The Seasoning House contains all three of those things, and it was most definitely a tough watch.
Torture Porn is probably our least favorite sub-genre in Horror, mainly because we prefer to have fun with, or get the shit scared out of us by the movies we watch.
Excessive violence, especially that which is more realistic in nature, never really equals "fun" to us. As long as said violence is surrounded by a solid movie that has something else to offer us though, we can live with it. We may flinch a lot, but we can live with it.
|All she ever wanted to do was sit and watch whatever was on TV in whatever Eastern Bloc Country she came from.|
|Friends 'til the end... which is in about 20 minutes from now.|
|Things get messy.|
This one starts off as a grim Horror offering and then segues into a revenge Thriller almost effortlessly, and by the end, we're not only hoping for Angel to be able to survive her ordeal, but we're rooting for her to kill every sick bastard that has it coming to them. This movie may not be for everyone, but those folks that it is geared towards should enjoy its pacing and turn of events.
Be warned though: The Seasoning House is full of scenes involving rape and violence against women, and there will be a lot of people out there who will have a very hard time sitting through them. Proceed with caution.
We have to give serious kudos here to Rosie Day, for having the wherewithal to tackle such a tough role at the age of what, 17? That's some pretty heavy subject matter for a girl so young to not only comprehend, but to convey to an audience in such a convincing manner. She played her role here deftly, making us truly feel her character's plight, and making us believe that the things she was doing were entirely possible. Oh yeah, and she did all of this without uttering one line of dialogue.
|Give her time, she'll be huge.|
|I don't think that I could stab this guy to death, let alone a little girl.|
|He's obviously a real tough guy.|
|Yeah, shit goes down in this one.|
|In a cheesy slasher flick, we'd find her sexy. Not here though.|
|Kill 'em all, baby. Kill 'em all.|
The Seasoning House is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, and as of right now, it's streaming free on Netflix.
The Seasoning House, we need a few pretty, smiling faces to make us feel less traumatized... that first pic makes us immediately feel better about what we just saw.