Trailer Park of Terror (DVD Review)19 Oct, 2008 By: Matt Miller
Rated ‘R’ for strong sadistic horror, violence and torture/sexual content, pervasive language and drug use.
Stars Nichole Hiltz, Hayley Marie Notman, Trace Adkins, Ryan Carnes.
Trailer Park of Terror brings to life the macabre, off-the-wall Imperium Comics series of the same name. Filled with “Hellraiser”-esque villains; “Saw”-like scenes of torture, including some of the most grotesque special effects I’ve ever seen; and a powerful Southern-rock soundtrack, Trailer Park really pushes the horror-genre envelope.
The story unfolds as six very troubled teenagers and their chaperon, Pastor Lewis (Matthew Del Negro of “The Sopranos”), find themselves stranded in the middle of Trucker’s Triangle — where people have been disappearing for the past 20 years — after their bus crashes on the way back from a ministry retreat. Stuck in a violent storm, the motley crew decides to take shelter in what appears to be an abandoned trailer park.
Once they enter, the outsiders will be tempted with sex, drugs and any other vice that will lure them into the grasps of the evil redneck zombies, who have fun torturing and killing their victims.
Trailer Park marks the horror debut of director Steven Goldmann, better known for his work in country music videos. The film made a big splash at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and is easily one of the best horror films released this year. Its street date also nicely coincides well with the theatrical release of Saw V.
The filmmakers of Trailer Park assembled a top-notch cast, including a great cameo by country star Trace Adkins as the devil, and did a phenomenal job crafting an original screenplay from the popular comic book series.
The DVD includes both ‘R’-rated and unrated versions of the film, as well as a featurette with interviews of the trailer park zombies.
Overall, the film is both grisly and entertaining, making it a perfect Halloween treat for the true hardcore horror fan.