Independent horror films are usually very hit and miss, yet you can't help but root for them as the underdogs of the film industry. We've also seen plenty of these underdogs really tear the genre a new one and redefine it to great success. Sadly, however, Sweatshop is not one of them. Like a student film you can feel the creators enthusiasm and love for their work, but this just doesn't translate into a good movie.
The villain is fantastic - his hammer weapon pretty devastating - and for a low-budget film his design is impressive as it is imposing without creating unnecessary costs for the production team. He reminded me a little of pyramid head from the Silent Hill series, but his companions let him down - why were those girls following him about? All they seemed to do was gurn at the camera, and by the end scene they'd all but disappeared.
The ending is pretty satisfying too: as all the characters are extremely annoying and undeveloped, it's difficult not to feel relieved as most of them inevitably meet their end. I know this is a horror gorefest and great plotting is not expected from this genre, but all the characters have literally the same personality, and seem only to be defined by their sexual orientation. As previously stated, they are all very very annoying and whiny, so watching them get slammed in the face with a massive hammer like a human whack-a-mole is strangely satisfying.
The gore is pretty bad. Not only have we seen the majority of death scenes before, but they are very cheaply done and visibly so. We know that good gore can be done on a budget (see Tucker And Dale vs Evil) so if the gore isn't up to scratch and the story fails, what's left? Not much.
It's certainly not the worst horror film out there, but by no means is it one of the best: not by a very, very long way.