enjoyable ode to the minimalist horror films of the 70's that it felt like it was made distinctly for people like myself (you know, the guy who constantly rewatches movies like TCM, Halloween, Phantasm, Black Christmas, Dawn Of The Dead, etc., and rarely delivers praise to anything made past the new millenium... yeah, that guy). Instead of rabid bats that turn people into the living dead (!), this time around we get a story about three friends reconnecting for a hunting trip only to become prey themselves to a mysterious sniper. Now for the good and bad points...

THE GOOD:
- Feels almost like a documentary with the way it was filmed, putting you right there with the rest of the group.
- Characters look like they could be normal people you'd see on the street (as opposed to the gorgeous types often found in most movies), and are facing off against an all too real threat.
- Builds a nice sense of foreboding and uses the scenery to create some excellent atmosphere.
- Great effects when the bullets start flying (particularly the brain matter!).
- The music is fantastic! Thumping bass lines that echo back and forth while violens screech and stab at each other, superb stuff!
- For those that hope of making a movie with a dollar and a dream, here's proof that it's possible.

THE BAD:
- Feels like a documentary... filmed entirely with a handheld camera, often with shaky and out of focus results (a friend watching this with me said it made her sick).
- There are only 3 characters that share the majority of screen time (and only 6 all together) and about 30 lines of dialogue is spoken throughout the film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad... but not great either. November 2, 2009
Format:DVD
Having really liked Ti West's newest film, The House of The Devil, I was anxious to see this film. I must say that I was disappointed. It's not bad like so many thrillers made these days are, but it's not that great either. The main sticking point for me was the camera work. The whole zoom in/zoom out style was distracting. I also got tired of seemingly endless shots of the backs of people's heads. I saw so much of the cast's scalps that I felt I should be checking them for lice. True, Ti West was able to generate a decent amount of suspense but, I found my attention constantly diverted to the camera as it focused and then went out of focus before zooming in and then zooming out yet again. The actors deliver decent performances despite the lack of much dialogue for them to deliver (something which actually works in the film's favor), and the film does bring to mind such classic "stalked in the woods" films as Rituals and Deliverance (Deluxe Edition). Despite these good points, it's not enough to save this film from being filed under the heading "misfire."
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