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Trailer Park of Terror Movie

I will preface this review by saying that this is a very well made film with top notch blood-spurting, makeup and digital effects, great cinematography, and excellent sound production. The viewer must keep in mind that it is intended to be a fun horror romp, and should not be taken too seriously. it’s an anything goes horror flick with many redeeming qualities. A true fan of horror comedy (this film tries hard), one who can check his or her brain at the door, will have a few chuckles, and even maybe a guffaw as the film unfolds.

A few familiar faces in the cast include Priscilla Barnes and veteran character actor Tracey Walter, who serves up a few rather unintriguing lines as a patron of the truck-stop diner, and returns in the end to help out a survivor.

Trailer Park of Terror does have a hot blonde in the beginning…

… which takes place at the trailer park sometime in 1980 or 81, where Norma (Nichole Hiltz), our hot blonde born into the wrong way of life, is bothered, berated and bullied by the trailer trash on her way to meet her ticket out of that hell hole: her boyfriend Aaron. On her way out of the park her story is musically narrated by a side-burned southern-rock guitar-Elvis with bad Billy Ray Cyrus hairdo and a Billy Idol lip (played by Myk Watford).

But alas, her runaway dream is not to be. Aaron is inadvertently off-ed by the trailer trash and as Norma runs away from the hokey pokey she encounters a mysterious southern-rock-devil-went-down-to-Georgia stranger (Trace Adkins) who gives her a new ticket. A ticket for revenge in the form of a gun. But it comes with a hefty price tag.

Returning to the trailer park Norma makes quick business of all those who harassed and humiliated her. Then she sits next to the fat lady she shot through the mouth, where she turns on the propane gas, lights up a smoke and waits for the explosive fire to seal the deal. Singing her “come to me Satan” song.

Jump ahead, through a montage of newspaper clippings and signs posted on bulletin boards flashing across the screen, we’re clued in to a trend of missing persons cases. Finally the somewhat nauseating camera pans end and we arrive in 2008, outside a roadside diner where a busload of kids from a church retreat group have stopped for some drinks and snacks before they continue their journey back from a week of finding salvation for their various depraved activities. Apparently the week at camp didn’t work. But they learn what they should be repentant of as the film moves on.

We’re briefly introduced to the characters that will take us through the rest of the film, but not really enough to care about what happens to them, except for maybe the goth chick played by Jeanette Brox. I’m partial to goth chicks.

After shoplifting porn, attempted sex in the bathroom, and a certain favor in exchange for drugs, the unsaved are back on the bus. The film does have it’s share of bad one-liners, evident by the first lame line delivered by the porno-shoplifter kid on the bus when asked to check his cellphone for service. He lamely quips, “looks like a dead zone.” Groan. The commercials from a cellphone company that rhymes with horizon are comical, but the line did not work here.

I don’t want to give away the whole story. Suffice to say the bus is rendered inoperative, and a thunderstorm dumps buckets of rainwater on them as they seek refuge at… you guessed it, the Trailer Park of Terror. Hey, the real horror has only just begun.

Now we get into some real gruesome gore effects, and finally a decent dose of humor. See, the trailer trash are still there, haunting the place where they died, in the form of crazy, red-neck zombies hell bent on having a good gruesome time.

Perhaps the funniest bit comes after our side-burned southern-rock guitar-Elvis with bad Billy Ray Cyrus hairdo (sans Billy Idol lip, you’ll see why) is blown apart when he accidentally steps on his own claymore mine as he chases the goth chick through the woods. One of his cronies attempts to reassemble him with duct tape and a staple gun. This is when we realize the movie is supposed to be a comedy/horror, and it might work there on out after all.

Things get a little inflated as our zombie rocker jams from atop his public address platform narrating the depraved scene unfolding in one of the trailers below. And the intensity elevates right to the crash up ending.

BOB Trailer Review

This was the first time I used a trailer instead of panniers. My comments are a direct comparison between the two. Pedalling distance was about 2,500 km’s, plus the ferry and train on Bass Strait and Nullarbor Plain.

The towing bike was a rigid aluminium frame, with 26″ wheels and road tyres. Drive gear was 9-speed 11-34 rear and 22-32-44 front. Brakes were Shimano XT hydraulic discs with 160mm rotors. It had front panniers and a handlebar bag.

The trailer was fully-loaded, with heavy items packed low and to the front in the BOB bag. An overnight bag was strapped on top with three extra 1.5L water bottles.

The weight was noticeable. It pushed the bike during braking and dragged during acceleration. A pannier-loaded bike feels heavy but without the push and drag.

It had momentum and rolled along quite effortlessly, though as soon as the path sloped upwards I was quickly looking for a low gear.

Braking required some technique, think ‘semi-trailer’. It had a longer braking distance, even with hydraulic discs. Both brakes needed to be used together, with the rear brake being applied first.

Using the front brake first felt unsafe with the weight pushing from behind, especially while cornering. I also suspect this force loosened the threadless headset.

Steering was slower and heavier. The rig preferred gentler cornering without sudden manoeuvres. Take-off was very stable and straight. A pannier-loaded bike often begins with a few seconds of wild steering, but overall has quicker manoeuvrability.

U-turns required a bigger turning circle, and moving slower with less leaning. This is when I felt my trailer was top-heavy, though I was moving slow enough to just step off when it tipped.

Parking required leaning on something, which usually meant manually handling the bike and trailer into a stable position against something solid. Often there wasn’t anything available and I’d miss out on the photo.

A handbrake made a big difference; a rubber band on the brake lever will do it.

There is a free-standing technique that many use, turning the bike and trailer at right angles. I suspect it puts abnormal stress on the BOB quick-release and locking pins.

Reversing takes practice. I didn’t realise how often I push the bike backwards till I had to do it with a trailer.

Train and Ferry required unhitching the trailer. This meant taking up two luggage spaces. Fortunately I wasn’t required to unpack and box everything. Other articles I read discourage unhitching a loaded trailer, but I did it anyway. It needs strength and care not to bend or break anything.

Tips and Gripes:

When it falls over, grab the BOB by its frame and don’t use the bike as a lever to lift it. Gravity will damage the trailer hitch.

A larger rear brake rotor would greatly improve braking performance and decrease rear pad wear. A larger front rotor might not be a good idea; I suspect it would increase the previously-mentioned stress on the front end.

A centre-stand might provide free-standing support without needing to lean on something. A side-stand will not do the job.

A piece of sleeping-mat, cut and placed in the tray, stops the metal grill rubbing holes in the bottom of the bag.

A handle to move a loaded-trailer like a wheelbarrow might be good.

BOB’s Ibex trailer model with suspension would better handle the bumps and gutters, but I wanted less moving parts to maintain.

Clips on the bag are positioned so low that opening and closing the bag while it’s on the trailer can be difficult.

The trailer sits lower than the bikes rear mudguard, it won’t stop mud being splattered all over the BOB bag.

CONCLUSION:

The trailer looked good, carried everything, didn’t break, and was a wonderful conversation piece. It travelled well and followed the bike well.

It has the ability to carry heavy gear, and the convenience of unhitching the heavy gear to go exploring without it.

Pedalling uphill, braking, doing u-turns, negotiating obstacles, parking, reversing, and using public transport, all require a different set of techniques and sometimes more effort.

How to Show Your Love With a TV Gift Idea

Even if your family hasn’t been out window shopping for a new TV, you may be less than satisfied with your viewing options. Cable and satellite companies charge you exorbitant fees for hundreds of channels that you’re rarely interested in viewing – even on a rainy day. Furthermore, you don’t have a-la-carte options, so you can’t select which channels you want to watch. You’re ultimately paying for channels that appeal to the masses. They say that patience is a virtue, but it’s no fun waiting days just to watch new releases. No worries! Relax your mind, and checkout Apple TV as a new and cool gadget gift idea that the whole family can enjoy.

Now that you have some new and cool gadget gift options, Apple TV can take your viewing pleasure to the next level. You don’t have to stream from your laptop anymore. You can get access to over 7,000 High Definition (HD) movies, commercial-free TV shows, YouTube videos, Netflix content, family photos, and music right on your TV screen. Movies can be rented for only 99¢ per episode. Are you tired of being the last to see the new releases? Many of these titles won’t be available at RedBox, for days. Your loved ones will admire how you’ve taken back control of your TV and you’ll love how much money you’re saving.

Is the Setup Complicated Because I Don’t Like to Read Installation Manuals?

If you want to get that perfect picture that you see at the store, then you’re going to need a HDMI cable. You don’t have to perform some fancy setup – setup is extremely easy, it’s just plug-n-play. If space is limited, you’ll be glad to know that the Apple TV is a space saver and lightweight. It weighs in at 2 pounds – less than what your youngest child weighs.

Another cool feature that the family will love is the streaming from mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. A free application in the iTunes Store is Apple Remote. It transforms your devices into a remote control. Amazingly, you can control the Apple TV with a swipe of your finger. You can quickly tap here and there to search by movie title or genre. Movie reviews, trailers, and ratings can also be previewed.

Can We Stream Music throughout Our Home?

Yes! Apple does it again by introducing some new Apple technology called AirPlay. AirPlay is simply an easy way to hear music in all parts of your house through speakers. This gadget gift idea is compatible with any AirPlay-enabled device such as the Denon Wi-Fi Network Streaming AM/FM Receiver (coming soon). AirPlay will also be coming soon on Airplay-enabled speakers and stereo systems. No cables, no wires, just play. It’s like having whole house audio.

At under $100, the Apple TV is an affordable gadget gift idea that won’t break the bank. There have been a few quality issues, but overall user reviews have been exceptionally positive. Your family will love all the interactive features and experience years of enjoyment from Apple TV.

Quickflix Review

A Look at One of Australia’s Biggest Online DVD Rental Companies

Quickflix is one of the fastest growing online DVD rental companies in Australia. Owned and operated by Quickflix Pty Ltd., Quickflix’s clear advantage over its competitors is its massive inventory of 37,000+ titles, free home delivery system, and its “No Late Fees” policy. Other web features that first-time visitors would find rather compelling are the month-long free trial period and value-added services like movie reviews, trailers, and movie recommendations. But if you are not used to queuing or “waiting in line” for DVDs, subscribing to Quickflix may not exactly be that picture perfect.

How Does Quickflix Work

Renting. Once you have signed up with Quickflix, you can now start browsing for DVDs contained in their library of over 37,000+ movie titles. As compared to the standard “select-and-rent” method, Quickflix’s system relies on queuing or “first-come-first served” basis in dispatching DVDs ordered online. With the Free Trial, Quickflix dispatches three DVDs straight to your mailbox and requires that you return them before the rest of the movies will be sent your way. Quickflix also recommends that their customers identify at least 20 movies and be put on queue, something that can be cumbersome if you have not exactly made a list of what you want to include in your watch list.

Subscription. Quickflix offers five (5) plan classifications based on the number of DVDs that you are allowed to order out a time. Starting at $9.95, you can order at least 2 DVDs a month and pay for an additional $3.00 per disc for extra rentals.

Delivery and Return Policy. Movies that you have queued in your list will be dispatched to the address you have specified through Australia Post, which means that you can only receive what you’ve ordered between Monday and Friday. The package is enclosed in a card-board envelope and delivered with a pre-paid postage.

What’s Good About Quickflix

What are the advantages of getting your DVDs from Quickflix? Here’s what I think,

Convenient, especially if you’re coming from a long day at work. Conveniently browse through Quickflix’s online library of 37,000+ movie titles and wait for the DVDs to be dropped at your mailbox.

Free Trial for full one month. Enjoy the newest, the most exclusive, and hard-to-find titles for free!

Widest Selection of over 37,000 movie titles. Quickflix’s massive inventory is truly one of the biggest movie listings ever.

The Not-so Good Angles

Some of the issues I find not-so attractive to customers include,