The directorial debut of Sergeant Dewey from the Scream series, The Tripper is an interesting, funny, and just plain good ol' take on everyone's favorite horror genre: the slasher.
The beginning of the film shows a boy, intently fixated on the boob tube that is playing a speech by then governor of California, Ronnie Reagan. Extolling the virtues of capitalism and his own unsupportive stance on evironmentalism, Ronnie proclaims that once you've seen one redwood, 'you've seen them all'. The father of the little boy takes his son out into the woods to deal with a bunch of tree huggers that are protesting the logging business that the family owns. The man, with the aide of local authorities, attempts to get rid of the pesky kids but to no avail. The son decides to take matters into his own hands, revving up a chainsaw and striking down one of the hippity dos.
Fast forward a good 15 years or so, and a group of college kids set out to embark on a day of 'peace and celebration' in the woods, complete with the requisite drug induced comas and sexual escapades. A woodstock concert of sorts, the kids find themselves combating against the locals who do not want them there. One in particular, takes his love of good ol' Ronnie boy and extols his own virtuous dispensing of these kids, seeking to have a good time and 'ruin' his woods.
So as you might have expected, the son has taken on the task of ridding the woods of these goofy kids (think of cliched college kids in slashers and you get the picture). The latex rubber that he uses to fashion the Ronnie mask is a little disturbing as it looks entirely too realistic. Add in his one liner quips of 'This one's for Nancy' and you've got some really funny (and fun) horror movie goodness.
Not entirely inventive, but definitely a good spin, The Tripper serves up a good slice of slasher pie. Well done Mr. Courtney Cox. Well done indeed.
Cortez the Killer