Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A young lady wakes up one day and is suddenly a completely different person (literally). Not only this, but she's being plagued by a character who likes to file his own teeth, known as the Night Stalker.
Is it good movie?
Thora Birch has seemingly come back from the dead to make this little film. Ok, so it isn't a Zombie film starring the re-animated corpse of Thora Birch, but you know what I mean. When this film came across my desk, I was pretty excited to slide it into my player, because I think Thora's quite a capable little actress, and if time is any indication, she's pretty choosy about her roles.
With that being said, Dark Corners is what we in the wrestling business call a Five Finger Stinker.
How could this possibly be passed as a full-length film? The plot consists of Thora playing a dual role, as both Susan and Karen. Susan is a happy go lucky type, with a lovely life, while Karen is having a rough go of things. Anyway, the whole thing is just a mess. Each character seems to switch into the other one when one goes to sleep or somehow loses consciousness. Karen keeps having all of these nightmares where bad things start happening, and the film keeps switching back and forth between the two girls. Really, the only interesting subplot deals with one of the characters who is trying to have a baby, but even that gets washed away in this muddy mess.
Around the halfway point of this movie, you'll be scratching your head and saying "Oh man. Why didn't I listen to the friendly DVD Pub staff at AITH?” as you immediately figure out the film's "Twist" ending, and not much else. The whole thing is a brain-bender full of plot holes, and I’m not sure if this movie was supposed to be released like this or what, because it doesn't offer any real insights or explanations as to how this whole situation could be even quasi-plausible.
The whole film is just not entertaining to watch. There's a bit of suspense in the first few scenes, but that isn't much to write home about. Even the acting wasn't so hot, Thora Birch was merely okay in her role, and a lot of the dialogue was really brutal. To paraphrase our head honcho, this flick really should have been a short film, because it is repetitive as can be.
Video / Audio
Audio comes in 5.1, probably the blandest audio track I’ve heard in awhile, dull and poorly mixed.
Video comes in 1.78 widescreen, and looks a lot better than the audio sounds- come on, Anchor Bay; I know you can do better!
The only extra on this puppy is a short featurette that serves as an EPK, basic 'Making of' type piece that is mostly Director Ray Gower talking about his influences for the film (Japanese, not a surprise). Its okay, about as good as a 13 minute throwaway feature can be I suppose, Thora makes a short appearance here too.
Also, a couple trailers here too, one for Apartment Zero, one for Dark Corners, and one for Pleasure Drivers.
Dark Corners was not an entertaining film. It's too long, it's repetitive, the acting is mediocre, and the thrills are minimal. Sorry to be so blunt, but I just didn't dig it at all.