It's difficult reviewing The Tripper. Do you rate it against all other films? If so, it's just another low budget slasher with a big name attached (in the form of David Arquette, not to mention Jason Mewes and Paul Reubens), or do you rate it against other slasher movies?
In general terms, The Tripper tries for something slightly different from the usual slasher film. It has a political background in the Reagan years and the underlying message is of how Reagan `ruined' America with various political measures. The question is, are any of the standard slasher movie fans going to know or care about this enough to make the idea worth while? Anyway, it creates an excuse for the slasher themselves to wear a Reagan mask, so I shouldn't complain.
In the meantime, the film explores (in the same way that Toy Story 2 explores the effects of the collector on the toy industry) hallucinogenic drug culture, which is basically a case of having some long haired people on drugs and various trippy effects used throughout the movie. Cue Jason Mewes as one of the tripping reprobates (typecasting ahoy!).
As with many other Slasher flicks, it's no surprise to find that it has a low budget look and feel and aside from trippy visuals and so-so political messages, it looks and feels like a typical movie of it's ilk. So while The Tripper has some nice ideas and is probably worthy of your collection should you be a fan of these type of films, it's interesting additions to the genre don't really add enough to stand it above the other films it might be compared to. So not a bad film, by any means, but not likely to win any awards either.