Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"The Corridor": Is it a tunnel to the afterlife, placed in the woods for the unwary?

The Corridor”, directed by Evan Kelly and written by Josh MacDonald, is a Canadian road horror thriller with perhaps an interesting, even disturbing premise.  Unfortunately, the five young men on this “bonding” weekend in the Nova Scotia woods don’t measure up to the challenge enough to make you care.  And maybe their descent into animal wilding when challenged by the supernatural is the point.
  
As the film opens, Tyler Crawley has gone wild; his mother has been killed (but maybe not by him), and two of his friends are injured.  We don’t know what happened.  But a few months later he gets out of a mental hospital, well controlled on meds. 


Four of his friends invite him on a road trip into the woods, to a cabin.  Indeed the “cabin in the woods movie” has become another genre, perhaps.  They’re careful and a bit cautious in how they talk to him at first.  The first evening, Tyler goes out into the woods, to spread his mother’s ashes, and encounters s supernatural entity that seems like a box of plasma, that can extend into a corridor.  He can step in and out of it, but he gets a nosebleed.  He then sees his mother’s ghost.

When he tells the other guys, they go out the next morning, and sure enough the entity is back, and bigger.   It may have something to do with the blinking cell phone tower nearby. 

After the other men have been exposed by walking inside the thing, they start going crazy and violent.  Tyler, on his meds, remains stable.  So it’s pretty obvious how he might have gone crazy.  The guys do horrible things.  One man scalps another, to put the rug on the bald man.  Guns start getting involved.  In time, only Tyler and one other guy is left. 


As the film draws near and end, we see more pyrotechnics with the entity that gives some idea as to what the entity is.  It can narrow to a thread, providing a near-death portal, and then extinguish whoever is inside to ashes.  Maybe this is what an alien life form could do. 

The implication is that an alien force, with these monsters composed of electromagnetic fields, could destroy humanity and turn it back to savagery. But some viewers felt that the other friends simply lacked purpose and real character and were vulnerable; not everyone would be/ 
   
The concept of the film draws on a number of cinema traditions:  Stephen King, not just “Dreamcatcher” but also the CBS series “Under the Dome” (TV, July 11, 2013) the Austrian film “The Wall” (Aug. 27, 2013), as well as psychological road movies, ranging from horror (“Bugcrush” and “The House of Adam”) to subtle personal mystery (“Old Joy”), or even “Ice Men”.


Official Facebook is here. The distributor is IFC.
  

I watched the film on Netflix Instant Video.  The sound quality was unusually fuzzy.  

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