TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2008) – The Dungeon Review!

I had seen Trailer Park Of Terror on the shelves at the video store but never paid it much attention. Had Scott over at Anything Horror not put it on his honourable mention list of best films of the past decade I might have skipped this one. What a bloody shame that would have been!! This movie is shitloads of fun! I got a real kick out of the main character and her undead cohorts and Scott wasn’t kidding, that jerky scene is disgusting (more on that later)!

The year is 1981, our setting; a trailer park. Norma has packed a suitcase to meet up with the man she hopes will take her away. Unfortunately for her, a few of the male residents don’t approve of the relationship. They harass her poor fella something awful, and then OOPS!! A sharp iron fencepost breaks his fall. Norma runs from the trailer park and meets a stranger travelling along the road. Norma makes a deal with the man, who hands her a gun and advises her to take matters into her own hands. Norma goes back to the trailer park, shoots a few people then turns on her gas stove and lights up a cigarette. Good-bye trailer park! Or is it good-bye? Mwahahahaha….enter the Trailer Park Of Terror! If you dare!!

Newspaper clipping about disappearances in the vicinity of the trailer park leads us up to present day. Enter the victims in the form of Pastor Lewis and his bus of teenage misfits. The group and the events surrounding them are as cliché as they get; drug addict, asshole, slut, etc. A storm comes, the bus crashes, no cell phone signal, you know the drill. While the group of teens are irritating in varying degrees, the inane dialog was more tolerable than most, and this chatter is kept at reasonable levels. Stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing in sight but the trailer park. They are greeted by the very hospitable Norma who invites them in out of the rain. She serves refreshments, shares some stories, and then shows the group to the seemingly uninhabited trailers to spend the night. Doesn’t exactly sound electric at this point but that’s because we’re talking about the victims. When night falls, the trailer park comes alive (in an undead sort of way)!

The real fun in this movie comes from the wonderfully warped residents of the trailer park. First and foremost, Norma played by Nichole Hiltz fucking rocked! Sweet and endearing one moment and batshit crazy the next (when the crazy hits she reminded me of Joy from My Name Is Earl). It’s by no fault of her own that Norma grew up with her prostitute mama in this trailer park of hideous men. But Norma is full of spunk making the best of her new undead situation and really embracing her redneck roots. Norma’s creepy cohorts who once made her life a living hell are now her permanent undead companions. Marv is a bit of a thug but has a serious crush on Norma. Stank makes delicious jerky and is number one customer of Miss China. Miss China is the local “masseuse” who offers her “services” to the residents and truck drivers passing through. The gluttonous Larlene is Stank’s best customer and can’t get enough meat in any form. Finally we have rockabilly guitar playing drug addict Roach. A hideously fascinating and often hilarious group that had me mesmerized every second they were on screen!

The interaction between the trailer park residents is full of snappy and hilarious dialog, excellent visuals and great music! The rockabilly soundtrack is perfect. I loved the way they incorporate Roach’s delightful guitar ditties into a scene and how he sorta resembles the dude on the cover of The Cramps album Bad Music For Bad People. The make-up effects used on all the residents are outstanding. It takes a lot of work to look as adorable as Norma when you’re a rotting corpse! Watching her primping and preening was very entertaining! The effects in general are impressive and there is some really great gore and fun and creative deaths. I said I’d tell you about the jerky scene, but I just can’t. That would spoil all the fun! Let’s just say you get a very informative and graphic demonstration of Stank’s jerky making technique. The only complaint I really have is I would have liked one more really meaty gore scene. A couple of the teens die somewhat uneventfully and personally I would have really liked to see Larlene have a grandly graphic gourmet dinner. It’s just business as usual in the old trailer park. Drag racin’, drinkin’, making sex films and delicious jerky!

Trailer Park of Terror is based on the Imperium Comics series of the same name. I know practically nothing about the world of comics and graphic novels and I never knew this one even existed, so needless to say I can’t speak to how it compares. All I know is I thoroughly enjoyed Trailer Park Of Terror. It has great characters, excellent music and impressive effects that had me laughing and delightfully disgusted. Highly Recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Steven Goldmann

Starring: Nichole Hiltz, Lew Temple, Ed Corbin, Trisha Rae Stahl, Michelle Lee, Myk Watford, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Barnes, Matthew Del Negro, Stefanie Black, Jeanette Brox, Ryan Carnes, Brock Cuchna, Dale Dickey, Brandon Ellison

7 Responses to “TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2008) – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. I still haven’t seen this one! And now you’ve made me want to hunt it down and watch it now!
    Great blog! 🙂

  2. This movie rocks – and you’re right, the lead is reminiscent of Jaimie Pressly. She’s awesome.

  3. I just saw this earlier this year, and I love this movie! I thought I’d hate it, I almost wanted to hate it for some reason. But this movie is a hell of a lot of fun

  4. The Film Reel Says:

    I never realized this was based on a comic. Or did I and I just forgot? Sometimes I just can’t remember what I foret! HAHA! This ran at TAD a few years back and I thought it was great fun. What better place to have zombies than a trailer park!

  5. Mortimoose Says:

    Just picked it up in the 5.00 bin at wal-mart!

  6. […] “The interaction between the trailer park residents is full of snappy and hilarious dialog, excellent visuals and great music! The rockabilly soundtrack is perfect. I loved the way they incorporate Roach’s delightful guitar ditties into a scene and how he sorta resembles the dude on the cover of The Cramps album Bad Music for Bad People. The make-up effects used on all the residents are outstanding.” Goregirl’s Dungeon […]

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