Trapped Alive (1988)

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A sheriff's deputy, some escaped prisoners and two young girls find themselves trapped in a mine shaft where a cannibalistic mutant is hunting them for food.



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A sheriff's deputy, some escaped prisoners and two young girls find themselves trapped in a mine shaft where a cannibalistic mutant is hunting them for food.

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Unfreakinglybelievably bad!
13 October 2004 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

TRAPPED ALIVE is one bad movie. It's hilariously bad, but only in spots. Most of the movie just drags but if you fast forward through the dull spots and watch the really unintentionally funny moments, then this film delivers in the "it's so bad it's good" way.

The plot (what plot?) is this: two bimbos drive on a deserted road on some winter's night. At the same time, three prisoners escape from prison nearby. The prisoners actually end up hijacking the bimbos' vehicle and as they drive along, the vehicle gets stuck in a snow bank at the the end of the road. Everyone gets out of the vehicle but then they fall through some hole, into some abandoned mine shaft. Now this whole moment has to be seen to be believed. Really badly conceived.

In the meantime, a deputy is roaming around the road, looking for the escaped prisoners. He arrives at a house near the mine shaft. The woman in the house seduces the deputy and they have sex (arf!!!!). Remarkably, the woman is nuts and she's the guardian of sorts of the mine, and its secret psychotic inhabitant: an old crazed cannibal (who looks like a cross between Yeti and an old man). The cannibal starts killing the bimbos and prisoners one by one in the most unconvincing ways. Eventually, the deputy finds the vehicle and goes down the mine and finds the remaining survivors, only to be attacked by the cannibal.

The big shock ending, which is really not big or shocking, is that the old man in the mine is the crazy woman's father and at the end she tries to kill the remaining survivors after her father was killed by one of them.

The whole thing is so clunky and funny, Ed Wood would have loved it. But like I said, there are several dead spots throughout the movie (including the scenes with Cameron Mitchell. Did he ever refuse a script in his entire career?). But the funny bits are so amateurish and stupid that they're actually worth watching if you're into bad movies.

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