Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Tripper (2007)

A music festival being held in the woods is about to be rocked by a hippie-hating, axe-toting killer in a Ronald Regan costume that plans on making this a bad trip. The entire film really should be worse than it is. No one is arguing that it is a genre classic, that the acting is anything above average, or that it is superbly filmed, but you know what? It is actually a lot of fun. For an average teen Slasher, it makes all the right moves. Tons of gore with gallons of blood, lots of nudity, cheap music cues to accentuate the scares, and a masked killer with an axe to grind. The drug-induced hallucinations clearly derive from director David Arquette's personal experiences, which do add some trippy visuals that are not so over-the-top as to become unbelievable. Never taking itself fully seriously, the Reagan killer comes fully equipped with plenty of cheesy one-liners while he goes around trashing hippies in absurd ways. Any political agenda Arquette may have had while pitting free love and the drug culture against a killer dressed as an extreme conservative is lost due to the silliness of the plot, but one can't help but laugh at the irony in pairing Ronald Reagan with the Slasher film. What it does lack in logic and originality, it more than makes up for in gratuitous fun for any Slasher fan ready for a brain-off, movie-on experience.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.
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8 comments:

  1. This was a weird flick. I think I need a second viewing to know what it really was all about.

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  2. Although I agree with almost everything you said, I thought it wasn't funny enough. Sure, the whole thing is a joke, but some poorly executed attempts at humor set it back a bit. Oh well, I still enjoyed it I guess. I just wouldn't go back for a second viewing.

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  3. I've been meaning to see this one for a while now. It'll probably bounce a few steps up the "to see" list now that I've read your review.

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  4. The humor was most definitely lame, but thankfully it was kept to a minimal.. Unless it was lamer than I thought and I missed many of the failed jokes lol..

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  5. Agreed, Carl. Not a great film - but hey, its not THAT bad either! And you said you met Arquette when he was promoting this? :o)

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  6. Though I doubt he would even remember the panel lol.. To paraphrase Rick James, "Maijuana's a hellova drug"

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  7. Not too bad. THis endeded up on a lot of best of lists which is why I watched it.

    Decent slasher flick with a one joke premise.

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