Snare, The (2017)

Starring Eaoifa Forward, Dan Paton, Rachel Warren

Directed by C.A. Cooper


Directed by C.A. Cooper, The Snare is one of those pics that uses a relatively small expanse in which to flex its muscles – in this case, it’s a sense of entrapment, and eventually an overtaking by something malevolent. While the journey does take a while to bisect, the eventual haven at the end is fairly affecting.

The movie centers around a trio of friends: Alice (Forward), Lizzy (Warren) and Carl (Paton) for a little getaway inside of a partially furnished apartment that’s waiting to be sold by Lizzy’s father, who is a real estate agent. Unbeknownst to him, his darling little daughter and her duo of doleful pals have holed up in the flat in the hopes of riding out the weekend in a partying blitz. When they awake the next morning, it appears that their little secluded safe-space of revelry has inexplicably become locked down – all escapes and possible exit-routes shut off…and now do we wish someone would have sprung for a hotel room, ya cheap bastards? In any event, the three now find themselves in a heap of trouble (did I mention NO cell-service as well), and dissension becomes a detectable entity, but that’s not the only issue sharing space with the three.

Cooper takes the overwhelming fear of containment, piles on top a heaping dose of paranoia, and mixes the concoction with a triumvirate of combustible characters that each have their own distinctive deteriorations. Lizzy’s a caged sexual lioness, Carl’s got a wee-bit of a violent streak, and Alice…WHOA, don’t even get me started on this woman’s internal glitches. All added up, and this is one of those instances where cabin fever seems like a mild malady compared to what this trinity’s up against. While the premise is a bit derivative, the notion that impending misery is upon the participants is a fun one (sorry, I’m one that loves this kind of stuff). The main drawback to the film however is the amount of time that gets chewed up in order to get the tension building – I’m all for a good slow-burner, but this took just a bit TOO long on the simmer plate to really get cooking. However, it’s not a damning issue, and the film does have more than a few chilling scenes to combat the lagging tempo, thus making it a film that should be given at least a one-timer to see if you’ll feel the same way. Give it a spin on one of these cold winter nights, and let’s just see where horror will lead us in 2017 – so far, not so bad.

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