Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Darkroom (2013)

Number Rolled: 16
Movie Name/Year: Darkroom (2013)
Genre: Horror
Length: 80 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Britt Napier
Writer: Michaelbrent Collings
Actors: Kaylee DeFer, Elisabeth Rohm, Christian Campbell, Tobias Segal, Steve Stanulis

Michelle got herself into trouble. Enough trouble that she feels the need to seek out a rehab center. Upon release, she takes up the therapist’s suggestion to find a job at Darkhouse, a modeling company, as their gofer. That business, however, isn’t quite what it seems.

It sounds like a pretty overdone storyline and, going into it, that exactly what I thought it would be. I wasn’t completely wrong, but the movie still reached and, in some cases, exceeded my expectations. For a B movie (one that’s not even acknowledged on Rotten Tomatoes) to have that kind of acting is very rare. I was impressed with pretty much every actor that crossed the screen.

As far as the story goes, it wasn’t particularly original, but it wasn’t a bad take on the recipe. In fact, there were a few hardcore horror rules that “Darkroom” broke; it’s for that reason that I really wound up liking the movie. It’s very difficult for a director/writer to follow a recipe and still come up with something that’s relatively unpredictable and engrossing.

It wasn’t all puppy dogs and rainbows. In the beginning of the movie you learn a lot through flashbacks. I don’t mind flashbacks if they’re approached properly. The issue is that the transitions were so horrible that I couldn’t tell what was going on, or what part of the timeline the movie was on, until the next scene had already transitioned in. There were also a few continuity errors, one of which was a scene that, even after watching the entire movie, I don’t understand in reference to the plot. I believe it was an attempt to be abstract, but the rest of the film wasn’t – which just made it confusing.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 2.5/5
Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

P.S. This movie does not seem to exist on Rotten Tomatoes.

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