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Trailer Park of Terror is a 2008 horror/comedy film written by Timothy Dolan and directed by Steven Goldmann. It is based on a comic book of the same name from Imperium Comics. While the comic was a horror anthology in the same vein as Tales from the Crypt or House of Mystery, the movie is more of a straight up slasher style picture about a group of cliche teenagers who get picked off one by one by the ghoulish residents of the titular trailer park.

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Trailer Park of Terror provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affably Evil: Definitely Norma, and maybe even a few of the other park residents too.
  • All a Dream: Bridget is left questioning this by the time she's the sole survivor.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Tiffany gets her arm sawn off, but she's so drugged out at the moment that it takes a while for her to register that she's been hurt for real.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: China Girl talks like this, but in a featurette on the DVD it's revealed that this is an act playing on people's expectaion of this trope. Her real accent is southern like everyone else in the trailer park.
  • Ax-Crazy: Everyone in the trailer park, both before and after their deaths.
  • Big Eater: Larlene. "I smell meat!"
  • Bury Your Gays: Michael, the gay kid, is one of the teens that dies.
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  • Corrupt Hick: Sheriff Keys in oh so many ways.
  • Deal with the Devil: Norma makes one. We're never given the details, but it seems to involve her lording over those who tormented her in life after they and her are dead.
  • Deep South: Though it's never stated where exactly, all the locals have pretty thick southern accents.
  • Dragon Lady: China Girl has shades of this.
  • Facial Horror: Just like in the comics, Norma's usual beauty routine consists of putting her face on... literally.
  • Final Girl: Goth bitch, Bridget.
  • Gorn: Plenty. The jerky scene alone, which has flaying and frying alive, should qualify.
  • Horror Host: Norma in the comics. In the movie there's Cigrit and Floyd who host the creature feature, Trailer Park of Terror, natch.
  • Off with His Head!: Norma rips off Pastor Lewis' head after he is unable to achieve erection again due to finding out that she's not human anymore amidst their lovemaking.
  • Pet the Dog: Norma lets Bridget go in the end because she reminds her of herself. "Tell 'em Norma sent ya."
  • Shout-Out: Norma calls Bridget "Dark Shadows" when she's asking people around her if they know any scary stories after the lights go out.


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