Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A group of egotistic strangers receives an invitation to a very special New Years Eve party filled with riddles, pigís head, and murder.
Is it good movie?
Steel Trap is the latest Dimension Extreme release to suck. Yes, Iíve sat through a number of films from this line and I canít express my disappointment enough. Theyíve been unoriginal, uninteresting, and unwatchable, a real triple U. Most of them show hints at potential with the occasional great horrid death and a captivating villain, but itís too spotty to say itís good. Steel Trap supports the company line, ripping off both Saw and Clue; however, thereís no Jigsaw here and whereís Col. Mustard when you need him. The killer here resembles one of the Blue Man Group if someone switched his paint to black. Heís emotionless wearing a dull mask and offers no intimidation beyond him being nothing more than a dude in tight clothes with a hay bail hook. His prey are all narcissistic partygoers who canít wait to jump to a new party, an exclusive event with limited invitation. After all, they are all media members. And we know how they are. The characters seem stock: a jerk, a liar, a slut, a cokehead, a low-rent rock star, a TV cook. Moments appear where it seems they create some depth, but theyíre all so shallow theyíre nearly transparent. Whatís worse is the dialog: ďMaybe we should just kill ourselves and beat him to the punch.Ē Actually, maybe whatís worse comes from the nursery-rhythm clues that lead the guests to believe theyíre on some sort of treasure hunt. By the third clue, youíll be sick of hearing someone read the clue aloud with the interest of a blind man watching muted porno. At least act scared.
Being an Extreme movie, Steel Trap does deliver on the gore at times. Thereís a hanging, a gutting, an axe split, a busted head, and a heart removal. But really, director Luis Camara avoids showing anything too graphic. Granted, blood gets splattered and some scenes look painful, but itís not shocking. Itís all too obvious and predictable. Case in point the murderer, the man in black; heís shown stalking in the background, waiting to strike as one of his future victims wanders around looking for clues. Instead of a surprise, or building anticipation for the murder to occur, he gets them without much trouble or interest. Whatís the fun in that? If youíre going to mimic Clue and Saw, at least steal some of their memorable characters. And splatter that blood.
Video / Audio
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Commentary: Director Luis Camara does a good job of explaining the process behind Steel Trap, nearly making the movie sound good. Thatís a nearly there.
The Making of Steel Trap: A 40 minute doc that goes through all the aspects of the movie, from the sets, to the special effects, to the writing, to the pigís head. The most surprising fact came from this being a German movie with English actors. I didn't know. This is a great look at the process of a low-budget, slick looking movie.
With this being a German flick, I guess I canít rip into the American horror scene for not coming up with anything original. Itís Euros recycling American films and passing it off as American. Do your self a favor. Revisit Saw and rent a VHS of Clue for a good time.