Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Trailer Park of Terror

 "Trailer Park of Terror" (2008, Steven Goldmann, Summit Entertainment) is a humorous splatter film with some exploitation nods. It's based on the Imperium Comic book series of the same name.

A group of troubled teens take shelter in a seemingly abandoned trailer park after their bus crashes. They find the odd, kind of creepy and seductive hostess Norma (Nichole Hiltz) there who makes them and their guardian, Pastor Lewis (Matthew Del Negro), as comfortable as you can be in a gross, old trailer park. However, Norma isn't all she seems and she isn't alone....

It's a bit of a mash up in genres. Kind of "House of 1000 corpses" meets "Death Becomes Her". You have the rapey hillbillies with some deviant fantasies, but they also happen to be zombies... Some of whom are better at keeping themselves together than others.

Depraved, gory and a bit dumb, the film mainly sticks to the horror comedy realms, with a singing zombie cowboy on guitar. But it also delves into the more gruesome torture-centred gore, which seems to be the focus of a lot of horrors at the moment.

Not really scary or creative, and not the best zombie or hillbilly horror comedy out there, but I don't think it deserves all the bad reviews it's been getting. I think it suffers for being just another submission to the zombie/redneck/torture basket. But it's entertaining.

[Image: Summit Entertainment]