Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Trailer Park of Terror (2008)

With a title like that, you know pretty much what you're going to get, and depending on the sort of genre addict that you are, you're either gonna love this or hate it. Based on Imperium Comics' popular underground comic book series, Trailer Park of Terror is an absolute blast, mixing a bunch of classic horror tropes with some ridiculously fun sequences that give the flick the feel of The Evil Dead mixed with The Hills Have Eyes.

A bunch of troubled teens are being taken on a road trip by their pastor, and when they get stranded in a remote town in the wastes of the American desert, they take refuge in an apparently abandoned trailer park. Well, as long as you watch the first ten minutes of the film, you'll know that the trailer park didn't used to be abandoned, and when the kids find out just what lurks in those trailers, well, mayhem of the bloody variety ensues.

Zombies, violence, a demolition derby featuring zombies, an undead rock n' roll guitar player, man, you can tell it's from a comic, and it works damn well. The budget was modest, but everything onscreen looks great. There's some really nice cinematography going on in the film that took me rather by surprise, considering the subject matter.

The film is cheap and cheerful, but handled very well (and I do think it will gather a cult following as time progresses). The gore is nicely handled, and while very graphic it has that wonderful cartoony edge that stops it taking itself very seriously. The main characters of the troubled teenagers are actually surprisingly good, acting like the disturbed brats they're meant to be, but stepping up when the need arises.

As indie comics adaptations go, Trailer Park of Terror has to be one of the best in terms of fun and outrageous images (that guitar-playing zombie is going to take some beating in my eyes), and while it was never going to change the world, it'll certainly entertain those with a taste for crass humour, gory set-pieces, zombie hicks and strong nods to the 70s and 80s in terms of style. What's not to love?

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