Trailer Park of Terror

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When a group of troubled teens on their way back from a reformation retreat get stuck in a small trailer park during a storm, their haunted pasts will be the least of their concerns. Based on the Imperium Comics series of the same name.

Many people aren’t aware that Rockabilly, and its angry younger brother Psycobilly, are the preferred music of the underworld. Yeah, I know, you’re probably thinking the same thing most people think “I always thought it would be Death Metal” and you’re partially right. Demons love Death Metal while they’re at work, but once they get home they need something a little cooler for relaxation than your standard thrash and bash, and not just something cooler, but something with some style…thus Rockabilly. Just whatever you do, never bring up with a demon Satan’s love of Michael Bolton, it’s an easy way to get yourself a demonic ass kicking.

Our rocking good time starts off with trailer park queen Norma getting ready for a date with someone who promises to take her out of the hellhole she calls a life. The local trailer park “leaders” (for lack of a better word) don’t approve of her date. They include Stank (a bear of a man and head of the park’s meat supply), Marv (Norma’s Ex and lead guy when it comes to the trailer park’s crime schemes such as robbing trailer trucks) and Roach (the smart ass, guitar playing comic relief). When Norma’s good guy boyfriend shows up, these three decide to have some fun with him, but end up accidentally impaling the poor prospect on a metal pole (not like that you sickos, this isn’t Deliverance). This is the last strike for Norma who has already been subject to a sad and abused life (her own mother was shot by Stank for refusing to do a porn scene, a scene Norma was then forced to finish). She storms off intending to leave the park behind forever when she runs into an old grizzled country boy, kind of a redneck version of James Dean played by Trace Adkins, who seems to know a whole lot about her. The mysterious stranger gives the distraught Norma a way to get her revenge against those who have made her life a living hell, a satanic shotgun (or maybe just a regular shotgun with a large ammo capacity, I’m not really sure). This leads to one of the coolest revenge sequences in cinematic history when Norma walks through the trailer park shooting anyone who gets in her path. She than opens the valve on a propane tank and sits down to smoke her last cigarette, waiting for the two things to mix with explosive results. This is all before the opening credits even begin to roll, and during those credits credits we see newspaper clippings detailing the trailer park massacre and the many disappearances over the subsequent years. Fast forward a few years and a short bus containing a group of troubled kids with anger issues and drug problems is on its way back from a wasted attempt to reform the terrible teens. As the night wears on and a storm settles in, the bus’ driver, Pastor Lewis, isn’t able to see the large truck parked in the middle of the road and slams right into it, turning their mode of transportation into a useless metal tomb. Lucky for the kids, a nearby trailer park offers some shelter, but their shelter turns out to be the home of a very unhappy woman who years prior killed everyone she knew. That’s right, Norma’s back and looking for a few new victims to add her menagerie of zombified servants, and now, the fun is really about to begin.

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{I always had a strange feeling that Trace Adkins had some kind of a connection to the underworld, that goatee is far too perfect}

Zombies, great music, flying body parts, blood and guts, some great laughs, and a good story, what more could one possibly want from a horror movie. This has to be one of my all-time favorite zombie flicks. There isn’t anything here I don’t like, and the music makes this movie that much better. Rockabilly is a music any zombie can swing to.

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{As per exhibit A}

Let’s go down the list, shall we?

The story is great and definitely a little different than your average zombie tale, and understand, these aren’t you’re standard shuffling reanimated corpses but supernatural undead brought back to life by the power of laughter, err, hell. They retain all their mobility and better yet, their smartass attitudes. I’m usually not a fan of fast moving zombies but these one I can learn to love. The story moves at a great pace and though there are some serious moments, they never slow the movie down to an unnecessary crawl. One of the things that impressed me so much about this story is how deep it delves into a hopelessness we have all felt at one time or another, the hopeless feeling that there isn’t any way to escape a life we don’t want, and the impossibility (or so it seems) to create the life we do want for ourselves. Our main villain Norma isn’t as much of a monster as might seem. She’s just a woman who has let her bitterness and resentment blind her, causing her to lash out at an entire world she considers her enemy. There is a great clash between the revulsion you’ll feel at Norma’s actions and the sympathy most will feel over the horrid things she had to deal with during her life. There is a scene at the end that confirms the fact that Norma is less of monster than you would have thought, a scene I’d prefer not to give away. This same development is done with several of the characters, giving many of them a depth that makes them relatable to the audience. The producers did a good job of picking which characters to expand on and which to leave as simple cannon fodder. This keeps the story from being overloaded with too much character development. There’s also a lot of laughs to be had thanks to the great dialogue and the hilarity of watching the trailer park zombies deal with their undead lives.

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{Imagine how easy make up would be for women if they could all take their entire faces off, I really think Norma should be looking at the positives here}

The effects and makeup are great, and the way the zombies look is awesome. Those Norma killed years ago are now her undead servants, but they still maintain their personalities. Because of this fact, the film’s makeup artists did a great job with making them look like rotting ghouls, but they made sure that the actors still had the ability to express how they were feeling. The deaths are inventive, original, and very brutal. They are also very realistic. I have to say I was very impressed with what they did here and I applaud their choice to use practical effects over CGI.

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{Norma and her undead crew}

Last but not least is the music. It fits perfectly with the movie and gives it a very stylish feel. My favorite parts in the film are when an undead Roach (the guitar playing comic relief, not an actual cockroach, just wanted to clarify) gets on the top of one of the buildings to belt out some great songs. I know not everyone is a fan of Rockabilly, but you can’t help but admit it works for the film.

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{And judging by some of these issue covers I need to look into finding the comic book as well}

This is definitely a can’t miss movie, so why are you still reading my review, go out and watch the damn thing already.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Directed by Steven Goldmann (Broken Bridges, Our Country)

Starring: Nichole Hiltz (Alien Autopsy, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie), Jeanette Brox (Easier with Practice, Stolen), and Ed Corbin (Chrystal, To Protect and Serve)

Released By: Trailer Park Partners and Summit Entertainment

Release Year: 2008

Release Type: Straight to Video

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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