Torment (2013)

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Torment: Directed by Jordan Barker. With Katharine Isabelle, Robin Dunne, Peter DaCunha, Stephen McHattie. Two parents find themselves fighting to get their little boy back from a sadistic cult, who have stolen him and plan on dark ideas.

“Torment is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the dullest films I have ever seen, and I have seen some rubbish in my time.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe plot follows a young family as they go on holiday to their house in the middle of the woods and then get tormented by some creepy rednecks. Not the most original plot ever devised, but that is the least of this filmu0026#39;s problems.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe most egregious problem is that, for a horror film, it completely fails to be scary in any shape or form (which is kind of missing the point somewhat). But there is more, aside from the usual obvious flaws in logic that befalls poorly made horror films. It is a Herculean task to find anything likable in most of the main characters; the person playing Cory has little to no charisma, and the child is some spoilt a*****e. There is no rhyme or reason for the creepy rednecks torturing the yuppie heroes, apart from just being mentally ill, and any attempt to give them some kind of motive makes no sense. The ending is rather stupid, and one can easily see it coming. I could write a better plot than the people who wrote this abomination. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere is one reason why I am giving this film 2 stars rather than a rock bottom 1 star, and that is Katharine Isabelle. She is the only decent actor in this mess, but even so, she is still nothing spectacular (to be fair though, it would be impossible for Marlon Brando, Peter Ou0026#39;Toole or Laurence Olivier to look good in Torment). There was another thing I found rather worrying about Isabelleu0026#39;s performance. I do think that she is talented; films like Ginger Snaps and American Mary clearly show this. However, she does seem to be wasting her time and efforts starring in rubbish like this. Katharine Isabelle is in serious danger of having a career similar to Nicolas Cage, in that for every one great film you have about 5 or 6 god- awful ones.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAll in all, Torment is a terrible horror film that is conspicuously lacking in horror, and I suggest that you stay away from this like the plague.”


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