The Tripper (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  13 October 2006 (USA)
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A Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer targets a bunch of hippies who are heading to a weekend-long concert.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dog Lover Hippie (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
China Crawford ...
Paramedic (as China Raven Crawford)
Jade / Summer (as Paz De La Huerta)
Kid #1
Norwood Fisher ...
Band (as John Norwood Fisher)
Rocky George ...
DeAndre Gipson ...
Redmond Gleeson ...
Dylan / Father
Josh Hammond ...


In the 80's, after seeing his father and lumberjack foreman being hit by a protestor against the deforesting and arrested by the police, the boy Gus kills the protestor with a chainsaw. In the present days, Samantha, who is traumatized after being abused by her former boyfriend Jimmy, travels with her pothead friends in a van to the American Free Love Festival, a rock-and-roll concert in the woods. Near the location, they are assaulted by three local hillbillies, but they succeed to arrive in the festival. Meanwhile, Mayor Hal Burton and Deputy Buzz Hall try to give a minimum of organization to the event. However, a deranged psychopath serial-killer wearing a mask of Ronald Reagan uses an ax to kill the pacific stoned hippies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Move Over Jason, Look Out Freddie. HEEERE'S RONNIE! See more »


Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, drug content, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

President Evil  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,840 (USA) (20 April 2007)


$20,840 (USA) (20 April 2007)

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Did You Know?


David Arquette stated during his bus tour that he came up with the idea for the film during a Reggae party held outside, where he envisioned a murderer "coming out of the woods and slashing up all the hippies." The idea eventually led to The Tripper. See more »


The US flag behind the stage is an old 48 star version. See more »


Joey: I fucking love violence!
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Crazy Credits

No hippies or republicans were harmed in this film See more »


Referenced in Robot Chicken: President Evil (2008) See more »


Kum Ba Ya
Performed by David Arquette, Amanda Brammall, Jimmy Haun, Jed Smith, and Dave Wittman
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Jelly Beans, Purple Sticky Punch, Chainsaws and Ronald Reagan. Excerpt from The Horror Review
8 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How does one label David Arquette's directorial debut? Possibly awe inspiring? No, too vague. I've got it…This film is a brilliantly executed politically charged homicidal satire of our generation.

David has created a new breed of a horror film. I'd liken The Tripper to early works by cult fave, George Romero. This film knocked my socks off. Crisp dialogue, great characters and enough scares to send shivers down your spine. Seriously.

The story, from my perspective, is a throwback to classic 70's and 80's horror romps fused with the trickle down ideals that Reagan gave to us.

The Tripper opens with an obscure kid watching his father arguing with "save the redwoods" activists and results in a very bloody end that gives little Michael Myers a run for his money in the opening scene of Halloween. From here the narrative blooms like cannabis and follows a group of twenty-somethings as they travel to a love and peace concert, hosted by an aged Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) in the very woods that the opening tragedy occurred. The group is led by the breathtaking Jamie King, Stephen Heath, Lukas Haas, Jason Mewes sans his Silent Bob but still with his rapid-fire one-liners and the always beautiful Marsha Thomason (Las Vegas). Thomas Jane (The Punisher) plays the local sheriff and David Arquette, well, his character's name is Muff and I don't think I need to say anymore.

Before one can scream Jason Voorhees, a killer donning a Reagan mask descends upon the locals with a sharp political tool; an axe. Balthazar Getty has one of the best lines in the film as he screams "But I'm a Republican!" And the stunning Mrs. Cox-Arquette appears in one of the funniest moments of the film that left me howling.

Arquette has written a dark satire that, thanks to Trickle Down economics, transcended the political climate for the past 20 years. Even the killer's motive is revealed in a bold way by referencing Reagan's poor decision to open up mental institutions and let the patients roam the streets. One chased me to my car last night after seeing this film.

This is a unique film experience like Natural Born Killers was back in 1994. The characters are rich and their personalities are extremely layered. As far as the dialogue, my goodness, Arquette seems to have left no political ideal untouched.

I have no idea how they're going to market and promote this film but it's one to watch when released nationally in 2007. A note to Hollywood…let David stretch his creative legs in the future and when he asks for a bigger budget, do not hesitate. He has proved himself as one hell of a filmmaker to watch.

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