Have you ever sat in a sauna to cut weight? Well, I have and while it can be incredibly relaxing, it can quickly turn into a claustrophobic nightmare, making you panic and just need to get out. I’ve always thought that there was a horror movie somewhere in or around a sauna and apparently so did directors Levan Bakhia and Beqa Jguburia. Their film, 247 Degrees, is a nasty little movie with a small setting and plenty of tension.
This film is along the lines of Phonebooth, Wrecked, or Buried with its tone and it can make you feel like you should turn the heat down. While some of the dialog is written somewhat amateurishly, it doesn’t stop the great cast from bringing the heat. Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Travis Van Winkle (Friday The 13th), and Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Troy) really make this movie fun and bring the characters to life.
The situation is very believable and is executed well. A group of friends party it up for a weekend at a lake house and accidentally get trapped in a sauna. With the heat getting more intense the longer they remain inside, sanity begins to slip and they find out who their friends really are. The runtime of 88 minutes flies by with little to no dragging, which one would almost expect from a movie with people trapped in one small place.
This film knocks it out of the park in terms of tension and fear and will stick with you after you watch it, especially if you visit a sauna after watching. I really liked this one and I’m gonna have to give it 3 out of 5 fireworks