The Tripper (2007)

Actors: Jaime King, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Lukas Haas
Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Run Time:
97 minutes



In this satiric (we think) horror movie, a serial killer wearing a Ronald Reagan mask is killing off hippies at what must be the most under-attended music festival ever.

From the start the group of hippies encounter hostility from the redneck locals, but the problem is that this is 2005 and not 1967. Is America still this intolerant to folks with long hair and creative facial hair? Wouldn’t The Tripper have worked better if it was, let’s say, set in 1969 and had a guy in a Nixon mask killing off the hippies one by one?

We don’t know, but the satire in The Tripper seems scattershot as the movie seems to hate Republicans and the counterculture equally all the hippie victims are portrayed as unpleasant and stupid. The only vaguely sympathetic figures are a law enforcement figure, namely the local sheriff (played by The Punisher’s Thomas Jane), and a hippie girl who just says “no to drugs.” Make of that what you will.

Not particularly scary or funny, The Tripper at least moves along at a decent clip and throws in some ‘Sixties-style psychedelia and nudity (both male and female) along with the traditional slasher movie gore. The end credits boast some nice political poster art work and some songs are provided by the band Fishbone.

There is also some belated Reagan bashing in the movie. Shortly following “the Gipper’s” recent death America suffered a collective amnesia when it came to Reagan’s time in office, but The Tripper reminds one again of this former Californian governor’s record when it comes to the environment ("A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?"), health care budget cutbacks and of course the counterculture (“A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane, and smells like Cheetah.”).



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