Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Trapped (1989) (TV)

Directed by:
Fred Walton

Solid, made-for-cable thriller features Kathleen Quinlan as a businesswomen who becomes trapped in her closed and locked down for the night high rise with a psychotic maniac. A new computer security system adds to her problems, making it nearly impossible to escape the building. Despite the obvious premise and lack of plot complication, Quinlan is very good and director Walton's execution is tense and suspenseful, he makes excellent use of the location and manages several great edge-of-your-seat moments, elevating this above most other similar films. Also with Bruce Abbott (RE-ANIMATOR), Katy Boyer and Ben Loggins. MCA/Universal released it on VHS, but there's no DVD as of this writing. Should be, though.



spookyx3 said...

the deja-vu is set to continue well into this year; must've seen this when it was new. TRAPPED is a couple of set-pieces away from being something _really_ special. it could have had an OK theatrical run as is, i think. looks like fred walton finished out his career stuck in TV. his '88 remake of I SAW WHAT YOU DID isn't much, except it has shawnee smith and a coupla carradines.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

This is another I need to re-watch sometime. Ditto for I Saw What You Did.

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