Sweatshop is a 2009 slasher film co-written, fx, edited, shot, produced, directed by visual fx artist Stacy Davidson (Domain of the Damned, 100 Tears, The Theatre Bizarre , & Psychic Experiment). It was co-written & produced by Ted Geoghegan (Satanic Panic, Mohawk, We Are Still Here, & Barricade). It was produced by Mel House (100 Tears, Bad Apples, West of Hell, Psychic Experiment, & Fade to Black). Charlie (played by: makeup supervisor Ashley Kay from Domain of the Damned) with some of her friends which includes Lolli (played by: Krystal Freeman from Domain of the Damned), Kim (played by: Danielle Jones from Pickaxe, Jacob, Closet Space, & Imago), Miko (played by: Julin from Spirit Camp, Cherry Bomb, Knucklebones, & Boggy Creek), Jade (played by: Melanie Donihoo from Placeholders, Drawing Blood, Psychic Experiment, & Sway), Wade (played by: Brent Himes from Mr. Hell & Domain of the Damned), Scottyboy (played by: Peyton Wetzel from Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen, The Flesh Keeper, The Devil’s Gravestone, & Cleaner), & Enyx (played by: Naika Malveaux from Domain of the Damned) plus others who break into an abandoned warehouse. They decide to have some fun & set up their own impromptu party but they are not alone here. Unknown to them, something lurks in this dark place fueled by unstoppable rage & he has a lust for gruesome murder. The monstrous & evil Beast (played by: horror director Jeremy Sumrall from Possum Walk & Pickaxe) is about to join the party where no one comes back alive. Charlie & her companions chose the wrong building this time. They’re about to pay for it & meet the brutal hammer from hell!!!!
Sweatshop really surprised me because I wasn’t much from it to be honest but I ended up being very impressed by it. The script was just alright when it came to dialogue but it knew what it had to do with this type of feature. Same goes for the acting here, most of it was either over the top or nothing special but it had a few interesting characters. This independent slasher delivers when it comes to sleaze, gore, & entertaining kills. The special fx were great especially for being a low budget film, they used their money on the right department here for the production because that’s what you want from this sub-genre. Jeremy Sumrall was great as The Beast & I really enjoyed the look of the villain in this. The gigantic hammer of death was an awesome choice of weapon when it came to the deaths in this. It had cameos from horror regulars like Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End) & Michael Gingold (The Toxic Avenger 2/3). The finale was brutal & it definitely increased the body count for this slasher. I enjoyed the ending for Sweatshop & how they set it up for possible sequels, I’d love to see a follow up to this someday. Turn off your brain off for a little bit & just enjoy the bloody experience of Sweatshop. If you are looking for something gory & fun, this comes RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation for FilmRise & Screen Media! This 1080p (1.78:1) uncut transfer looks very solid for being such a low budget production. They were smart by using one main location so they could use more of that money towards the special fx which is true highlight here. They knew what the audience wanted with this production. The English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is good & it has it’s moments at certain spots. It really shines during the kills & when the music is heavily featured. All of the dialogue is very clean, the music has a nice boost to it, & the chaos is elevated here. It has English SDH subtitles. Unfortunately, this home video release has no extras on it. This is a made on demand release so yes it’s a BD-R but it’s a real nice one. It’s available almost everywhere online including MovieZyng.com!
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