Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daddy's Little Girl (Breaking Glass DVD) - Aussie Torture Porn

The first twenty minutes of Daddy's Little Girl from Breaking Glass as Directed by Chris Sun feels like an eternity. The set up is obvious, but simply getting to the point seems to drag on forever in an unbalanced cop drama meets hyper emotion family drama... and then the torture pornographic kicks in. Some of you don't like the term torture porn. You think it's derogatory. Let's be perfectly clear that I always enjoy a good T.P. movie and that there's no way I'm going to knock this subgenre down. The only time you're going to see me upset by a torture porn film is when a movie is marketed as a serious production with full narrative and depth of characters only to realize that it's actually gore smut. I get upset when a movie doesn't call itself what it is. Daddy's Little Girl is labeled a brutal film, and it earns that label. It is in fact brutal, and when it kicks in you'll have to try to sit through it. Of course it's not for the squeamish.

Synopsis from Break Glass:

After the police find Derek's daughter brutally murdered on the beach, he vows to make the culprit suffer for his actions, even if that person is 'part of the family.' With careful research into the history of torture, Derek prepares himself and his basement for a week of brutal tactics that will make his daughter's killer feel the pain that he has inflicted upon so many others. In a time when stranger danger is ever present, a single father learns that it's the ones you trust most who have to be watched the closest.

The first problem is the set up. It takes too damn long to get to the point. We all know what's going to happen, and it just seems to dawdle. So by the time you get to the good stuff (the torture porn) you're not emotionally drained; you're trying to stay awake. The good news is that the torture is actually quite good with some solid effects, somewhat realistic and brutal methods of torture and enough heart behind our pissed off parent to get you rooting for him. The whole is dragged out over a long-ish period of time, and that the entire rest of the movie. Torture torture torture. No tension. No suspense. Just violence and blood and then an ending that you sort of expect. It's the kind of movie you can watch in fast forward and still feel confident that you'e gotten every bit of it.

I cannot say that I recommend Daddy's Little Girl for anyone except fans of torture horror, but unfortunately there are also better versions of the subgenre that are produced better. Perhaps fans of Australian accents or Ozploitation might find this amusing as well.

Daddy's Little Girl will be available on DVD May 13th.

-Doc Terror

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