The Tripper (2007)
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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.
as Buzz Hall
as Frank Baker
as Dep. Cooper
as Young Gus
as Mayor Hal Burton
as Trooper Neatnick
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Critic Reviews for The Tripper
too many moments just didn't make sense or work in the slightest for somebody sober
It's different, but is it any good? As another former President might say, "Depends on how you define 'good'."
A serial killer wearing a Ronald Reagan mask is killing off hippies at what must be the most under-attended music festival ever . . .
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.
Horror fans with a sense of humor will really enjoy this slice of gory goodness.
Much like David Arquette's acting career, the film is often unbearable and rarely shows competence, but still remains an antagonistic curiosity that can't be easily denied.
Ineptly written by Arquette and Joe Harris, The Tripper is a carnival of cretins doing and saying one ass-headed thing after another.
It's sort of fun -- at least if you're someone who has a taste for gory slasher flicks.
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.
A mostly dull-blade exercise that offers little to think or scream about.
Exhibit A for Courteney Cox if she does end up divorcing David Arquette...
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.
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.More
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.More
What an odd, odd film. Political commentary meets slasher film. A guy dressed as Ronald Reagan runs around killing hippies with an axe. Lots of good gore and such, but just a really weird vibe.More
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