About ten years ago I came across a dark, strange indie film with the rather simple title of Horror. Although not much to speak of in a narrative sense, Horror was indicative of a filmmaker who was interested in more than traditional shocks and obvious scares. On a purely visual scale, Horror was pretty interesting stuff, and it seems like writer / director Dante Tomaselli is following a similar format with his rough, odd, and sometimes impressively disconcerting Torture Chamber.
Slightly reminiscent of Don Coscarelli's classic Phantasm in the way it favors off-kilter visuals and "nightmare logic" instead of a more traditional narrative, Torture Chamber is about a blind mother and her two sons: one is a good-hearted priest; the other is the second coming of Satan. (Makes you wonder if these brothers had the same dad.) Eventually the brothers meet head-to-head with the fate of all humanity (not to mention satanity) in the balance, but much of Torture Chamber is a barely-connected collection of dark and gloomy moments in which people scream in empty hallways, explore creepy corners, and get tossed into torture devices by a pack of wildly maniacal children. Yeah, Torture Chamber is also sort of a "killer kids" movie.