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"Where's my meat?"
on 12 July 2011
Norma has grown up in a trailer park, she's finally met a nice man and she has hopes of love and escaping from her dull, sleazy life. When she goes to meet up with him, a couple of the rednecks who also live in the trailer park end up killing him. Norma storms off and bumps into a man, the man talks her into seeking revenge and escape and gives her a gun. She goes back to the park and kills everyone, she then proceeds to kill herself. This happened in 1981, it's now 2008 and we are with Pastor Lewis and six problem teens (three boys and three girls) who are travelling back from God camp. It's raining heavily and the Pastor crashes the van into a vehicle parked in the middle of the road, they get out and discover a sign that leads them to a trailer park. Once there it appears as though the park is abandoned, until they come across Norma who offers to take them in for the night. Before long they discover that Norma isn't all she seems to be, and all the people she killed 27 years ago are decomposed zombies intent on killing them.
The film is pretty well acted considering the actors know how ludicrous the plot is, everybody plays their roles in a certain way that you can only get away with in a film like this. It's extremely tongue in cheek and has no illusions of being anything other than a fun horror comedy, it's because of this that I felt the movie worked. Norma played by Nichole Hiltz really reminded me of Jaime Pressly in My Name Is Earl, both in terms of looks and accent.
It's a straight to DVD movie but had a budget of $3,250,000, a much higher budget than this type of movie normally gets. It's been put to good use as the zombie make-up all looks very good, the picture also looks like a big budget film instead of the very grainy poor quality you sometimes get. There wasn't as much gore or nudity as I expected, I assumed the dialogue and acting would be awful so they would just throw bucket loads of sex and blood at us. I was happy to discover that they didn't feel they had to resort to it, as there is plenty of good effects, dialogue and laughs to do without it.
The film that I was most reminded of whilst watching this was the 2001 Maniacs remake, if you enjoyed that film then Trailer Park Of Terror is similar and I can't imagine you not liking this. If truth be told, I actually found this a little more enjoyable. I happened to really like the soundtrack, and felt it added to the film. Certainly not going to go down as a classic, but it's very fun and horror fans with a sense of humour should enjoy it. There's some pretty decent extras on the disc, including a making of and cast interviews with the actors in their zombie make up.