Due to lack of any other options for new horror films, I decided to check out a new indie film I found on Netflix. I usually approach these types of films with caution, due to the fact that they are hit or miss.
I searched around to see if I could find any reviews with little to no avail. I did, however, stumble across a website for the film. In hopes to learn a little bit about the film and maybe check out a trailer, I was soon let down when I read the one sentence description of the film and the trailer link that didn’t work and just said “coming soon.”
Against my better judgment, I decided to go ahead with viewing the film, in hopes it would reverse my already frustrated attitude.
Darkroom starts off with a little boy playing hide and go seek in a creepy old house, when he stumbles across a girl in a closet. He asks her “who are you and why are you here?” she responds with, “You put me here.”
It then fast forwards to the current setting, at a rehabilitation center where we meet the main character, Michelle (Kaylee Defer). Michelle is in the center for her involvement in a drunk driving accident that killed three of her friends.
The film is loaded with plot holes and jumps around making the timeline a bit ambiguous at times. As she is trying to work through her issues, her therapist recommends she get a job to help with the rehabilitation process.
At the behest of her therapist, played by Elisabeth Rohm, she is taken to a very large mansion where a man meets her outside. He tells her that his model has quit and he would like her to pose for a few shots. As it turns out she is in for a bit more than just having pictures taken of her.
I can’t say that I enjoyed this movie very much. It had great potential, but ultimately was a fail in my book.
The cinematography was very good; the main actress was pretty good in her part, as was the therapist. The biggest failure was the lack of attention to maintaining a decent flow for the story. It jumped around a lot in the beginning and never really explained much about anything. It was overwhelmingly unnecessary.
The last half of the movie is also pretty annoying. I know this may spoil it, but I may save you some time of having to watch it. She was lured to the house as part of a family spiritual cleansing of sorts. The family had a history of a mother that forced her children to cleanse “dirty “women of evil doing by “purging” of their sin. This sounds like it could be interesting but it really wasn’t, it was actually pretty lame.
I would have to say that this was a fail of a movie. I could go on about the potential it had but it doesn’t change the fact that the movie sucked.
I give it 4 out of 7