Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Tripper (2006)

Director: David Arquette

Writers: David Arquette, Joe Harris

Composers: Jimmy Haun, David Wittman

Starring: David Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Courteney Cox, China Crawford, Paz de la Huerta, Alan Draven, Norwood Fisher, Ben Gardiner, Richard Gross, Lukas Haas, Brad Hunt, Thomas Jane, Rick Overton, Paul Reubens, Jason Mewes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Move Over Jason, Look Out Freddie. HEEERE'S RONNIE!

Plot: A Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer targets a bunch of hippies who are heading to a weekend-long concert.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I really dig horror films that are set in the woods.  THE TRIPPER looks great and it's somewhat satisfying.  There's no problem with the acting (it's great seeing Paul Reubens in anything and Jason Mewes is a lot of fun), camerawork, aesthetic, gore or most anything else.  The problem is that after the first half it drags a lot.  I hate it when films feel bound to that 90 minute constraint.  What's wrong with a 75 minute movie?  Cut 15 minutes (or whatever) and tighten this thing up.  I really hate how films are sold to us like this. I'm sure people will bitch no matter what you do but would it be that bad to watch an hour or so film if it means it's much improved because of the shorter length?  I don't think so.  I was ready for this to be over long before the credits rolled. It's just too much.  There's a lot to like but the drag keeps it from being a good slasher comedy.  Thomas Jane rocked, though.  There's a better film in here somewhere and it needs is a good editor to find it.

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