Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
A killer in a Ronald Reagan mask hacks up a group of modern day hippies at a music festival.
Is it good movie?
The vision of a psycho killer dressed as Ronald Reagan was disturbing, yet extremely satisfying. It’s clear that Actor turned Director David Arquette wanted to build a slasher movie around a killer with a political agenda, but instead of taking the time to figure out what that agenda was he spent more time picking the politician whose face the killer would use as his own.
The flick begins with Gus, a young boy watching Reagan on television while his father takes care of his mother, who is mentally ill. Then while accompanying his father, a lumberjack, to work Gus watches a group of tree huggers fight with him until the police haul him off. This evidently upsets Gus because he picks up a chainsaw and kills one of the tree huggers with it.
The film then jumps into the present day where a group of hippies (modern day hippies) are on their way to a music festival in same woods where Gus killed the Tree hugger. The characters were super typical for this kind of movie and most of them were thinly written. Jamie King played Samantha, our hero and also the only sober member of this motley crew of stoners, which includes Jason Mewes (I wish someone would cast him as someone other than a stoner). Samantha is getting over her ex-boyfriend (Balthazar Getty) who just happens to be a yuppie republican, and while she is hot and a fine actress I really didn’t give a rats ass if Bad-Ronnie put an axe in her head. As a matter of fact, most of the characters in the flick were completely throwaway except for Tomas Jane, who played Officer Buzz. His character was well written and a blast to watch (awesome stash).
Besides the plethora of thin characters, once the killing starts “The Tripper” is a bucket of fun. The effects are great, the kills aren’t all that original, but watching Ronnie slice and dice everyone he comes into contact with (republicans included) was well the price of admission. You can’t go wrong with a right wing psycho killer.
David Arquette did a good job as Director and picked a fine cast as well. The script could have been a little stronger, but remember this is a slasher film. In the end “The Tripper” gave me what I needed; blood, boobs, Paul Reuben, and Big Bad Ronnie!
Video / Audio
Video: The 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen looks great with the vibrant colors on display in this psychedelic flick.
Audio: The Dolby Surround Sound kicks major ass!
The prerequisite Audio Commentary is present here and although I’m not a huge fan of the commentary track it wasn’t hard to sit through.
Behind The Spleens is a short BTS feature with cast and crewmembers’ raving about what a nonstop party it is working with Mr. Arquette. I enjoyed this feature because it was just the right length and didn’t make me want to fast forward through it.
The Making Of Ronald Reagan shows the Reagan mask getting made and put on the actor and is extremely short. Interesting but short.
The Missing Finger Incident Evidently the woods where they shot “The Tripper” had some actual murders take place there, and one of the crewmembers found a finger during the shoot. Creepy.
A Shitty Situation A very short feature about how the made the excrement that covered Paul Reuben after his character hides in a port-a-potty.
The Tripper Presidential Campaign Follows Arquette around on his tour promoting the movie. I particularly enjoyed this feature because watching Arquette is never dull.
Blooper Reel A short segment that shows the cast flubbing their lines. This was a fun feature mainly because the cast really looked like they were having a great time.
Trailers The theatrical trailer is on here as well as trailers for other films. I tend to fast forward through this, but if it’s your thing you’ll be happy to know that it is included on the disc.
Deleted Scenes There are a group of deleted scenes that were interesting to watch but wouldn’t have added much to the finished flick.
This was one of the most jam packed packages I’ve seen in a while and well worth the price for the Special Features alone.
If you like your horror littered with political flavor, then don’t look here because any message that the filmmakers were trying to get across was completely muted by the fact they made a slasher film. Now if your looking for a fun slasher flick with disposable teens, Paul Reuben, and a kick ass killer in a Ronald Reagan mask then this is the flick for you.