Steel Trap (2007)

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
Dimension Extreme || R - 93 minutes - $19.97 || July 15, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-07-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Luis Camara
Writer(s): Gabrielle Galanter & Luis Camara (written by)
Cast: Georgia Mackenzie, Mark Wilson, Pascal Landale, Julia Ballard, Joanna Bobin, Annabelle Wallis, Adam Rayner


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director/Co-Writer Commentary
  • The Making of Steel Trap
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Dimension Extreme continues to release a slew of C-level horror films. Their latest is merely a knock-off of just about any other horror film and, particularly, Saw II. Itís another torture porn genre picture that offers nothing original and even if I were someone who actually enjoys the genre, it still fails even on the most basic level.

Steel Trap, of course, features several bland characters played by even blander actors. Five men and women, and a couple crashers, are invited to an exclusive party after a New Yearís event. While that one is on the top floor, this new party is on the 27th floor, and wouldnít you know it, this multi-story building is actually abandoned!

I wanted to try and run these characters down one by one, but they are so forgettable that I couldnít honestly do it... So needless to say these characters walk into a trap where each one is in mortal danger from a deranged killer who picks them off one by one in various fashions. They have no way out as each exit is blocked and now they must fight for their lives and survive.

My problem has little to do with its use of the torture porn that was so popular a couple years back after the release of Saw in 2004 (and subsequent sequels) and the Hostel movies, itís more to do with the fact that Steel Trap is not a very good movie and is only a cash grab for fans of the genre. Period. Itís not particularly scary and, at best, features average performances, and quite unremarkable ones at that. Even the so-called traps or devices are weak and when you get down to it, itís just another splatter house flick that will be forgotten in a second after viewing.

At only 93-minutes (and less when you remove the end credits), itís not really a chore to get through so much that it basically bored me most of the time. I could care less what happened to anyone and when the so-called twist is finally revealed, it is so laughably bad that I went from laughing to an almost level of anger that I sat through the thing to find out the reasons for why they were all chosen. Iím all for twists but could you at least PLEASE drop some clues beforehand that (if it were actually a good movie) I went back and watched again I could see some subtle hints to the end game (though watching it again for the audio commentary, they did at least put in one line, but not very clever). I think nowadays they just throw up a twist just for to surprise the audience, not something that serves the story but just to have it in there.

I cannot say this enough, skip this so-called horror/thriller as it fails on both accounts and with unmemorable characters and an inane story, this deserves to be on the bottom of some bargain bin heap. Skip it. Skip it. Skip it!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary Ė Director and co-writer Luis Camara chats about filming the movie in the Germany and coming up with the story. Itís not an entirely engaging track but Camara is filled with info and doesnít just do a play-by-play.

The Making of Steel Trap (40:36) Ė What do you get when you combine behind-the-scenes footage with accordion music? Yes, it is ďThe Making of Steel TrapĒ! The accordion music doesnít play over the footage, but the fact that itís there is interesting... Aside from the choice music are some info about the make-up effects and dressing the set. Overall, this is a fairly lengthy featurette that covers a good portion of how the film was made.

The DVD also features a still gallery and the trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The movie is presented in anamorphic widescreen and a 1.85 OAR. The picture looks OK, but I notice plenty of grain due to what I can only assume to be cheap film as this was an extremely low budgeted movie.

The only audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, is pretty soft with literally no depth during some dialog scenes and only musters up a little for other scenes.



.::OVERALL::.

Steel Trap is a C/D level horror-thriller that doesnít succeed on any level. The direction isnít anything special, the cast are unremarkable and the story has been done on some level so many times before. If the DVD has a bright side, the special features are at least half decent...