The Ringmaster, based on “Finale” a best-selling Nordic noir Novel by Steen
Langstrup feels like a hark back to the 1980’s when females in horror films
were only there, after making some idiotic and illogical decisions, to be
brutally murdered. If that’s what tickles you then you’re going to love The
Ringmaster, if it’s not then this gore fest is going to be a long and
pretty unpleasant watch.
Set in 1992, two young woman (Anne Bergfeld and Kim Michelsen) are working
the night shift at a remote gas station when they’re kidnapped and held
hostage by a sadistic ringmaster who brutally tortures them and as he does
so he streams it live across the dark web.
Being a Danish film it’s no surprise that most of the dialogue is in
Danish, the one thing that is surprising is that the ringmaster and his
cohorts all speak in English, I’m presuming that this is done to give the
impression that the ringmasters audience is global, but it only really
makes things confusing.
The Ringmaster doesn’t have much to recommend it, its clichéd, badly acted
at times and its portrayal of violence, particularly towards woman, feels
gratuitous, over the top and more suited to video nasties from decades past
like I Spit On Your Grave or SS Experiment Camp.
There might still be some people out there that like this dated piece of
horror, but don’t count me as one of them