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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

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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
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Band (as John Norwood Fisher)
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Wilson
Rocky George ...
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Jimmy
DeAndre Gipson ...
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Redmond Gleeson ...
Dylan / Father
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Ivan
Josh Hammond ...
Tyler
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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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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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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$20,840 (USA) (20 April 2007)
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David Arquette went on a nationwide tour of U.S. cities, with the help of myspace.com, to promote the film. See more »

Goofs

When the old man gets his head chopped off in the tunnel he clearly screams long after his head has been detached. See more »

Quotes

Joey: Hey you toothless redneck pig fuckers! You want some trouble? Huh? Because my buddy here was just wondering.
[points to Ivan and cowers in the back]
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No hippies or republicans were harmed in this film See more »

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References Rocky III (1982) See more »

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Cheer It On
Written by Tokyo Police Club
Performed by Tokyo Police Club
(BMI) ©2004
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A very Republican slasher
18 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Scream veteran David Arquette steps into the directorial chair to make a horror movie, you might be forgiven for expecting more of the same. But you would be wrong.

The opening sequence has news footage of nameless war dead, inhumanely thrown together like so much butcher meat. A voice-over says how there is nothing glamorous about war. The image is uncomfortably mirrored later in scenes of carnage and mass-murder. No shortage of gore, but it is the political overtones that make the movie stand out and also invite forgiveness for the appreciably low budget.

The story follows a bunch of hippies having a love festival in the woods, much to the annoyance of local hicks. They are stalked by a psychopath in a realistic Ronald Reagan mask who starts chopping them up. Of those that are left, most are too stoned on ecstasy and LSD ('trippers' - geddit?) to want to believe anything very terrible is happening or that they could do anything about it anyway. The suggestion is obvious: you are living in happy oblivion while your political leaders wreak havoc in the world. Vietnam is neatly linked to Iraq, and 'Reagan' has a pig named George W that seems to be fed on severed limbs. This is no gentle analogy - it is served up with a sledgehammer (or rather an axe in most cases). Ill-gotten gains fly in the air as a body is cut in half with a chainsaw. "No daughter of mine is going to be hooked on drugs," says the killer tenderly, advancing with murderous intent. Better off dead, obviously.

The humour is sparse enough to lend only light relief. With the lifelike Reagan towering over him, axe in hand, one victim pleads, "But I'm a Republican!" The killer dog Nancy is particularly nasty.

And there's another layer . . . When Ronald Reagan was governor of California, he famously released a record number of mental health patients back into the community to save costs. (In case you didn't know this before seeing the film, you will before the end.) Arquette says he was inspired to make the film by growing up in Los Angeles during the Reagan years. Overtly political, B-movie blood-and-gore effects that are nevertheless stomach-churning, lots of nudity and some nice cinematography that mimics the drug experience, The Tripper even has pictures of all the politicians it hates in the credits.

The Tripper may be for horror fans only, but it is an unpretentiously daring attempt to launch a broadside at a morally righteous right-wing establishment that is ankle deep in dead bodies of political making.


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