Fox Trap Delivered On Tension, Gore, Plus Much More

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Director: Jamie Weston

Writer: Scott Jeffrey

Release date: September 10th, 2018

Release format: Not Stated

MPAA Rating: 18

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 97 mins

Social Networking: Facebook

Synopsis:

After a terrible accident leaves a young girl disabled, five years later, the group responsible are invited to a remote manor house in the countryside for a class reunion. Little do they know, they are being targeted by a masked maniac hell-bent on revenge.

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Impressions

Conflicted is the word that comes to mind when talking about James Weston’s horror debut Fox Trap. Filmed and completed in 20 days, Fox Trap is an updated version of 90’s sorority slasher flicks such as Wes Craven’s Scream. Now, I know what you’re thinking; bitchy slasher flicks are so two decades ago and yes I completely agree, after the amount of teenage final girl movies that inundated us in the 90’s it’s safe to say that I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to sink my teeth into this one. But, because I believe in fairness I gave the film a chance and the outcome may just surprise you.

The first thing that I noted was that the writer of this production is none other than Scott Jeffery (Mother Krampus aka 12 Deaths of Christmas) so that peaked my attention. At first glance, Fox Trap just seemed like the same old done to death teen revenge movie and I suppose it is which, in all honesty, let me down as I was expecting something new and fresh, something to revitalize the staple genre.

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Becky Fletcher as “FRANKIE” in FOX TRAP

Unfortunately for Fox Trap, I wouldn’t say it runs for competition with the likes of I Know What You Did Last Summer but it does hold its own and for that earns its place in the slasher genre. For an indie horror movie, Fox Trap did remarkably well, at least in my opinion but first let me flesh out the negatives.

The plot. Oh boy did I find it a bit of a drag. Now I’m not saying by any means that the plot was god awful because it definitely wasn’t. I just found it to be a little mundane and slow. It took a long time for the action to commence and I am well aware that horror films often establish atmosphere before the reveal but unfortunately I just don’t think Fox Trap turned out as well as the potential it had.

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Klariza Clayton in Fox Trap (2016)

I found myself a little bored throughout the beginning of the movie and even towards the end of the film I also started to lose concentration. The reveal was also very predictable at least for me as a viewer anyway. I have witnessed enough teen horror movies to know that everyone is a suspect so I wasn’t gasping in shock at the reveal of the killer.

The slow plot is actually all that I disliked about the film. The rest of Fox Trap was bearable to watch and though not a masterpiece by any means it delivered on tension, gore and much more.

The film features the talents of Becca Hirani who plays main girl Frankie, Kate Lister as Connie, Julia Eringer as Dina, Klariza Clayton as Emma and Therica Wilson-Read as Anna. All women delivered an outstanding performance, all the characters had strong well-developed personalities and characteristics.

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Alex Sawyer and Julia Eringer in Fox Trap (2016)

Again I was very impressed with the production quality of Fox Trap the camera was smooth throughout. The chosen locations were beautiful and the magnificent grandiosity of the featured house only made me want to go and visit there simply because it looked absolutely beautiful and of course I am a fiend for architecture!

All in all Fox Trap is an OK watch. I neither liked nor disliked it which doesn’t happen very often when reviewing indie horror films. I say give it a chance. At least give it a watch before you make any assumptions. As far as 90’s flicks go this is definitely in with the cool girls, it’s Wednesday and Fox Trap is wearing pink.

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Scott Chambers in Fox Trap (2016)
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