New on DVD: Steel Trap

New on DVD: Steel Trap

One of the many lessons taught to us by films is you should not be too cruel to your classmates because they may unexpectedly return seeking revenge years later. Too bad the typical R-rating prevents us from seeing these films until it’s too late. It’s New Year’s Eve and the party atop an abandoned skyscraper […]

One of the many lessons taught to us by films is you should not be too cruel to your classmates because they may unexpectedly return seeking revenge years later. Too bad the typical R-rating prevents us from seeing these films until it’s too late.

It’s New Year’s Eve and the party atop an abandoned skyscraper is just winding down but a select few have been invited to a mysterious after party a few floors down. Following the clues to a morbid treasure hunt, they discover they are trapped in a deadly game with a masked killer carrying a meat hook. As they try to figure out the identity of their common enemy, their numbers steadily decrease and it becomes questionable if anyone will make it out alive.

There is some amazing horror coming out of Europe, specifically France, but this film does not live up to the new standards. Its attempt to capitalize on the torture porn market results in a recycling of plotlines and less effective violence. The killer even fails to utilize the most creative contraption in the picture. Very quickly, the story becomes predictable; so much so, even the identity of the murderous mastermind can be decoded.

The acting is sufficient, except for the killer’s confession which plays too over-the-top even for a homicidal maniac. Director/co-writer Luis Cámara’s use of multiple television sets to antagonize the characters was clever but the constant jumping between locations can be bothersome.

The DVD extras include a “making of” feature that is half the length of the feature as well as feature commentary by Cámara. Both are very in-depth but the commentary is more informative and the doc is unnecessarily long. Furthermore, the still gallery consists entirely of production photos and no promotional images.