Title: Steel Trap (2007)

Starring Georgia Mackenzie, Mark Wilson, Pascal Langdale, Julia Ballard, Joanna Bobin, Annabelle Wallis, Adam Rayner and Frank Maier

Produced by Abnormal Pictures and K5 Film

Written by Luis Camara and Gabrielle Galanter

Directed by Luis Camara

Score: Technical: 80, Story: 50, Acting: 80, Overall Score: 70

Steel Trap DVD Review

I always get excited when free DVDs come to my house for work. I was even MORE excited to see another Dimension Extreme film at my finger tips, so I knew it was going to be good. However, Dimension Extreme has officially put out its first bad horror movie.

A bunch of strangers go to a New Year’s Eve Party. Kathy (Georgia Mackenzie) is a celebrity chef, her manager, Pamela (Joanna Bobin) also attends, along with Wade (Mark Wilson), a former child star turned rocker, couple Robert (Pascal Langdale) and Nicole (Julia Ballard) and “pig” Adam (Adam Rayner) and his date Melanie (Annabelle Wallis). In the middle of the party, they all get a text message saying there’s another party a few flights down, but once they’re there, they realize it’s no party. People die and skulls are cracked according to what nickname they’re given. The only way to “win” is to follow the rhymes the killer leaves at each scene.

Let me just spoil it for you now…the chef is a bitter ex-fatty who kills all these people out of revenge. In fact, had this movie been called Recipe for Revenge versus Steel Trap (which makes no sense), I may have liked it better. Okay, I’m lying, I still would’ve hated it, but at least then the title would have fit.

In fact, this point brings up one of the biggest pet peeves I had about this movie…if some of these people were from her past…wouldn’t they all know each other? The movie has a lot of plot holes, to say the very least.

To its credit, there were times when I thought this MIGHT be able to be a good horror movie. The acting isn’t bad and there are some creative writing spots here and there, but overall, this movie is crap. In fact, it’s one of the worst attempts at making a new horror film I’ve seen since Cloverfield. I was bored almost the entire time, and towards the end, I was rooting for the killer, which is something I rarely do…unless 80s horror is involved.

I wouldn’t really recommend this to anyone. If you want to see a mesh between Saw and The Lift…just rent those two. Skip this one.

By Tessa Petrocco

Tessa Petrocco is a freelance graphic designer and media professional. She graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University in 2007, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media Production. She moved to New York City that same year, where she worked as the Editorial Assistant and Content Coordinator for a popular film review website. Tessa enjoys spending time with her dog and boyfriend, knitting, volunteering and being a one-woman film reviewer.

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