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Dark Corners
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May 29, 2007 By: Mathew Plale
Dark Corners order
Director:
Ray Gower

Actors:
Thora Birch
Toby Stephens
Christien Anholt

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A woman (Thora Birch) suffering from severe nightmares finds out she may actually be another person...one being chased by horrifying figures.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was once on my living room couch with a girl. She commented on the beige shade of the cushions. The TV was either on or it wasnt. She had sweatpants on, though. Not a wildly interesting story, is it? At the time, it was the most fascinating thing I had ever experienced. But thats the problem with explaining your dreams (the same goes for nightmares)no one cares about the thoughts youve had while you slept except you. Dark Corners works the same way, giving us no real reason to actually care about what were seeing, whether its imagined or real.

We as human beings have uncontrollable urges--the most common two being sex and to tell others the meaningless dreams and nightmares weve had. Debut director Ray Gowers appetite latches to the latter: to tell the stories of Karen and Susan (the laughably bad Thora Birch) through nightmares and mundane philosophies on Hell. Gower wastes the chance to tinker with our heads and instead mucks with our eyes with his James Wan-inspired style of key lighting, hectic cutting, and interfering camerawork.

But Dark Corners biggest problem is that its more of a David Lynch Amateur Hour, rich in faux-symbolism and revealing its phony subtext far too early. Its Lynchian burglaries range from the subtle (characters who are askew without reason) to the obscenely blatant (a mysterious key that drives a fraction of the plot and replicas of Blue Velvets opening sequence).

The movie is a series of nightmares that we want no part of. Not because theyre frightening or bizarre (though a man tearing open his sewn-shut mouth is quite the sight), but rather because theyre so utterly full of themselves and think theyre original. Weve never needed Freddy Krueger so badly
THE EXTRAS
Out of the Shadows Making of (13:00): David Lynch meets Cronenberg meets Wes Craven, or so says director Gower. Hes GOT to be kidding. Thora Birch is the only other cast/crew member to be featured in this waste of disc space, and she certainly doesnt have anything compelling to say.

And a few Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Dark Corners probably has an audience somewhere in the Grudge or to a lesser extent Saw crowds. These same crowds will probably feel worlds smarter, too, after picking up on the movie's shallow philosophies, so that's gotta count for something, right?
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