TRIGGERED (2020) Reviews and overview

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[Total: 74   Average: 3.2/5]

‘Friends with some time to kill’

Triggered is a 2020 South African horror feature film about nine friends, all harbouring a dark secret, who go camping in the woods. After a wild night of partying, they wake up with suicide bombs strapped to their chests, all with varying times on their countdown clocks. They decide to work out how to disarm the bombs or find help – until they discover they can ‘take’ one another’s time by killing each other…

Directed and edited by Alastair Orr (The House on Willow Street; The Unforgiving; Expiration; Indigenous) from a screenplay written by David D. Jones, the Polanomode Media-The First Order production stars Reine Swart, Sean Cameron Michael, Liesl Ahlers and Suraya Rose Santos.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Smart, funny and at times brutal body-count flick that makes the most of its premise. Good playing by an unfamiliar cast helps, as does controlled direction and lighting, and excellent backwoods location work.” 255 Review

“The premise of the film is brilliant and I can see what the film-makers were trying to do. Unfortunately, it’s let down by sloppy dialogue, an overly convoluted plot and a cast of characters you simply don’t care about.” Entertainment Focus

Triggered actually aspires to do more than meet the basic requirements of its knowingly trashy premise. While the final twist might prove a tad too ridiculous for some, it still doesn’t really linger far outside the movie’s established tonal wheelhouse. Marvel as annoying youngsters get slaughtered en masse in this well-acted, hilariously self-aware millennial riff on Battle Royale.” Flickering Myth

” …great fun. The script from David D. Jones is good, the mystery behind what is going on is well done, the script is full of terrific, funny lines, character development is good, there was a lot to like. It helps that the cast are terrific.” The Grump of Horror

” …both an exciting film and a potentially suitable candidate for a franchise. Like The Purge before it, Triggered forces viewers to think about whether or not they’d embrace a survivalist instinct and get their hands bloody. If it’s well-marketed, I think think this one may get talked about in future.” Horror Cult Films

“This is a full-throttle, yet smartly navigated exercise in chaos and panic – a teen-angst-driven, killing-spree-in-the-woods rampage that’s consistently smirk-inducing in its self-referentiality and a genuine laugh-out-loud one-liner wonder, but also straight-faced and suspenseful enough to keep you on tenterhooks until its rewarding climax.” Horror DNA

” …Triggered is a really solid entry into the Battle Royale genre of films that offers you precisely what you want when going into a film that promises to strap bombs to teenagers, the gore is great, the story is passable and most of the characters are annoying enough that you don’t mind seeing them blow up!” The Horrorcist

“Director Alastair Orr manages to wring maximum tension, suspense and (thanks to some truly funny culturally aware dialogue) laughs out of this plotline, ably assisted by actors who provide colour and character to what was doubtless just sketched out on paper. Triggered feels like Battle Royale crossed with a Friday the 13th film and that’s no bad thing.” House of Mortal Cinema

“David D. Jones’ script is constructed as well as the suicide vests, and Orr’s direction is nicely pacey – this doesn’t need extraneous flashbacks, and sticks entirely to the woods and these characters in their extreme peril.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Blending Battle Royale with retro gamer logic Triggered is packed with people running, yelling, panicking and beating the living crap out of each other making it the perfect late-night movie that is sure to please horror fans looking for a blood-splattered joy ride rather than an intellectual thought piece.” Love Horror

” …Triggered is deliciously fun, the nastiness of the characters inspiring both salty dialogue and crowd-pleasing deaths. Some ill-judged bi-phobic slurs aside, the tone here is joyful as unlikeable villains meet untimely ends, whilst deft performance work from Reine Swart and Cameron Scott manages to hit surprising resonance in amongst the carnage.” Moving Pictures Film Club

” …the rug pull here is well-timed and as bonkers as the badass butchery before it and as such does not discompose the viewer. Triggered is a deliciously bitter and bloody kill fest. Infused with talent, care and enthusiasm it is also a highly entertaining midnight flick that does exactly what it says on the high concept can.” The People’s Movies

Triggered is a low-budget production, filmed in just over a couple of weeks, but it flows together so well that you’d hardly know this. It is over the top without being cheesy or ridiculous, unpredictable without being illogical.” Pop Times

Triggered offers a deeply cynical, Darwinian portrait of human nature in extremis – and no matter how close these characters come to their mortality, the formative trauma of their school days is never far behind.” VODzilla

Release:

Triggered will be released in the USA by Samuel Goldwyn Films on Digital and VOD platforms on November 6th 2020.

Cast and characters:

Reine Swart … Rian
Sean Cameron Michael … Peterson
Liesl Ahlers … Erin
Suraya Rose Santos … Shea (as Suraya Santos)
Craig Urbani … Miller
Steven John Ward … Ezra
Cameron Scott … PJ (as Cameron R. Scott)
Russell Crous … Kato
Kayla Privett … Cici
Paige Bonnin … Amber
Michael Lawrence Potter … Bobby (as Michael Potter)

Notes:

Not to be confused with Chris Moore’s 2018 film of the same name.

  

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