Monday, September 19, 2011

Trapped (1982)

Director: William Fruet

Starring: Henry Silva, Nicholas Campbell, Barbara Gordon, Gina Dick, Joy Thompson, Ralph Benmergui, Allan Royal, Sam Malkin

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When You're Cornered Like An Animal It's Kill Or Be Killed

Plot: A group of college students accidentally see a local redneck kill his wife's lover. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse ensues, with the students trying to escape the area while the killer sets out to eliminate the witnesses who can tie him to the murder.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

You know you're in bad shape when you think the end is near and you check the time to discover you're halfway through with 45 minutes to go. That's this film and that sucks because I thought this one would be fun. Once Henry Silva catches the kids it's just a matter of what to do with them until they escape. I would have preferred a backwoods survival horror story where he hunts them down like animals. That would have probably been more compelling. Silva's actually animated more than usual. You're not going to find any fun kills or gore but there is some nudity sprinkled throughout the first half hour (the best third of the picture but not just for that reason). And how much of a tease is this?

That's during the opening credits and then she disappears for the remainder of the film. Sigh. She's not even listed in the credits. Them's the breaks I guess. When you get a scene like that early on you kind of get your hopes up pretty quick that this is going to be a fun grindhouse exploitation picture. Instead it's 95 minutes of, "so that's the direction you chose instead of something more exciting and fun?"

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