Five strangers struggle when a madman imprisons them in an underground dungeon in this nail-biting horror.Five strangers struggle when a madman imprisons them in an underground dungeon in this nail-biting horror.Five strangers struggle when a madman imprisons them in an underground dungeon in this nail-biting horror.
A "Strangers in Captivity" plot. This time, a psycho-ginger with a discerning taste for fine white wine, who sits in his nice study full of books while watching monitors of his captives slowly starving in an underground prison. He says nothing, because in these types of movies, the psycho always just observes...after all he's a psychologist who's "doing really important work." His motive? Don't worry about it.
You get the same limited background on the captives...there's always some connection. They each have some expositional dialog. Here, I think, they all committed manslaughter and - this is key - no one will miss them. Loner bad guys and gals.
Then it's the predictable breakdown of social order, bickering, fighting and then on to the part anyone even bothered to sign up for this junk...some good old-fashioned cannibalism.
Check out psycho's Oscar worthy performance when Final Girl informs him via camera "she's done playing his game!" His squinting, finger biting, beard rubbing and finally...the untucking of his dress shirt really illustrates his anger that his experiment isn't going as planned. Then he falls for the oldest trick in the book...the ol' "Final Girl Playing Possum" rouse. Big dummy.
This is a dumb movie...but I do like dumb horror done right and for the most part...this is worth a watch for genre fans.
- May 26, 2021