Steel Trap – Germany, 2007 – reviews

 

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‘Surviving each floor is the name of the game.’

Steel Trap is a 2007 German slasher horror feature film co-written and directed by Luis Cámara (Silencio). 

Seven adventurous partygoers find themselves trapped in a sadistic game of death after accepting an invitation to a mysterious party. It’s New Year’s Eve, and a group of revellers are living it up on the roof of an abandoned skyscraper when five of the guests receive an intriguing text message. According to the sender, there’s an exclusive VIP party happening on the twenty seventh floor, and they’re all invited.

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Once on the floor, however, the five guests and two party crashers quickly realize that they have fallen into a trap. The only way off of this floor is to follow a series of morbid clues left by a murderous psychopath. But who conceived these deadly games, and why have they targeted this specific group?

The movie stars Georgia Mackenzie, Mark Wilson, Pascal Langdale, Julia Ballard, Joanna Bobin, Annabelle Wallis, Adam Rayner, Frank Maier, Svantje Wascher.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The movie leans primarily on the Saw franchise in its layout with the occasional reference to things like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Carrie to spice things up and a twist in the tale that’s trying to be something along the lines of Scream. The problem comes in when it doesn’t deliver on the Saw premise like it was trying to, and the audience is left (more than a little bit) disappointed.” The B-Horror Blog

Steel Trap is the kind of film that substitutes creepy locations for plotting, and the slightest smatterings of gore in place of anything suspenseful or scary. To call it derivative would avoid its obvious attempts at being different, and yet this is nothing more than the standard slice and dice from 20 years ago, dressed up in a decidedly uninteresting set of the emperor’s new clothes.” Pop Matters

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“It’s also badly paced. There are only seven people, and you know it will come down to two of them, giving us a total of five kills. Well three of them occur in the film’s first 45 minutes, so the final 50 is primarily a series of boring arguments between the four survivors, one of which you’ve probably already figured out is the killer and one of which is the obvious last man standing.” Horror Movie a Day

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[Spoiler]: “The killer is one of the group members (as expected). It’s the celebrity chef character and she assembled this group together and is killing them because they were all mean to her years ago when she was fat. That’s right; she was driven to murder and putting together more traps than Saw and The Collector combined because when she was younger she was a big ole fatty.” Anything Horror

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Filming locations:

Cologne, Germany