One cold winter evening two young women were on their way to a Christmas party when they are carjacked by a gang of crooks recently escaped from the local penitentiary. With the two young women taken as hostages, things become darker turn when their vehicle plummets down an abandoned mine shaft, trapping them underground with the dangerous crooks and a mutant cannibal.
Robin (Sullivan Hester) and Monica (Laura Kallison) both one-time-only actors) are the two young women carjacked by three prison escapees— ringleader Louis “Face” Napoleon (Alex Kubik), a, simple-minded oaf Mongo (Michael Nash), and Randy (Mark Witsken), the young driver.
As the two women are being manhandled and scared, Randy crashes the car and they collapse into the old mine, where the torment continues for a while before they realize they’re being stalked by a cannibal. He attacks and then slowly rises up on a chain attached to something and is later used to hook one of his victims and lift him up to the top where the miner bites his throat.
“Trapped Alive” has two subplots. One is just about Robin’s dad, John Adams (Cameron Mitchell) who is having a Christmas party and waiting for her. He toasts “and to my absent friends” to himself and looks at some photos, of his late wife and his daughter in graduation gown. Mitchell gives a tearful monologue talking to the photo of his dead wife.
The other subplot is about Rachel (Elizabeth Kent), a lonely housewife living near the mine. When officer Billy Williams (Randolph Powell) comes in to use her phone she acts weird and bashful, gives him a plate of cookies, they talk about their sad lives and then make love on the floor next to the fireplace. She asks him if he’s ever been in a mine. Rachel just happens to be married and her husband is asleep and snoring in the next room.
Billy eventually goes down into the mine to save the ladies and/or arrest the fugitives. For some reason there’s a phone that goes from the mine to Rachel’s house, and we see her answer it and rather than help the people she just talks in funny voices.
There’s terrible dialogue and ridiculous behavior throughout the film but that is what makes it fun. The convicts are desperate to escape the mine before the law catches up to them. They start poking around in the darkness looking for a way out and find a crusty old mutant cannibal who lives in the mine waiting for somebody to wander in and get eaten. Judging by the bones lying around, he does okay.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original mono audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with director Leszek Burzynski
Brand new audio commentary with special effects artist Hank Carlson and horror writer Josh Hadley
Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
There s EVIL Underground… – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, production manager Alexandra Reed and actors Alex Kubik and Sullivan Hester
Upper Michigan Tonight – 1988 television documentary on Windsor Lake Studios, featuring footage from behind the scenes of Trapped Alive and contemporary interviews with director Leszek Burzynski, producer Christopher Webster and production designer Brian Savegar
Leszek Burzynski: The Early Years – the Trapped Alive director discusses his early forays into genre movie-making
Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Zach Carlson