Terror Trap starts late one night as squabbling married couple Don(David James Elliott) & Nancy (Heather Marie Marsden) drive through theisolated back-roads of a small Louisiana town called Santa Parish ontheir way to a casino in Marksville, suddenly a car crashes into them &speeds off leaving Don & Nancy stranded in the woods. They call 911 forhelp & Sheriff Cleveland Taylor (Jeff Fahey) arrives, Taylor drives Don& Nancy to a nearby motel, the Royal Vista which is a rundown dump. Don& Nancy are given a room but soon discover that the owners are playinga sick game in which the motel is used to snuff films & the payingguests used as unwilling stars...
Written, produced & directed by Dan Garcia this film could quite easilybe thought as of a cheap low budget remake of Vacancy (2007) as the twoare so similar, from the big city couple checking into a rundown motelin the middle of nowhere to their terrorisation & attempts to kill themby the owners for profit & the eventual turning of the tables by theresourceful city folk. Now I will list what I liked about Terror Trap,firstly I appreciated the fact that it lasted just under 75 minutes,secondly I liked that the main city couple were adults rather than dumbteens & I liked the feisty Nancy who had a lot of personality & gave asgood as she got in some amusing verbal sparring between herself & Don,she almost made this watchable. Almost. You see what I didn't like faroutweighs what I did. Even at only 75 minutes in length Terror Traptakes ages to get going, it's forty odd minutes before the city folkrealise what's going on & the onslaught begins, the body count isreally low & the gore is none existent, the plot mechanics are neveradequately explained, who is in charge of the operation? Why ran Don &Nancy off the road? Are they making snuff films? Is it being streamedacross the internet? How do they make their money? There's about eightpeople who watch monitors of what's going on but surely they wouldn'tmake much from that? What are these people paying for? Do theyparticipate or not? Do they just get to watch? What do the van load ofwomen have to do with anything? Who is Michael Madsen in this exactly?Who is the guy he blow's up at the end? The whole film feelsunfinished, the film feels like a first draft without the finer pointsof the plot fleshed out. The film feels a lot like Vacancy. I alreadysaid that didn't I? Well, it's worth repeating. Basically I liked Nancyas a surprisingly strong & well rounded character but not much else.
Gore fans will be disappointed with Terror Trap, there really is nogore to speak of & the potential was there for some torture scenes butno-one is ever shown being killed apart from a few of the bad guy's atthe end & even then it's just a few bullet wounds rather than memorablegory death's. There's no sex or nudity either. The film looks alright,there's some annoying black and white ultra quick edited supposedlystylised sequences that just irritate as you can't really tell what'sgoing on. As a whole Terror Trap is competent but little else & thelack of gore in a supposed torture pron film such as this isunforgivable, isn't it? There's no tension or scares, the seeminglyrandom attacks on Don & Nancy are pathetic with a few guy's in animalmask's chasing them but making no real attempt to kill them for reasonnever really explained.
With a supposed budget of about $2,000,000 one has to ask where themoney went, it certainly wasn't on special effects & considering thetypes of films they lower themselves to make these days it couldn'thave been on Michael Madsen or Jeff Fahey's fee. Fahey is quite goodhere actually, we never really find that much about him out & MichaelMadsen's character seems almost irrelevant to be honest (I don't evenremember him getting a name) although it's always nice to see a coupleof pro's even if it's in junk like Terror Trap.
Terror Trap (which sounds a lot like Tourist Trap (1979)) is a totalrip-off of Vacancy, the two films could have been made from the samescript with minimal changes. This is far too tame & forgettable to makeany sort of impact, at least it's short & Heather Marie Marsden asNancy gives it her all but when all said & done give this one a miss.
Where do I start with Terror Trap AKA Error Crap. My goodness, thismovie is a utter failure in movie making. I don't mind the everythingthey stole from Vacancy. No sir, that's fine. What I mind, however, wasthe illogical plot line, the amateur hour actors and the lack of anysort of gore. The plot line might be similar to Vacancy but theexecution was much worse.
For those who want to see Michael Madsen, don't. His presence in thismovie is completely useless. In fact, the movie will make more sense ifhe's not in it. It seems they just inserted him in so that they canhave Michael Madsen in the credit.
For those looking for gore, forget about it. This movie has none. It'sbasically as tame as Die Hard. Guys either get killed by guns orknives. And they don't show the killing scene.
A complete and utter failure of movie making, I can't stress thatenough.
Similar to Vacancy but we get a more realistic scenario and a betterhero. This one excludes the glitz Hollywood adds to take you furtherinto believable delusion and depicts a more believable scenario.
The action is good, suspense is good and the acting is good althoughannoying at times. It's a slow ride to the top then comes shootingstraight down nice and fast and then it's over. A good, short rollercoaster feel and an open ending not intended to leave you thinking,"ooo maybe they'll make another".
If you avoid broadcast television, huge idiotic names and 10 dollarticket prices for some brainwashing nonsense that hires actors who areimposed upon us as royalty, you will enjoy this movie.
They should've sold this script as Vacancy 3. A couple who are havingmarital problems are involved in a crash on a deserted highway in themiddle of nowhere. The other driver takes off. Queue the creepy sheriff(Jeff Fahey) who recommends staying at a dodgy motel up the road untilthey can arrange a tow. Queue the creepy guy behind the counter whodon't much like them city folk. Break out the guys in masks, thedisturbance in the room next door, the loud banging, the awfulrealisation that they're being watched and then introduce the sicko'swho are viewing this snuff for their own sick pleasure. The onlydifferences between Terror Trap and Vacancy are the use of a sinistersheriff as opposed to a smiley gas station attendant and the fact thatthe snuff customers are watching a live feed of the mayhem as opposedto buying the video's.
Cue Michael Madsen as the dude in charge. I'm a huge Tarantino fan andtherefore I have oodles of respect for Michael Madsen, but someoneseriously needs to tell that guy to stop playing Mr Blonde in everymovie. Whether he's playing a good guy or bad guy, his persona isalways the same. Although, he was quite different when he played thelovable cat burglar in Heart and Souls. Oh no wait a minute... that wasTom Sizemore.
I've found a new appreciation for Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale'sperformances in Vacancy. I couldn't bring myself to care even slightlyabout the main couple. The woman, Nancy, is the most unlikeable heroinI've seen for a long time. About 10 minutes into the movie I startedpreying for her to get brutally slashed to death, just to shut her up.
The only reason I made it to the end of this film is because it hadn'tbeen reviewed on IMDb yet. That's how bored I was. My review is quitegenerous. Save yourself!