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A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
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Reviewed by: Willard

Directed by: Marshall E. Uzzle

Starring:
Matt Trezian
Geoffrey Lewis
Karen Black

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Social deviant, Taylor Melnick is being release from a mental hospital after a self imposed stay. Upon his release he has to face old demons and readjust to life in society.
Is it good movie?
Judging from a quote on the DVD back cover, which takes about half the space, A Light in the Darkness ranks up with modern classics such as Saw, Devil’s Reject and The Shining (you know that’s got to be TRUE!!). When in reality it reminded me more of a bad episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. If we break it down, we have to come to the conclusion that all the basics of filmmaking are quite deficient: writing, lighting, sound and acting.

First off, how can you make something interesting out of a story that has characters that seem to be more caricatures than anything else? As I mentioned before, sound editing might seem like a minor detail to some, but it becomes major issue, when two characters are having dinner and they both sound like they’re on different sets. I never thought there was such a thing as character overdevelopment, until I saw the movie. The main protagonist is three twitches away from turning into Elmer Fudd. As bad as Taylor Melnick (Matt Trezian) is, he’s no match for the queen of cheese, Kira Anson (Troy Beyer). The shower scene in Psycho was terrifying, but nothing comes close to Mrs. Anson’s naked drunken ass for sheer terror. As a matter of fact, there’s no reason why anyone in the movie should be taking their clothes off. I would love to elaborate on lighting and cinematography but I wouldn’t even know where to begin. The only way to understand what I’m talking about would be to watch the movie, but I wouldn’t want to put you through that ordeal.

Everyone is familiar with the concept of honorable mention but this is not that kind of review. Instead, we’re going to have a pity mention and it will go to Geoffrey Lewis. He must miss the days he was kicking it with Sly Stallone in Tango and Cash. While we’re on the topic of pity, let’s not forget about Karen Black. We thank you for your performance in House of 1000 Corpses, but like your character in one particular scene, you should have just stayed buried.

A Light in the Darkness is a perfect example of a brainstorming session gone bad. The Producer/actor, Matt Trezian, should have spent less time trying to showcase himself and focused more on a decent script.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen Anamorphic.

Audio: English Dolby Digital.
The Extras
Theatrical Trailer (5:44): The problem with this feature is if you watch it before the movie, you won’t want to sit through the whole thing.

Storyboard Slideshow: No surprises. Exactly what could be expected from the title.

Feature Animated Short (4:50): An MTV Short called ‘’Open Mic Fright’’….SKIP IT!!

Progression of a Poster: Yet another poor decision from the production. Some very cool ones, they choose the worst.

Sneak Previews: We get a trailer for Pariah (2:12), Emarald Cowboys (1:13) and The Mallory Effect (2:30).
Last Call
In the end, I don’t think A light in the Darkness is meant for a horror audience. As a matter of fact, it would be fair to say it’s not meant for any audience. Look for it soon in a discount bin.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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