The lively rural thriller "Trapped" is good fun, with fine actionsequences and some memorable characters. It does come with somesubtext: one of the characters believes that murder is rarely if everjustified. One can guess that he'll come out of his experience heresinging a different tune. There's also something to be said for whatcan happen when people in isolated communities insist on making theirown "laws". Effectively directed by William Fruet ("Death Weekend","Search and Destroy") and entertainingly performed, it gets off to agood start and is paced well until the kick ass finale.<br><br>A quartet of college students travel to the boondocks to do some hikingand cave exploring, only to witness a killing. Local community leaderHenry Chatwill (Henry Silva) has caught his hot babe young wifesleeping with another man, and with the help of his friends hastortured this man (including having him tarred and feathered) andultimately murdered him. The kids try to appeal to the local sheriff(John Rutter), who unfortunately turns out to be Henry's kid brotherand who believes that blood runs thicker than water. So there'll be nohelp on that front. The kids have to put up with being captured andre-captured by Henry and pals until the odds finally swing in theirfavour.<br><br>This is a lot of fun for any viewer who digs the entire"hicksploitation" genre. Much of the enjoyment can be chalked up to thescenery chewing performance by Silva, who's a hoot from beginning toend. Nicholas Campbell is okay if not that likable as Roger, theaforementioned young man with strong opinions on the taking of humanlife. Gina Dick ("My Bloody Valentine" '81), Joy Thompson ("Prom Night"'80), and Danone Camden ('Dallas') are all quite pleasing to look at.Viewers may be pleased to note the doses of female nudity. Standing outin the cast is Barbara Gordon ("Dead Ringers") as Henry's sisterMiriam, one person who is willing to stand up to him from the get go.The screenplay is by John Beaird, who wrote the '81 "My BloodyValentine", and the on location shooting in both Ontario, Canada andGeorgia, USA, is top notch.<br><br>Incidentally, the alternate title "Baker County, U.S.A." is a littlemore punchy; "Trapped" just sounds too generic.<br><br>Recommended to fans of films like "Deliverance" and "Rituals".<br><br>Eight out of 10.