Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Deep Dark (2015) Film Review - Uncork'd Entertainment

Glory Glory Holelujah!


Deep Dark poster
Hermann, a failed sculptor, is about to kill himself when he finds a strange, talking hole in the wall. The creature in the hole (Denise Poirier, the voice of ├ćON FLUX) has the power to fulfill his wildest dreams, but things go horribly wrong and when the killing starts, Hermann is thrust into the worst nightmare of his life. Deep Dark is a twisted tale warning you to be careful what you wish for, because it just might get you.
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Now I went into this movie with no clue what I was letting myself in for, all I knew of the movie was probably the greatest tagline I've ever seen on a movie poster. "This Ain't No Glory Hole", and how right they were! This movie is a strange one, when it starts it has a feeling of Henenlotter's works (Basket Case is the first that came to mind), but as it progresses it becomes it's own entity. This isn't your usual teeny bopper horror, there is something deep, dark and intelligent about the script and the way it is executed, which is a nice change of pace from the regular bunch of "copying the last big hit" horror movies. What I would like to give a special credit for with this movie is the direction from Michael Medaglia. It is a beautiful looking movie, stunningly shot and looks alot more than what I imagine the budget of the movie was. The acting is absolutely believable and well performed throughout (which considering the absurdity of the script at times is amazing). The true star of the movie for me is Denise Poirier who plays The Hole. Denise's voice is haunting, warm and yet contains hints of darkness that you never quite know what she is going to do next.

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Now let's move onto our "hero" of the piece, Hermann Haig who is played by Sean McGrath. Sean plays this role very well and in a very likable manner, once again with the movie's trademark style of making you think "is he as nice as he seems? Is he an innocent in this? Or Is he a bit of a prick?" (More on pricks later). Hermann is plunged into a world that no-one would ever suspect, a failed artist looking for a break, rents a room with a talking hole in the wall. As someone who has frequented many DJ's homes over my young years this isn't too unusual, but in the context of the movie it is very odd. This sultry and beautiful voice treats Hermann in a way that is very reminiscent of Audrey II in Little Shop Of Horrors, offering him the world but at a cost.

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Now Hermann is a red blooded male, there is a talking sexy voice in a hole in the wall, so yes the inevitable does happen at some point (if you don't know what I mean go to your local public convenience and inquire about it), the result leaving you on edge unsure of what could possibly happen. I won't ruin it for you but I was sitting there prepared for the worst! The movie also contains lots of very very dark humor, the occasional throwaway line here and there that if you are in a particular frame of mind will give you a little cheeky titter to yourself.

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To wrap things up here, Deep Dark is what it says in the title, the movie is Deep Dark, the humor is Deep Dark, and whatever or whoever is lurking in that wall is definitely Deep and Dark. The movie is beautifully shot and stunning to look at, it's deeply engrossing and highly intelligent for a movie of this kind. Deep Dark may not win an Oscar but it definitely has all the markings of a future cult classic.