Thursday, October 29, 2009

31 days of Halloween: The Tripper

The Tripper Movie PosterThe Tripper is a 2007 American horror film. The film is directed, produced, written by, and stars David Arquette. Other actors in this film include Courteney Cox Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Jaime King, Lukas Haas, Thomas Jane, Stephen Heath, Jason Mewes, Marsha Thomason, and Paul Reubens.

The film is a silly, absurd story which reminds me of the over the top, "so bad it is good" horror films of the 1980s.

The film deals with a group of twentysomethings who are traveling to a "love and peace concert." Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) plays the unscrupulous manager of the concert, hamming up just about every single line he has in the film. Thomas Jane plays the local sheriff. The teens traveling to the concert include Samantha (King), Jack (Heath), Jack (Haas), Joey (Mewes) and Linda (Thomason).

The villain of the film is a killer who dons a Ronald Reagan mask. Hence the name, "The Tripper" - a play off a line from "Knute Rockne, All American" where Ronald Reagan says the line "Win one for the Gipper." Well, the film devolves into a series of hippies getting axed to death in the woods. Hey, better than that "evil Republican" chopping down the forest, right?

So silly. Very enjoyable. This film was originally part of 2007's After Dark Horrorfest.

** 1/2 out of *****

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