Jon Wright's film delivers its shocks as efficiently as the average American equivalent. Its British jokiness makes it less scary than it perhaps could have been, but it gains more from this trade-off than it loses.
Despite its weaknesses, though, there's something appealing about Tormented. It may or may not portend a revival of popular British horror, but at least no one can mistake this for the grim compulsions of the torture-porn aficionado.
A slasher for the Twitter generation, Tormented catches the spirit of the times without being too try-hard. Quips and snogging take precedence over scares, but its commentary on new technology's power to intimidate is chillingly apt.
Tormented deserves a thumbs- up for its top young cast, its willingness to try something different, and for delivering a slew of fun, if hugely unfrightening, moments. So well done for, er, having a stab.