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Still amazing to see, after so many years, how the "Saw" franchise has changed and influenced the genre. Yes, you could call this another, cheap, "Saw" ripoff but in all honesty, it's simply a good genre movie, that still manages to be original on its own as well.

There are a couple of things that are still keeping this movie down but overall I liked this movie more than I didn't.

Good thing about the movie is that it's for most part set in just one room but yet the movie never becomes a slow or boring one, or one that ever starts to repeat itself. There are plenty of developments and other interesting story aspects that help to keep the movie going.

And the main concept of the movie is a pretty good and interesting one as well. It's not really a movie to take serious, so you also more or less forgive it for some of its inconsistencies and flaws, in regard to the story. I mean, when you start analyzing the story, it's totally ridicules and doesn't always make a lot of sense but this luckily really isn't the type of movie that takes itself too seriously.

But at the same time, this also goes at the expense of the movie its tension and other horror elements. This is not the type of horror/thriller that shall ever scare you, or puts you on the edge of your seat and makes you want to bite your nails. The movie draws most of its horror from its gore, which got done by Tom Savini, among others, which is always good news for any horror fan out there. He also has a small part in the movie and still manages to look as young as ever. Makes you wonder it he isn't using any makeup effects on himself, to constantly keep looking the same throughout the decades. And yes, the gore in the movie looks pretty good and adds to the fun but at the same time, it doesn't ever work out as anything effective really.

Despite all of the gore, this movie most likely won't gross you out or make you cringe. You just don't ever 'feel' it when someone's head or another head limb gets cut off. I mostly blame the actors this.

Nicholas Hope is fine as the movie its psychopathic and sadistic villain but everybody else in this movie is giving a very mediocre performance. They never seem to be in fear, even though their lives are in very clear danger and they just don't ever react convincingly enough to some of the gruesome and extreme situations. It takes so much away from the movie its tension and gory moments and it's the main thing that's keeping this movie down and is preventing it from ever becoming a true must-see for the horror lovers out there.

Other than that, I truly had a good time with this movie and never felt bored with it, not even during the more formulaic and predictable moments. The movie still has plenty of originally to its story and interesting good ideas in it, that didn't always got handled equally well but overall still make this a perfectly watchable, little, genre movie, from Australia.

6/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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