SWEATSHOP is a well-crafted, brutal horror movie that makes the SAW movies look like they were produced by Disney.
A group of punked-out friends break into an old warehouse and start setting up for a party, from which they'll potentially make a lot of money. They tie into the electricity and start setting up the lights, audio and speakers. However, they have picked the wrong building and it literally ends up biting them in the ass, among other places.
On one hand the characters reminded me of the ones from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and some of the killers look like they escaped from DEMONS. And, of course, there's a big nod to LEATHERFACE with the huge, welder-helmeted slayer. However, this is a splatter movie unto itself. No explanation is given as to who/what these guys are, which succeeds in making the situation all the more creepier. No time is wasted with exposition and back story as the murders begin. The gore effects are surprisingly realistic and the best part is the tool of choice used to dispatch many of them. It's a gruesome and horrible way to go and I've never seen this used in a movie before.
I was trying to figure out what the title had to do with the movie, other than that the factory they're in may be an old clothing factory. But refreshing my memory as to the definition of the word "Sweatshop", it makes more sense. According to Wikipedia, " a sweatshop is a working environment with conditions that are considered to be difficult or dangerous, usually where the workers have few opportunities to address their situation. This can include exposure to hazardous situations..." Yes, this does describe the movie.
Throughout the year I see many low-budget, independent horror movies, many of which need room from improvement. SWEATSHOP is perfect--there's nothing that can improve this flick, one of the best horror flicks I have seen this year.