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Trapped Alive (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 23 December 1988 (USA)
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.


Leszek Burzynski


Leszek Burzynski, Julian Weaver (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Jay Leggett ... Prison Guard
Cameron Mitchell ... John Adams
Sullivan Hester Sullivan Hester ... Robin Adams
Laura Kallison Laura Kallison ... Monica Perry
Mark Witsken Mark Witsken ... Randy Carter
Michael Nash Michael Nash ... Mongo
Alex Kubik Alex Kubik ... Louis 'Face' Napoleon
Elizabeth Kent Elizabeth Kent ... Rachel
Randy Powell ... Billy Williams (as Randolph Powell)
Paul Dean ... The Monster - Rachel's Father
Randy Baenen Randy Baenen ... Assistant Monster
Michael Pierce Michael Pierce ... Assistant Monster
Christopher Webster Christopher Webster ... Assistant Monster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Rawson Paul Rawson ... Justin


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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There's EVIL underground ...


Drama | Horror | Thriller


Not Rated






Release Date:

23 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapped See more »

Filming Locations:

Eagle River, Wisconsin, USA

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Filmed in 1988 but not released until 1993. See more »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Snacking down.
29 December 2018 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Three convicts escape from a maximum security prison on Christmas eve, and hijack a vehicle on a snowbound backwoods road holding the two women hostage. In trying to avoid a roadblock, they go off road and crash through a rotting cover over an old mine shaft. The survivors now find themselves trapped in a maze of old tunnels, but soon realise they might not be alone. Meanwhile a local deputy sheriff is on their trail.

I don't know what to say... this is an odd genre film trying to balance a whole range of genre elements. I kind of like it, yet still felt somewhat disappointed. There's something there, but I don't think it fully taps into it and the lack of a budget adds to it. It's schlock material, but it doesn't entirely act like it. Well, not exuberantly so... with the exception of one character sub-plot. Story starts off straightforward with quite a long-winded setup, where the acting, and dialogues are ham-fisted in their serious delivery. For the first hour you got deal with a lot of it. Plenty of predictable character arches, and restless friction between unwanted company in the caves to move the story forward, but when the underground cannibal hermit (a wrinkly old man with scraggy white hair and a beard) makes himself known to the group. It sort picks up the pace, the dark is no longer playing tricks and what develops is downright nonsensical and unhinged, especially the events surrounding the mysterious women that lives nearby and the cartoonish nature of her inclusion. There are a couple eerie, and unpleasant jolts with decent looking make-up FX... just not enough when it came to shove.

One thing though that had me bug-eyed, and probably the most effective horror moments are the scenes where a mechanical claw (like out of a plush toys machine?!), would come down and clamp down on his meals. Quite a pro too, as it only took him one go each time.

For star power Cameron Mitchell sleeps through his tiny part, where he spends a good part of his role literally doing just that, and when not rolling around in bed, there's a Christmas party to host at the beginning, or talking on the telephone in his best attempt to look worried about his missing daughter. Oh, he wasn't even trying. Go back to sleep Cameron.

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