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Fright Night Friday: The Trap (2015)

Previously, we discussed low-budget indie flicks that came from overseas. I was amazed at the artistic quality, deep themes, and haunting locations of Lord of Tears.

Sadly, The Trap is none of that.

The Trap was like watching Saw if it had been shot on someone’s handycam with effects scrabbled together out of someone’s garage. Except, then someone tries to throw in any number of horrible jokes, often to minimal success.

The acting isn’t that bad, and I applaud several of the performances, notably Felicity Wren and David Haydn’s back-and-forth as well as Alexander Kirk’s bumbling “Tim.” Even the group of young adults, from Sean Garratt’s pothead “Raz” to Millie Reeves’ sassy “Tina,” were decent.

Yet, often their lines fell flat, whether due to script or direction I’m unsure. The attempts at humor only made me smirk on occasion; most just left me staring at the screen. Similarly, the dramatic relationships between characters had no time to build, so sudden changes between characters seemed confusing.

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The special effects and trap designs made little to no sense, unlike Saw and similar torture porn films. There was little common theme, they were unrealistic, and they lacked much oomph or shock. In fact, most of them the mechanics weren’t even shown, and all you saw was inexplicable death.

Similarly, many of the trap aspects and other background items looked like community theater props. Random switches, conveniently labeled for the audience, appeared just to be stuck on the walls. Similarly, most of the gore seemed like Halloween store blood and gelatin.

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Another issue I had was the cinematography and soundtrack, which felt like porno music overlaid on a camcorder. Many scenes were shot way too close to the actors, with shaky transitions, exacerbated by the synth-rock in the background.

As for the story, it made about as much sense as the traps, requiring an entire monologue at the end (by a surprise character) to explain. This confusion is a shame because I think the premise was solid. Having two groups trapped in this location, one professionals and the other amateurs, made for good cinema.

Apparently, this movie won awards, which I don’t quite get; although not a terrible film, I don’t think it had the quality to warrant recognition. While America’s Most Haunted was cheesy, the jokes were well-delivered; The Trap appears to have missed that mark.

I give this movie 2.5 porcelain pigs out of 5.

About Brook H. (92 Articles)
Generalist, polymath, jack-of-all-trades... what hasn't Brook studied. Knowledge is power, which is probably why he ended up with degrees in Human Behavior and Psychology, not to mention majoring in everything from computers to business while working in theater, security, emergency communications, and human services. He currently resides outside Baltimore where he tries to balance his children, local politics, hobbies, and work. Brook is a major Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing advocate (he's HoH himself), lifelong gamer (from table-top to computer), loves everything paranormal, and is a Horror-movie buff.

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