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Day Tripper, Sunday Driller - Yeah!
on 7 April 2008
When a young boy sees his Father being hassled by a group of protesters it's too much. After liberal use of a chainsaw said boy is locked away for his own good and life in the forest community can return in peace. Years later and it's this peace that visitors to a music festival are looking for. From miles around drop outs and music fans are coming to the mystical forest to listen to music. Unfortunately for them the surroundings may not be as serene as they hoped. People go missing in these woods and its happening again. Could a former right wing President be stalking the hippies? And if so, why is he carrying an axe?
'Tripper' is a schlock horror film straight from the low budget cannon of the likes of 'Brain Dead' and 'Bad Taste'. Similar to Peter Jackson's two films 'Tripper' suffers from a low budget, but tries to make up with it with humour and gross shots. Unfortunately David Arquette is no Peter Jackson and it shows in the meandering plot and poor direction. What this film does have over other cheap horror is a better cast as Arquette calls on many of his friends including Jason Mewes and Thomas Jane. I actually felt that Jane came out of the film well as the police officer and acted similarly as in 'Deep Blue Sea'.
Unfortunately the rest of the cast are phoning their performances in and look like they are there for a laugh rather than a film. Luckily, the cheap horror genre is the one place were this is a good thing. The liberal use of gore breaks the bad acting up and makes it an enjoyable watch (especially a bit drunk). For younger film fans this may become a cult favourite, but older fans will already know that the likes of 'Friday the 13th' or Jackson's films are better. If you are looking for some cheap thrills, then 'Tripper' is a low budget laugh.