Trailer Park of Terror (2008)
By: J.R. McNamara on March 26, 2010  | 
DVD
Madman | Region 4, PAL | 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 93 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Steven Goldmann
Starring: Nichole Hiltz, Jeannette Brox, Matthew Del Negro, Myk Watford, Ed Corbin
Screenplay: Timothy Dolan
Country: USA
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Comic to film adaptations: are they a good idea? I guess it depends on who you ask. There is the school of thought that suggests a film adaptation of anything is a bad idea, and that any property should be kept within its own medium. I am not one of those with that train of thought; no, I believe that seeing a hero you have idolized for years animated on the big screen by actors is a wonderful thing to behold. Sure, all comic to film adaptations aren't perfect, and many would say sacrilegious, especially when you see Venom just fall from space in Spiderman 3, or Blackheart in Ghost Rider portrayed not as a black skinned demon, but instead an goth boy with a skin disorder, or even X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Deadpool… well, don't get me started on that fiasco.

Imperium Comic's Trailer Park of Terror is an adaptation that kind of works, but then again kind of doesn't work. The original anthology comic was the first to be published by Imperium Comics, and featured the character of Norma, an undead denizen of a Trailer Park who likes to entertain her guests with tales of fear and horror - imagine The Cryptkeeper with a beautiful, removable face and a great set of knockers! The film is a beast of a different collar though: while a few tales are spun within the confines of the film, they relate to the characters in the film, and it is no longer a Creepshow like mixed bag of stories, but instead the origin of Norma, and how she ended up where, and how she is.

Our film opens in a trailer park called the Tophet Meadows Trailer Park, which sits somewhere 'down south' where a beautiful occupant of the park, Norma (Nicole Hiltz) is going on a date. Unfortunately for her, other dwellers of the park, like Roach (Myk Watford), Marv (Lew Temple) and Stank (Ed Corbin) don't like the idea of their girl, of whom it is suggested some have had a sexual liaison with, going out with a man not from the park and after some not so friendly taunting they accidently kill him.

Norma, or course, freaks out and storms out of the trailer park, with intentions unknown, until she comes across a stranger in a black hat and a devil red pick-up, played by Trace Adkins, who offers her a weapon, to exact the revenge that only a woman scorned can offer. Norma, of course, then goes ape shit and butchers the entire population of the trailer park with a weapon that could only have been forged in the pits of Hell.

Fast forward to about now, and we meet Pastor Lewis (Matthew Del Negro) and his motley gang of charges, a group of kids on a church camp so that the god Lord can cleanse their souls and their sins, who happen to be travelling through the area where the Norma bloodbath took place in the early eighties. Typically the character stereotypes have not really moved on since slasher films of the eighties, and we have the goth, the pretty black girl, the gay guy and so forth… you know the drill.

Of course, as happen in these films, wrong directions and rain lead the crew to have an accident in their church sponsored bus, and now on foot they take shelter at the Tophet Meadows Trailer Park.

Here, we the viewer are reunited with Norma, a little older, but still beautiful, who, after telling a short story (I believe in an effort to make the film seem a little like the anthology theme in the comic) about how much her life sucked as a teenager and how her Momma (Priscilla Barnes) was a hooker, murdered on the job, allows the Pastor and his flock stay the night, but what they find is that Norma's deal with the devil means she now runs a…TRAILER PARK OF TERROR, where, as the night wears on, all the deceased tenants, now revenants, feast upon the road weary travelers. Will anyone survive? Let's hope not!!

The film rolls along at a decent pace, with a few hiccups of flow, but has some great casting and some excellent undead make-ups. The blood and guts are fun, and I have to say this film has one of the most disturbing arm amputations I have ever seen!

This film is directed by Steven Goldman, a veteran music clip director, but don't let that turn you off! Mostly this film is directed with a keen eye, and from an image point of view really only falls apart with some shoddy CGI effects of the God Squad's bus driving from above, I guess they couldn't afford a helicopter for aerial shots. The film is written by Timothy Dolan, whose previous efforts included two not very well received versions of Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel, but I can say that his talents of adaptation have improved!

A special mention has to go to cult actor Tracy Walter… how can this guy still steal any scene he is in?!? He must be about 100 years old!
Video
This is an excellent presentation, clear as a bell and offered in an anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Audio
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.
Extra Features
Behind the Scenes is a usual behind the scenes/making of sort of thing with one exception: it actually has some explanations as to what various cast and crew members do. Who ever thought that DVD extras could be educational? It is actually a series of short pieces played one after the other, and I assume they were made either as Cable TV pieces or maybe even internet bits.

Interviews with the Zombies is a selection of interviews with the actors in their zombie make-ups as Norma, Roach, Marv , Stank, Ms. China and Lurlene, discussing in character, what life is like as an undead trailer park zombie from hell. I guess this is what zombie stand up comedy would be like…. well, if it was funny anyway.

Trailers for Sauna, [REC], Gruesome, Let the Right One In, Diary of the Dead, Fear(s) of the Dark and of course, Trailer Park of Terror.
The Verdict
It's a fun throwaway horror flick that has some amusing performances and some great zombie make-ups. It will never enter the annals of horror as a great one, but it is a decent enough waste of time.
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