Punishment wants to desperately to be a “homage” to the early Slasher films of the 70’s and 80’s. This is not inherently a bad thing, however it fails to realize that films have come a long long way since then, and it seems almost hopelessly naïve at times, showing us scenes and concepts without irony that have long since become a hopeless cliché that can at best only inspire laughter rather than terror from the audience.
Hunter (Gallagher) witnesses the hit and run murder of his daughter and goes mad, escaping into the woods where he becomes and urban legend. Many years later, troubled teen Jen (Dance) is convinced by her friends to go camping in the woods where they are inevitably attacked by the now insane Hunter. The clichés have already become dangerously piled up in that one sentence alone. From there, Hunter attacks and kills several of the teens in different gory ways.
I don’t feel like Im spoiling here so much as warning you all. That’s it. That last description is all that happens. Some kids die, one escapes. There’s no twist, no development, no rationale or reason or reaction to anything that happens, just a guy killing people. And while Freddy, Jason and Michael could get away with that 30 years ago, you simply cannot make such a film now, it is downright boring. And of course, Hunter is no real threat compared to those otherworldly horrors.
Punishment has about 7 different names in different regions. I suspect this may be a trick to get the viewer to watch it multiple times, so be cautious and aware of your surroundings, lest this movie sneak up and steal 87 minutes of your life.