Midlands Review - Trapped
By midlandsmovies, Apr 5 2018 08:51PM
Trapped (2017) Dir. Thomas Longstaff
Finding the laughs amongst the darkness, local writer-director Thomas Longstaff creates a unique comedy take on a trip to the wilderness in his new film Trapped. The film is a 4 ½ minute short opening on a beanie-clad hiker, taking in the deep breaths of fresh air before he begins to embark on a journey into a forest.
But soon the audience has their breath taken away themselves as the jaunty and bright opening leads us almost instantly into a trap. And this trap being a literal historic bear-trap that ensnares our protagonist with a rusty metal grip around his leg.
Screaming in pain and begging for help, the audience feel every sharp twist as the lead winces and whines as the awfulness of his predicament slowly dawns.
Graeme Brooks plays the unlucky captured man and provides a fun performance of overdramatic shrieks. And despite the character’s best efforts he is unable to loosen himself from its tortured grip.
The tension is sliced with comedic cuts as we see our ‘hero’ indulge in some crisp munching before he resigns himself to his fate as night draws in. With the symbolic breaking of a chocolate bar, we quickly realise that the man is going to go full ‘127 Hours’ on us.
Here the filmmakers pull no punches (or should that be kicks). Some gruesome blood effects swiftly move this short from humour to horror. Kudos too should go to sound designer Edward Towers whose bloody squelches and bony crunches are an aural enjoyment. But be prepared if you’re not a fan of wounds and gore.
With a wicked sting in the tale, Trapped is an amusing short that relishes in the tongue-in-cheek (foot-in-trap?) nature of the comedy-horror genre. With great technical aspects and some truly nasty effects, Trapped could have you chuckling or chucking up depending on your disposition.
My advice though?
Go get caught up in Trapped. You won’t walk out. Cos you’ll love it too much, baby.
Midlands Movies Mike
As a bonus, we have the full short for you to watch below: