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The Tripper (Unrated)

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Directed by, co-written by and starring David Arquette, this classic horror movie revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a homicidal maniac determined to finish what he started years earlier.

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A crazed homage to 1960s and '70s drug and slasher exploitation flicks, The Tripper has "future cult movie" written all over it. A van full of neo-hippies (including Lukas Haas, Brick, Jason Mewes, Clerks, and Jaime King, Sin City) head into the California woods to attend a retro-60s rock concert (featuring the not-very-60s sounds of Fishbone)--only to find themselves harassed by backwoods rednecks and hunted by a Ronald-Reagan-infatuated serial killer. Along for the ride are a blunt but fair sheriff (Thomas Jane, The Punisher, sporting a seriously 70s 'stache), a jealous young Republican (Balthazar Getty, Lost Highway, and a venal music promoter (Paul Reubens, better known as Pee Wee Herman). The Tripper vacillates wildly between trippy visual effects and spewing gore, reflecting writer/director David Arquette's clear appreciation of such lurid b-movies as The Trip, Psych-Out, Deranged, and Three on a Meathook. Thrown into the mix is political lampoonery far too broad and scattershot to be called 'satire,' but it's clear that Arquette (better known as an actor, Eight Legged Freaks) has no particular agenda--he's just making fun of everything he can think of, and the results are preposterous, gruesome, and sure to hit the sweet spot for a certain brand of cineaste. You know who you are; check this out. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Jaime King, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Lukas Haas, Balthazar Getty
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJBN76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tripper (Unrated)" on IMDb

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From the opening quote by Ronald Reagan to the intensely sadistic violence in the first few minutes of the film, you know The Tripper will be loaded with sex, drugs, and rock `n roll - as well as extreme political jabs and hippie killing. So what's not to love? Well, as Reagan himself once said, "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jellybeans." No, I don't get it either.

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.
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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. This review contains "spoilers" i guess that's what you would call it,but trust me my review will not dull the hype of the movie nor will it ruin it. The film is a slasher flick riddled with dark humor almost in vain of Dead Alive(well Dead Snow 1&2 are more similar in that respect) but there is alot of that humor & throwback lines from the killer and the philosophy behind the killings,it is like going back to the Regan days. Partially becaus the killer grew up during the Regan Anti-Drug war days & wears a Regan mask while slashing his way through a Southern California psychedelic jamfest.
The movie is produced & written by David Arquette as well as him playing a part in the film,also in the film is Jason Mewes(Jay & Silent Bob) and Tomas Jane(Punisher) and Peewee Herman amongst others.
But the film starts out with a child watching Regan on tv while his dad tends to his sick wife who is dying of cancer. So the kid goes with his dad to the logging site where some hippies are protesting the chopping down of trees & proceed to offend the husband who's son is with him & wife is dying of cancer at home.
So the kid grabs a chainsaw and goes nuts,then he is shoved in an insane asylum. Fast forward to modern day America where a group of drug fueled youngins go in the woods of California for a party & concert. Little do they know that a maniac who hates drugs,sex and violence(in vain of the Reganomics) ready to slice,dice and smash them all to pieces. There are traps set in these woods so alot of deaths are considered accidents,until they find disemboweled & beheaded bodies.
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had watching this movie. In his directorial debut, David Arquette chose to do a homage/parody of the famous "themed" slasher films of the seventies and eighties. Instead of a hockey mask and campers or a "holiday" theme, our killer wears a Ronald Reagan mask and kills hippies. Our protagonists, sort of, are a group of pill-popping hippies on their way to a kind of "Burning Man" or "Woodstock" in the woods type concert.

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.
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What happens when a backwoods living, Ronald Reagan obsessed madman who hates hippies goes on a killing spree? You get The Tripper, a deliriously funny, and gory, slasher revolving around a group of modern day hippies (among them are Jaime King, Lukas Haas, and Jason Mewes) going to a big music festival in the woods, and get hacked to pieces by said maniac who wears a Reagan mask and has a dog named Nancy. What makes The Tripper so entertaining is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, and the gore effects and shocks are actually pretty imaginitive. Where The Tripper falls flat are the occasions of modern-day political commentary that pop up throughout the film, and when this happens in the film it feels kind of out of place. That aside, there's plenty to enjoy with The Tripper, particularly The Punisher's Thomas Jane as the straight laced sheriff (sporting a 70's 'stache) and a foul mouthed Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens as the music festival's promoter. All in all, The Tripper is a surprising blast from David Arquette, and is more than worth checking out for slasher/horror afficiondos.
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