Sunday, April 6, 2014

Torture Chamber (2013)

A family struggles to end the evil reign of their youngest son, Jimmy, who they believe to be possessed by the devil, but is Jimmy's condition a result of his oppressive religious upbringing, or something far more sinister? Cult director Dante Tomaselli returns with another ambitious and highly original approach to hallucinatory horror in TORTURE CHAMBER, his fourth and most recent film. As always, Tomaselli instills a personal approach to the writing and directing of this low-budget shocker, drawing once more from a deeply-religious background that seems to condemn the dogmatic practices of the Catholic church. We are the ones that are left to decide whether Jimmy's twisted appearance and demonic powers are a result of nature or nurture, or whether the events portrayed in the film are even real to begin with. Jimmy's fiery vengeance can just as easily be an expression of his inner anguish and psychological turmoil as it could be an outward expression of true horror. Tomaselli sets the mood with a stellar score, which draws us deep into the bowels of hell portrayed on screen. For all of its strengths, however, TORTURE CHAMBER may prove to be too challenging for most audiences. It is laid out through a series of flashbacks and hallucinations which defy linear structure. The result is a living, breathing nightmare that conforms solely to the director's unique vision of horror. Those fringe film fans that are seeking a breakaway from the standard conventions of the genre will find TORTURE CHAMBER to be a refreshing release.

Rating: 6/10.

Movies like TORTURE CHAMBER:
PURIFICATION, HORROR, THE ANTICHRIST, THE MANSON FAMILY.

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4 comments:

  1. The phrase "Devil" always turns me off in a horror movie description. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's very scary to Christians, but to me good vs. evil isn't something I relate to. I relate to a world where there are no absolutes, and good and evil are murky concepts. That's alot scarier to me.

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  2. hi- this isn't spam. curious: what happened to your site and updating?

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  3. What's going on, Randy! Just life, man. Things have changed significantly for me over the years. I went through a divorce in May of last year, so I've picked up more hours at work to cover expenses and to continue supporting the kids. I get the kids several days a week, and love spending time with them, but it obviously takes a toll on movie time, and the new girl friend doesn't enjoy Horror movies in the least. I've also been reading more and trying to stay fit. Got in TONS of comic reading the past year, caught up on all the recent crossover events in Marvel and finally read the full X-men continuity up to the 90s. Just a change in priorities, but no less love for the genre. ILHM was a ton of work to maintain, and I always pressed invisible deadlines on myself for an invisible audience. I consider it to be one of my greatest accomplishments, and I am really proud of the work on here. It sums up 5 years of writing for me, and it was worth all of the effort if it ever helps anyone to find a new film that they end up loving as much as I did. Everything is still backlogged and live on the site, and who knows, with more time on my hands, I might pick up the ball again and run with it. Thanks for checking in with us, and for all of the years of reading!

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