Monday, February 20, 2012

(Sledge)Hammer Time!!: Sweatshop (2009)

Sweatshop (2009)
rating: **1/2
starring:  Ashley Kay, Peyton Wetzel and Brent Himes

What can you do with a hulking mountain man, an anvil, three rabid women and an abandoned sweatshop? An hour of waiting and thirty minutes of satisfaction.

we like zu parteh. ALL. NIGHT. LONG!
As always, we got a fun-hungry group of punk goths who opens an abandoned factory for an impromptu party with disco balls, life time supplies of glow sticks and the whole barrage of ravers coming later that night. While these group prepares for their big gig, they go along past enemies, forgotten break-ups and everything in between, unknowing that they'll be hunted down one by one by a hulking man in a mask simply known as "The Beast" as he wields his "sledge-anvil" and orders a trio of zombie-like demon girls, making sure no one escapes his domain.

But don't over think it. this might happen.
In terms of production, Sweatshop is surprisingly decent looking thanks to some good lighting, awesome camera work and tons of bloody-good practical effects were the film's strongest points, clashing against some the flaws including a bare bone pacing that felt like forever.

As dialogue upon dialogue flooded the running time with barely any character to root for,we simply have a rave promoter and his buds talk, fix, make-out, and repeat for almost an hour (or at least, it felt like an hour) before it finally happens and The Beast makes his presence finally known.

My post needs boobs. This'll do!
This is when the film really got its kicks and as a gore hound and a slasher fan, I am glad that all that wait was worth it; to put it simply, the film boasts the best gore shots as the casts get smashed off in the finest display of practical effects, merciless brutality and untamed gore from bodies split in half to heads being decapitated by the mouths.

But then, this nothing compared to what the movie had in stored as a finale: ever seen the movie The Tripper? or at least the rave scene from Freddy vs Jason? Well Sweatshop took a swing at an entire crowd of partying guests, with The Beast killing them off, teen by teen, smashed with that sledge-anvil, in one bloody mayhem!
Bava, here's your nod!
With its pacing problem, uninteresting characters and even zero logic, Sweatshop is not entirely for every horror fans out there. Only the purest of the blood-soaked pure would appreciate the finale after an hour ho-humming the film's weak excuse of a story and come in terms to what this movie is willing to provide, even taking the time to do a few nods to films like The Burning, a little bit of Demons (1985) and even the Friday the 13th films. In the end, Sweatshop was a fair shot at the genre; nothing new but a good curveball that had its moments of redemption.

1 female accidentally shot to death
1 female disemboweled, lower jaw ripped off
1 male decapitated by the mouth with sledge-anvil
1 female had her head purred with sledge-anvil
1 female crushed and bent in half with sledge-anvil
1 female had her legs crushed off with sledge-anvil, later gets her head crushed on the floor
1 male gets garden shears to the neck, decapitated
1 male skewered on the sides with pole
1 female gets a glowstick to the eye
1 male split down the middle with machete
1 female gets a machete to the mouth
1 male crushed with sledge-anvil
1 female crushed with sledge-anvil
1 male crushed with sledge-anvil
1 male head crushed off with sledge-anvil
1 male crushed with sledge-anvil
1 male crushed with sledge-anvil
1 female hit on the face with sledge-anvil
1 female had her face crushed with sledge-anvil
1 female crushed with sledge-anvil
1 male had his head crushed with sledge-anvil
a number of partygoers were killed offcamera during rave massacre
1 male castrated with box-cutter, left for dead.
total: 22+


  1. That high a body count, but mostly boring in the first hour, eh? That's about a body a minute for the last 30 minutes then!

    1. no it's more like...14 in the last two minutes...so that's...a kill in every four minutes. starting from the 40 minute hour and blabbity-blah-blah torture scene some where in the middle...

  2. crap movie. I enjoyed the kills and some of the settings, but the rest just sucked. Boring as hell, bad acting, annoying characters - not my cup of coffee.

    1. ahahaha! XD I never figured anybody would like it in the first place, so it's not so shocking you didn't like it!

  3. The first big kill is like 30 minutes in, and it stays pretty bloody after that. I think people are just spoiled by the new movies that are just killing all the way through. Weren't almost all the kills in Friday the 13th during the last 20 minutes of the movie?

    1. Maybe it's the talking that make it felt like an hour, but yes, it's gruesomely awesome when the kills get going.

      And yes, the F13th kills were in the last 20 minutes of the film.