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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

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

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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Sex, Drugs, and Rock'N'Ronnie! See more »

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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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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

President Evil  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

It rained so much during filming of The Tripper that director David Arquette, at the wrap party, gave each cast and crew member a personalized poncho. In fact, one of the few days it DIDN'T rain was when they shot the rain scenes. They had to make rain for these scenes. See more »

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

Quotes

Ivan: I'm Rambo. I am Rambo.
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No hippies or republicans were harmed in this film See more »

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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Party at Ground Zero
Written by Kendall Jones, Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher (as J.N. Fisher)
Performed by Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher, John Steward, Rocky George, DeAndre Gipson (as Dre Gipson), John McKnight, Curtis L. Storey Jr. (as Curtis Storey Jr.) and Torrell Ruffin (as Tori Ruffin)
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unsuccessful mixture of murder and politics
12 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "The Tripper," a slasher movie with a political conscience, a serial killer wearing a Ronald Reagan mask stalks a group of anachronistic hippies (so anachronistic they have cell phones along with their tie dye t-shirts and psychedelic van) who have come to the forests of Northern California to celebrate free love and partake in unlimited drug use at a Woodstock-type outdoor event.

The Red State/Blue State divide is never far from the filmmakers' minds as a bunch of gun-toting rednecks go up against a group of Flower Power love children who suddenly descend on the area. The saving grace, if indeed there is one, of this gory, but not particularly disturbing, splatter-fest is the tongue-in-cheek humor it manages to display from time to time. Otherwise, this odd little mixture of horror movie clichés and outdated political satire (does anybody really care about the Reagan administration any more?) falls strangely flat.


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