A Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer targets a bunch of hippies who are heading to a weekend-long concert.


David Arquette
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Muff
Richmond Arquette ... Cooper
Courteney Cox ... Dog Lover Hippie (as Courteney Cox Arquette)
China Crawford China Crawford ... Paramedic (as China Raven Crawford)
Paz de la Huerta ... Jade / Summer (as Paz De La Huerta)
Alan Draven ... Kid #1
Norwood Fisher ... Band (as John Norwood Fisher)
Ben Gardiner ... Wilson
Rocky George ... Band
Balthazar Getty ... Jimmy
DeAndre Gipson DeAndre Gipson ... Band
Redmond Gleeson ... Dylan / Father
Richard Gross ... Cop
Lukas Haas ... Ivan
Josh Hammond Josh Hammond ... Tyler


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 »


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


One of the production managers discovered a very real human finger on the ground during filming. The crew eerily theorized that it was connected to the multiple real-life serial killers that allegedly operated in those very woods. See more »


When Frank flees the concert with the money, his lock-box clearly contains no more than $50 in ones. How ever, one could argue that he had been interrupted by Reagan before he could fill it. See more »


Joey: I fucking love violence!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The R-rated version is cut in the US. See more »


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Cheer It On
Written by Tokyo Police Club
Performed by Tokyo Police Club
(BMI) ©2004
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David Arquette should stick with acting...
23 May 2008 | by MrGKBSee all my reviews

...because based on the evidence of "The Tripper" he's an average-at-best director and a distinctly second- or even third-string screenwriter, though no doubt hamstrung by the scripting contributions of Joe "Darkness Falls" Harris. I'm sorry, I admire good intentions as well as the next guy, but only when they rise above mundane infernal construction projects, if you catch my drift. "The Tripper" is essentially a vanity project, and suffers accordingly.

The production values are alright for a relatively low-budget affair, especially the at-times lovely DP work from Bobby "Arlington Road" Bukowski, and the acting varies from earnestly professional (particularly leads Lukas "Mars Attacks" Haas and Jaime "Sin City" King) to egregiously self-conscious (most notably the ever-moronic-but-somehow-likable Jason "I owe Kevin Smith everything" Mewes and Paul "I AM Pee-Wee!" Reubens), with various shades in-between, including a slumming Thomas "The Mist" Jane as a local sheriff doing his best to keep a straight face. No one, though, collectively or individually, is able to redeem the sophomoric script.

I won't bore my gentle reader with yet another synopsis; you can find that in profusion elsewhere. "The Tripper" is, at best, a slasher film pseudo-parody that plays things too seriously to be genuinely funny, and too tongue-in-cheek to be remotely scary. Arquette should have gone for one or the other, not both. It's a watch-once film that I'm quite relieved I found at the library instead of wasting money buying or renting it.

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13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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$20,840, 22 April 2007

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