Román and his friend tracks down the place where his ex-girlfriend was going to meet a guy she has been talking to online, only to discover that the only people in the house are two old men. And all of their female victims which they torture through creative ways, such as using nitroglycerin. When both Román's friend and his ex-girlfriend are stuck in the house, he sneaks into the house to try and rescue them.
Adrián García Bogliano has been keeping busy and seems to be making a movie every or every-other year. The last movie I saw from him was "I'll Never Die Alone", which was also released by Njutafilms. It was a pretty good exploitation movie, and definitely an improvement from his "Rooms For Tourists" which was dung. I had high hopes for "Cold Sweat" since I liked the previous film but also because I had heard some good things from sources I trust. And since 2008 when he made "I'll Never Die Alone", he's without a doubt slightly better as a filmmaker with a smoother looking film and overall production values.
The story doesn't seem to be the most important thing here, though. Two old men live in a house. These two old farts keep women prisoners and torture them as well. Their torture games often consists of either the use of acid or nitroglycerin. And the nitroglycerin is heavily underlined here, as it seems to be the thing that the film uses to raise interest. But it's also where the movie is the most flawed. More on that later. The protagonists here are three people. Román manages to track down this address when his ex-girlfriend goes to visit a guy she met online, which turns out to be a trick to get another prisoner to play with. Román also brought his female friend. These three get stuck in the house and are desperate to get out of there.
As I said, the story isn't that great because I never really get a good reason for anything. Sure, they're old men with seemingly political agenda, but that's all just to get a torture movie out of it. But the biggest problem isn't even there, as I don't mind a mindless movie overall. The biggest problem is the nitroglycerin, which is a large part of the suspense here. We have lots of scenes where it's used, and most of these scenes are followed with very long scenes of them being careful so they don't explode. Why the hell doesn't it explode, though? They might act careful, but they're not! I'm no chemist but it seems like a lot of the things they do would make said nitroglycerin explode, no? Take the scene where one of them is drenched in it, and it drips all over the place, dragged across the floor, touched, and so on. Surely that'd do SOMETHING to it? When much of the suspense comes from "will it explode or won't it?", it sucks when it's not really put to the test to show us how dangerous it is for them.
Although there is one scene early on with the nitroglycerin, which is followed by an alright looking special effect: a headless woman. It's not a complex shot, but it shows what kind of treats we would've been given if more people exploded! The effects are definitely good overall, though. There's a part of the movie that is left hanging a bit, and that is all of the crazed victims in the basement, that act like zombies. They looked rather cool and ghoulish, so I wouldn't have mind if they were a bigger part of the plot either.
It's a flawed movie for sure, I can't deny that. But at the same time I feel that Adrián García Bogliano's movies are a bit more off than your typical American films, so they make for interesting watches at least. "Cold Sweat" was probably more entertaining than the previous two I have reviewed, but I think I prefer "I'll Never Die Alone" to this one. If you decide to check out "Cold Sweat" than I think you'll be alright with your decision, and there's no reason to skip it unless you are very picky. Slow at times, crazy at times, and overall an okay watch! I can't deny that Bogliano is a promising director, and he might offer something great in the future.