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Trapped Alive (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 23 December 1988 (USA)
A sheriff's deputy, some escaped prisoners and two young girls find themselves trapped in a mine shaft where a cannibalistic mutant is hunting them for food.

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Prison Guard
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John Adams
Sullivan Hester ...
Robin Adams
Laura Kallison ...
Monica Perry
Mark Witsken ...
Randy Carter
Michael Nash ...
Mongo
Alex Kubik ...
Louis 'Face' Napoleon
Elizabeth Kent ...
Rachel
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Billy Williams (as Randolph Powell)
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The Monster - Rachel's Father
Randy Baenen ...
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Michael Pierce ...
Assistant Monster
Christopher Webster ...
Assistant Monster
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A sheriff's deputy, some escaped prisoners and two young girls find themselves trapped in a mine shaft where a cannibalistic mutant is hunting them for food.

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Cheesy, low budget nonsense
3 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It's fair to say that a lot of dross was made in the 1980s and TRAPPED ALIVE (aka TRAPPED) is a good example of this. It's a cheesy, low budget piece of nonsense that attempts to combine the thriller and horror genres but does neither successfully. The plot is the most interesting thing in it but even that's mishandled, leaving this a near unwatchable viewing experience.

The film sat on the shelf for five years before release which gives you some idea of the quality. The story sees some violent criminals bust out of prison and take some young people hostage. The local police department are in hot pursuit, but all of the characters end up being trapped in an abandoned mine where they're pursued by a cannibalistic killer.

It's predictable stuff indeed and feels so slapdash that it's impossible to enjoy. The early scene-staging stuff is quite dull but when the action shifts to the mine things get really dark (visually) so you can't figure out what's happening. There's some gloopy gore here and a lot of bad acting from the cast, including Cameron Mitchell in one of his '80s-era anything-goes B-movies. The killer is a visual disappointment looking just like an old man and there's no bang here, just fizz.


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