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|Directed by||David Arquette|
|Produced by||Courteney Cox Arquette|
Neil A. Machlis
|Written by||David Arquette|
|Music by||Jimmy Haun|
|Edited by||Glenn Garland|
|Distributed by||NaVinci Films|
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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.
- Jaime King as Samantha
- Thomas Jane as Buzz Hall
- Lukas Haas as Ivan
- Jason Mewes as Joey
- Balthazar Getty as Jimmy
- Marsha Thomason as Linda
- Paul Reubens as Frank Baker
- Richmond Arquette as Deputy Cooper
- David Arquette as Muff
- Courteney Cox Arquette as Cynthia
- Christopher Allen Nelson as Gus / Ronnie
- Paz de la Huerta as Jade
- Redmond Gleeson as Dylan
- Michael X. Sommers as Trooper Neatnick
Director Wes Craven makes a cameo in the film as a hippie wearing a top-hat.
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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.
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 predominant 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 also was there to answer questions. 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. It was part of the 2007 Screamfest Horror Film Festival.
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:
- 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Audio commentary by director David Arquette and stars Thomas Jane, Paul Reubens and Richmond Arquette
- Deleted scenes
- Blooper reel
- "Behind the Spleens" featurette
- The Tripper Presidential Campaign Tour
- Theatrical trailers
- B-roll music is provided by The Black Math Experiment
Image Comics in conjunction with Raw Studios published the Tripper comic adaptation David Arquette's the Tripper during May 2007 in its first edition. David Arquette is credited with story, alongside Joe Harris, who adapted the concept for the comic medium with artist Nat Jones.
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