Sunday, September 16, 2012

Trip With The Teacher (it would have been more exciting if they stayed home)

Score: 4 Out Of 10
                  I always love a good exploitation flick. I can not say, however, that this film is an exception because it is just not good. "Trip With the Teacher" was directed by Earl Barton (this film was, by the way, the only time he actually directed) and stars Zalman King, Robert Gribbon and Cathy Worthington. I know there are probably gonna be some people hating on me because Mr. King has somewhat of a cult following but I personally believe that his following is attributed to his work as a director, not an actor. In fact it was performance that bothered me the most out of every body's. Every one's acting was kinda bad, but the entire film, it was almost as if King was falling asleep. I get that he was supposed to be dangerous and mysterious, but I just found it completely annoying. What bothers me even more is that I have seen Zalman King act in other films before and he wasn't bad. I'm not sure if I should attribute this to bad acting or bad directing. Was Barton encouraging that?
              Another thing that really killed it for me was how boring this film is. For the first thirty minutes almost nothing happens. Then even when things do start to pick up the film is so horribly paced I still get bored watching. By an hour into the movie I was really fighting the urge to turn it off. In conclusion. Bad acting. Bad pacing. Boring Story. Boring action scenes. Poor Direction. Are there any redeeming qualities here? Yes. The soundtrack was pretty good and I felt the poor film quality helped to build a really nice atmosphere. Unfortunately that is all the film really has going for it.
    The B-Movie Guy.
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