Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Mark Wilson, Georgia Mackenzie, Pascal Langdale, Adam Rayner, Julia Ballard
Director: Luis Camara
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
A New Year's bash in an abandoned high-rise building turns into a grisly bloodbath when five guests receive a mysterious txt invite to a VIP party on the 27th floor. Joined by two crashers, the strangers soon realize they'... more »
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Steel trap was average but the ending......ugh!
David Carney | POINT PLEASANT | 08/12/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A group of people who all have one thing in common,they all work in the media field.After bringing in the New year each one is summons via text message to the 27 th floor for an after party.I did notice the clock on the wall said 9:30 pm....OOOPS!Anyway each one is taunted by a crazed man wearing a black costume and what appears to me as a metalic silver mask almost ninja style.As the morning wears on one by one they're running around advoiding the killer.All in all it kept me interested but the characters were unlikable.They were mean spirited and arrogant as hell!Root for the killer! The ending was frustrating mainly because it was silly and a let down.You be da judge on dat!"
Tries to be Too Clever for Its Own Good
Graboidz | Westminster, Maryland | 03/09/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe they should have called this thing "Drywall Trap" or "Office Space Trap", because there really isn't a whole lot of "Steel" visible during the flick...maybe the elevator doors??
I really did like the premise of this film. You get nine almost-strangers trapped on the 27th floor of a deserted high rise being hunted down one-by-one by a masked killer. As a huge fan of slasher flicks, that is all I needed to give this one a shot. Unfortunately, there are quite a few things missing that would have made the film enjoyable:
1. - Likable Characters. Okay, so when you make a slasher flick, you always need someone to play the jerk, just so you can enjoy watching them get hacked to pieces. Well, with "Steel Trap" all you have are unlikable idiots that no one could possibly relate too. With so many unlikable characters, you truly don't care who wins, loses, lives or dies. You just want it over with.
2. - A Menacing Killer. The photos on the DVD of the masked killer look pretty creepy...and that is as close to scary as it gets with the movie. In action this masked dork doesn't really inspire fright so much as bemusement.
3. - Creepy Setting. If all else fails, put your protagonists in a creepy environment that can be fun to look at. Watching someone run past the copier room in what looks like an insurance agency office is just plain dull.
4. - Have some Gore. For a DVD from "Dimension Extreme" you would hope a little red stuff would spill from time to time. Even a low-grade horror flick can at least pump out some grue to enliven things, but any red stuff spilled here is strictly in the "Rated PG" range.
The cover of the DVD looks awesome, the story sounds compelling, but trust me, the only thing resembling a "trap" is the marketing done for this film. I sprung it, and was trapped into wasting 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Avoid this one big time."
"This Just Keeps Getting Dumber."
Richard Ross | 06/15/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"That's an actual quote from one of the characters in this sorry excuse for a horror film. It's also the only thing in the script I found smart. 'Steel Trap' has all the makings for a decent horror film: an interesting premise, a spooky set, unlikable characters and wonderfully campy dialogue, but instead the filmmakers throw it all out in favor of making yet another torture porn movie.
It's New Year's Eve. While the party rages downstairs, six strangers each receive a mysterious e-mail inviting them to a more exclusive party being held on the top floor of an abandoned high rise. The guest list includes a rock star, a celebrity chef, a TV executive, an advice columnist and her boyfriend. There are also a couple of party crashers. When the guests arrive at the top floor they're greeted by ominous music and a severed pig's head. Alarmed but undeterred, they venture onwards where they discover personalized name tags that not only bear their names but also their biggest character flaws. As the six sit around taking swigs from a champagne bottle and snorting coke, they try to figure out who their host is and how that person knows so much about their personal lives. Instead of finding the answers they seek, they find a map which leads them on a scavenger hunt for clues. Since they're a little tipsy and a bit stoned they think it's a good idea to break off into groups and explore the dark hallways and locked rooms of an abandoned high rise. Needless to say, with the group splintered every which way, the guests start getting picked off one by one. What at first seemed like a disparate group of strangers turns out to be a group of people with more in common than they think. Each one did something horrible in the mind of their unseen host who sees fit to get revenge on them in the most gruesome ways imaginable. It also goes without saying that one of the guests learns of this horrible plan before getting captured by the bad guy who then goes into great detail explaining how his pent up pain has led to this, confirming everything that person, and us, knows by now.
The film sucks. The cast is full of unknowns, it's not scary but extremely dull, gory as hell and the ending is so stupid not only in theory but in execution. Except for some wonderfully campy dialogue there's no escape from this 'Steel Trap' of stupidity."
Walk away people, nothing to see here.
Saint Thomas | Kent, Ohio | 11/25/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe I'm the only one who thought this, but I had some what high expectations for the movie STEEL TRAP. Nothing too high, I just figured it would be a passable little Slasher flick. After all, Dimension Extreme is known for releasing some enjoyable (if not a little predictable) Horror films from time to time. With such movies as BLACK SHEEP, DIARY OF THE DEAD, STORM WARNING and the FEAST series, I always looked forward to the latest Dimension Extreme release. Sadly, the movie STEEL TRAP isn't anywhere near as good as I had hoped. It's almost an acceptable film but ends up just being junk.
Normally I can find at least one or two aspects in a Horror film that makes it worthwhile, even if the movie isn't all that great as a whole. In the case of the movie at hand here, I can't recommend it too highly. Even to the most devoted and "hardcore" Horror movie collector, STEEL TRAP offers very little in the redeemable department. A few spots here and there raise some eyebrows, but it's nothing to write home about.
First, let's talk about the good. I have to admit, the beginning of the movie was pretty enjoyable. Every single character was such an unlikable jerk, that it made the movie seem like a social commentary on society. However, STEEL TRAP just couldn't continue this type of momentum through the rest of the film. We'll touch on that problem more in a little bit. Another thing I liked (at first) was the execution of the killer. He reminded me of the type of Slasher you might see in a Dario Argento movie. Dressed in all black with a shiny plastic mask and carrying a large meat hook, it seemed as if this movie was going to be pretty enjoyable. At least the killer was anyways.
Now, on with the bad. In short, STEEL TRAP is a rip off of many other Horror movies. This isn't usually a problem for me (a lot of Horror films take notes from one another) but in the case of this movie, it's just a blatant rip off. Period. Even the actors seem to know this as the movie progresses forward, showing through in their acting abilities. The only way to describe it is if you've ever caught someone in a lie. You can just tell they're lying. STEEL TRAP is just one big, stupid lie! The over all movie is like a weird mix up of SAW, DIE HARD and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. The comparisons to the SAW series are the most obvious, being the fact that we're given a large group of people who have to meet their horrible demise at the hands of another calling the shots.
The fact this movie rips off the SAW series in such an unforgiving manner makes it all the worse. This movie doesn't even have the decency to at least try and be a little bit different. It's just in your face, dumb and cheap. STEEL TRAP is trying to be something that it's not and it fails horribly. Say what you like about the SAW series (a lot of people seem to dislike them because of the high sequel count), but at least they're enjoyable in their own way. STEEL TRAP acts like it's audience is too ignorant to read between the lines, and we'll accept this rehashed rip off without a second thought. Well, I won't stand for it.
It's the main reason I made this review in the first place. I just want to let people know what they're getting themselves into before watching this piece of garbage.
Also, would it have killed the director to at least use an interesting camera lens here? Giving the movie a more "grainy" look might have bumped up STEEL TRAP to at least three stars! I'm sick and tired of directors not using colorful camera lenses for whatever reason! Trust me guys, it makes a world of difference.
Back to the subject of the dialogue in STEEL TRAP. Like I said before, things started out enjoyable enough. Each character seemed to be more unlikeable than the next. So much so that I thought it was the directors intention. Nope! This turns out to be only at the beginning of the film because after about 30 minutes into it, the actors seem to lose momentum quick. The rest of the movie is seemingly just a bunch of scenes spliced together by the director, in order to make a coherent film. Some of the dialogue is so bad, one gets the impression that the actors must have gotten the movie script that very day! Other scenes are decently well acted enough that it makes you wonder what happened!?! STEEL TRAP is just a mess, plain and simple.
The movie here is nothing more and nothing less than an average film. It's barely a step above one of those horrible Sci-Fi Channel exclusive, "made for TV movies." The one thing I can give this movie credit for is the lack of CGI, but maybe that's only because they couldn't afford it in the movie budget. STEEL TRAP has very little going for it. Some of the death scenes are okay, the first one being the best. I also enjoyed some of the set designs and death traps. The idea of adding spiked, razor sharp needles in the elevator doors was a good one. Also, the camera work is at least competent, which is why it gets two stars. Outside of that, this is bottom of the barrel stuff here.
This movie might have been a little better if the director toned down the SAW vibe (sorry buddy, it just didn't work here) and eliminated most of the awful dialogue. Instead, the plot should have been given more mystery and suspense. The apartment building should have been given more traps (like the elevator teeth) and the killer should have slaughtered more victims.
Gore Hounds, avoid this mess unless you're truly devoted to the Horror scene like I am. Everybody else, stay away from STEEL TRAP like it has the plague! It's because of movies like this that the Horror world is seen as cheap and pointless. This is the type of movie that will be forgotten over the years. Who knows? Maybe it will get better with old age but I kinda' doubt it.
I've said my bit. Over and out."