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The Tripper
The Tripper
Actors: Jaime King, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Lukas Haas
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2007     1hr 33min

Directed by, co-written by and starring David Arquette, this classic horror movie revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a homicid...  more »


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Actors: Jaime King, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Lukas Haas
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Coquette Productions
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/23/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 8/28/2018...
Pitiful David Arquette film! The beginning was interesting and then it went downhill from there. If you must watch this, then 120x speed it after the beginning. That's what I ended up doing! I am very sorry that I own this one!
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 4/2/2010...
Fun slasher film that maintains a sense of humor throughout. A psycho wearing a Ronald Regan mask slaughters modern day hippies at an outdoor music fest in the woods. Thomas Jane and Paul Reubens both deliver memorable performances.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Daryl H. (captdisgusting) from RIVERSIDE, CA
Reviewed on 11/20/2009...
A political horror movie that is predicitable. David Arquette should really stick to acting. The only thing worth while in this movie was the gore effects.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The Tripper Movie Review
thejoelmeister | | 10/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"From the opening quote by Ronald Reagan to the intensely sadistic violence in the first few minutes of the film, you know The Tripper will be loaded with sex, drugs, and rock `n roll - as well as extreme political jabs and hippie killing. So what's not to love? Well, as Reagan himself once said, "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jellybeans." No, I don't get it either.

A group of hippie fodder trek to a small town in the middle of a forest to participate in the Free Love Festival and indulge in massive quantities of narcotics. However, they soon discover they're not exactly welcome when they are assailed by paintball gun toting rednecks, the local police, and an axe-wielding serial killer who fancies Ronald Reagan.

The Tripper's strongest point of originality (not that there have been other hippie serial killer movies) lies within its psychopathic murderer who dons a suit, a tie, and a President Reagan mask as he metes out his vicious carnage. With an origin as brutally twisted as Freddy or Jason, Ronnie seems destined to make his mark as a deranged killer worth rooting for. And we do, but not because he's so compelling a villain, but rather because his prey is so uninterestingly bland - which is a shame when the protagonists contain six young stars and one of them is Jason Mewes, who should have been right at home with the offbeat comedy and drug humor. Jaime King adequately embodies the screaming primary victim, and while her character gets more interesting as the film progresses, there's still relatively little motivation to continue supporting her survival. The majority of entertaining characters are the supporting ones - those who give quick one-liners and quirky mannerisms and get out before their presence begins to bore. Of the main cast, Tom Jane provides the only praiseworthy performance as he takes the role just seriously enough without outstaying his welcome skepticism.

Deceptive trailer aside, at its core The Tripper is a horror movie. And while it does a decent job of bringing blood and scares to the table, the main course seems tainted with a bit too much social and political parody and an abundance of psychedelic contamination and cocky humor. The film doesn't take itself seriously and makes no attempt at persuading the audience to do otherwise. This wouldn't be a problem if The Tripper focused on comedy, but at every turn we're faced with another seriously demented killing and only mild spurts of dark humor. The less you know about the Reagan administration the less likely you'll appreciate the political commentary and jokes that pepper the script. At times the horror elements work surprisingly well, and with a uniquely terrifying antagonist, The Tripper starts to look wholly original. However it's not long before that illusion wears off and the film falls into a damaging amount of clichés for a film not parodying thrillers.

In this medley of blood, hippies, and Ronald Reagan, psychedelic creativity reigns supreme, but those not accustomed to Arquette's bizarre humor and unconventional antics (or who don't despise the fortieth president quite as much) may find this trip easier to swallow with real drugs.

- Joel Massie
Hysterical homage
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 12/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What happens when a backwoods living, Ronald Reagan obsessed madman who hates hippies goes on a killing spree? You get The Tripper, a deliriously funny, and gory, slasher revolving around a group of modern day hippies (among them are Jaime King, Lukas Haas, and Jason Mewes) going to a big music festival in the woods, and get hacked to pieces by said maniac who wears a Reagan mask and has a dog named Nancy. What makes The Tripper so entertaining is that it doesn't take itself too seriously, and the gore effects and shocks are actually pretty imaginitive. Where The Tripper falls flat are the occasions of modern-day political commentary that pop up throughout the film, and when this happens in the film it feels kind of out of place. That aside, there's plenty to enjoy with The Tripper, particularly The Punisher's Thomas Jane as the straight laced sheriff (sporting a 70's 'stache) and a foul mouthed Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens as the music festival's promoter. All in all, The Tripper is a surprising blast from David Arquette, and is more than worth checking out for slasher/horror afficiondos."
Matthew Kunka | Canton, MI USA | 12/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am exactly 8 minutes and 50 seconds into this movie and I love it. I don't care if the rest of the movie sucks, the first part of the movie sold me on it. Any movie that starts with a kid shoving a chainsaw through some hippie's neck is OK by me!"