The Tripper (2007)




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Movie Info

Actor-turned-director David Arquette co-scripted and directed this political horror feature concerning a group of friends who are stalked by a psychotic killer with a Ronald Reagan fixation during an outdoor music festival. Lukas Haas, Thomas Jane, Jason Mewes, Paul Reubens, Balthazar Getty, and Jaime King star in a film that was co-written by Darkness Falls screenwriter Joe Harris.

Rating: R (for strong horror violence and gore, drug content, language and some sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: David Arquette, Joe Harris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2007
After Dark Films/Freestyle Releasing - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Tripper

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

The rambling story attempts to turn the genre on its head, but it ends up giving in to every slasher cliché (Arquette himself plays a backwoods redneck). The acting ranges from abysmal to barely adequate.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A mostly dull-blade exercise that offers little to think or scream about.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Top Critic

too many moments just didn't make sense or work in the slightest for somebody sober

Full Review… | August 17, 2008
7M Pictures

It's different, but is it any good? As another former President might say, "Depends on how you define 'good'."

Full Review… | May 2, 2008

A serial killer wearing a Ronald Reagan mask is killing off hippies at what must be the most under-attended music festival ever . . .

Full Review… | October 29, 2007
Sci-Fi Movie Page

The first thirty minutes are quite good and the ending works very well, but there's an entire middle section which is badly paced and packed with filler.

Full Review… | August 21, 2007
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Tripper

Don't expect a great film, or even a good one; rip-offs galore and plenty of nonsense cut-away/scenes.

But Ronald Reagen is a huge saving grace for this beermat script. If it weren't for the weird insert of this serial killer I think I would've been pretty saddened at having lost time on it. But as it is those Reagen moments are pretty funny and strange enough to sit and wait for more.

If like me you have to watch this on the TV because nothing else is on and so you're stuck with it then why not, don't bother making any effort to see it though and don't blame me if you do, you were warned.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

A strange, stoner slasher produced and directed by David Arquette (Scream). It's quite a decent modern slasher, quite odd but the back story as to why this guy goes off the rails killing hippies is explained. Less so the high regard Ronald Regan is given. It's funny in places, has a fair bit of gore, I found the tripping hallucinations a tad annoying. There is even a brief cameo from Courtney Cox-Arquette. Overall pretty good compared to many recent slasher offerings.

Dean King

Super Reviewer


If you like seeing hippies getting axed to death by Ronald Regan, this is the movie for you. Other highlights include Courtney Cox getting killed by evil dogs, and Paul Reubens covered in outhouse crap before he gets chopped down the middle with a chainsaw.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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