The Tripper

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The Tripper
The tripper.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byDavid Arquette
Produced byCourteney Cox Arquette
Evan Astrowsky
David Arquette
Navin Narang
Neil A. Machlis
Written byDavid Arquette
Joe Harris
StarringJaime King
Thomas Jane
Lukas Haas
Music byJimmy Haun
David Wittman
CinematographyBobby Bukowski
Edited byGlenn Garland
Coquette Productions
Raw Entertainment
Distributed byNaVinci Films
Release date
  • October 13, 2006 (2006-10-13) (ScreamFest)
  • April 20, 2007 (2007-04-20) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Tripper is a 2006 comedy horror slasher film directed by David Arquette and starring Jaime King, Thomas Jane and Lukas Haas.


The film is a nostalgic homage to the exploitation films of Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper that follows a group of free-loving hippies who escape to a modern-day Woodstock for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a radical-minded psychopath dressed and talking like Ronald Reagan.


Director Wes Craven makes a cameo in the film as a hippie wearing a top-hat.


The film is directed, produced, written by and stars David Arquette. Arquette's then wife, Courteney Cox Arquette, is also a producer and actor in the film. The title is a play on Ronald Reagan's nickname of "The Gipper".

In August 2007, writer-producer Fritz Jünker sued the Arquettes' production company Coquette Productions, Inc. for copyright infringement, claiming Jünker's 2001 film, The Truth About Beef Jerky, was the basis for The Tripper. The case never went to court, and was eventually dropped, because Jünker could not afford to take the case to court. Both films were shot at the same state park north of Santa Cruz, California, The Truth About Beef Jerky in 2001, and The Tripper several years later.


The premiere was held in the Del Mar theater in Santa Cruz (the predominate location of the picture). David Arquette and fellow cast members were there to answer questions. The Canadian premiere of The Tripper was at Fantasia Festival in 2007. Arquette was there to answer questions.[1] It was shown as a bonus film as part of 2007's 8 Films to Die For. The release date of the film, April 20, or 4/20 is a reference to 420, a number of prominence in cannabis culture. The MPAA rating system gave the film an R rating for strong horror violence and graphic violence, drug content, language and some sexuality/nudity.[2] It was part of the 2007 Screamfest Horror Film Festival.

DVD release[edit]

The DVD was released on October 23, 2007. The DVD is Unrated and runs for 97 minutes; 4 minutes longer than the original cut. The DVD includes:


Image Comics in conjunction with Raw Studios published the Tripper comic adaptation David Arquette's the Tripper during May 2007 in its 1st Edition. David Arquette is accredited with story alongside Joe Harris who adapted the concept for the comic medium with artist Nat Jones.

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received negative reviews. It has received a 33% "rotten" rating by the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes,[4] based on 15 reviews.


  1. ^ "Year 2007". Year 2007.
  2. ^ Review in Ignore Magazine Archived 2008-05-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "DVD Times - The Tripper (R1) in October".
  4. ^ "The Tripper (2007)".

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