Trailer Park of Terror Review

Trailer Park of Terror (2008)

Starring: Nichole Hiltz, Lew Temple, Jeanette Brox
Directed by: Stephen Goldmann

I've had this movie in my collection for a while and always wanted to do a review of it, mainly because it's a bit of a guilty pleasure. It's one of those movies that you can put on for just about anything. Pizza night, background noise, it's all good.

Trailer Park of Terror is about a group of six troubled teens and their chaperon getting stranded in the middle of a haunted trailer park when their bus crashes. Soon into the ordeal, zombie hillbillies appear and begin slaughtering the teens simply for the hell of it.

This is one of those movies I truly adore. The general plot is something as simple and akin to the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre mixed with Friday the 13th with a dash of southern hospitality. A group of (more or less) innocent teens are minding their own business when trouble strikes and causes them to run afoul of a blip on the map they would have missed had they made it 30 more minutes up the road. They stop for help only to be slaughtered one by one by a handful of psychotic zombies.

The back story to the trailer park actually makes you feel bad for one of the zombies, Norma (Nichole Hiltz) and gives a good bit of foreshadowing for the ending scenes. In both the beginning and the end, there is a small cameo by country star Trace Adkins. Honestly, I think he was perfect for that spot. The kids, on the other hand, were mostly douche-tastic. The real stars of the movie are the zombies. I particularly liked Roach, partially because I'm also a guitar player.

The overall atmosphere of the film is dark, but oddly light-hearted. Luckily, it's not enough to completely throw out the tension. That's something I did like about Trailer Park of Terror.

The real shining point of the film was the special effects. They were somewhat silly, but gruesome all at the same time. One of my favorite scenes involved a character getting into Roach's stash and let's just say, she'll never get caught red-handed again. Another sickening scene involved the ghost of the resident masseuse doing what she does best. Unfortunately, there was no happy ending.

There is a lot more good than bad about Trailer Park of Terror, to say the least. There's something in it for just about any horror fan. The only thing really missing is nudity, but that's honestly fine. This is a shining example of doing it right. It has the gore. It has some tension. Unfortunately, the characters, the protagonists, actually, are kinda unlikable, but it's more than made up for with the crazy situations they are put through. You will root for the zombies and you won't feel bad about it.




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Overall Rating: Ghoulishly Delightful

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