A Slow Burn Film w/ an Explosive & Satisfying Ending (by anythinghorrorscott)
THE CORRIDOR, directed by Evan Kelly and written by Josh MacDonald completely caught me off guard. Its description led me to believe that this was your typical friends-gather-in-the-woods-and-die flick. What I wasn't expecting was getting a wholly original horror film with sci-fi overtones, great acting, and a really intelligent script.The film opens by putting us in the middle of a "situation." Tyler Stephen Chambers is crouched down in a linen closet with a bloodied face looking at a dead woman laying in the hallway floor. His friends come over and he attacks them with a <more>
knife, cutting several of them. Then as the opening credits roll we gather that some time has passed and the five guys are coming together to reconnect and do a little male bonding up in the woods at Tyler's cabin. Tyler has recently been released from the psych ward, has a fistful of pills to take, but is otherwise good to go. The other friends are Bobcat Matthew Amyotte , Chris David Patrick Flemming , Everett James Gilbert , and Jim Glen Matthews . They've all been friends for a long time and it seems they've all drifted apart as life has gotten in the way and carried them all off in different directions.From the very beginning of this one I knew I was in for something different; something that wasn't gonna follow the typical killer-in-the-woods formula. The dialogue was intelligent, the characters weren't broad stroke caricatures, and the shooting style and editing was excellent. As the friends gather we learn a little about them all don't worry; there's NO SPOILERS in this review and learn how for most of them their boyhood dreams have been crushed underneath the reality of "Everyday Life." One of them is sterile and is afraid to tell his wife outta fear she'll leave him; one is an alcoholic who works in a bar; one is in a troubled marriage with a bazillion kids; and one can't seem to grow up and find a direction in his life. One night when Tyler is out walking around in the woods to clear his head he comes across something unusual. He stumbles upon what appears to be some weird wall of energy. Investigating it more he finds that it's more of a corridor hey; we have the title of the film!! that seems to get longer. Tyler thinks he's losing his mind again and wants to forget about it. But then he starts seeing his dead mother and knows he needs to reach out to the others. He confides in Chris and the next day they all go out, under the intention of humoring Tyler, to check out this 'corridor.' The guys are shocked when it turns out Tyler isn't hallucinating or losing his mind at all. There really is a corridor made up of some weird kind of energy force out in the woods. The guys are amazed and excited about this find. Almost immediately they all see this discovery as a way to make their mundane lives better. This is the point where I don't wanna give away anything else about the story. Let's just say that the story ends in a lot of violence. A lot. But one thing Kelly and MacDonald don't do is leave us hanging. We get a great explanation as to what's going on. We come to understand, just as the characters do, exactly what the corridor is and why it affected them the way it did. There's some really brilliant writing going on here people!!The first half of THE CORRIDOR is definitely more like THE BIG CHILL than a horror movie. I categorize this in the "slow burn" sub-genre. But don't think that "slow burn" equals slow. Far from it. There's a lot going on in this film and Kelly keeps everything moving at a great pace. The last two acts will have you on the edge of your seats literally , not believing the turn of events on screen. The acting by the entire cast is top notch, and considering the five main actors are relative newcomers Glen Matthews appeared as a gang leader in HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN , they all exhibit a lot of range and talent and all look comfortable in front of the camera. I bought that they were all old friends trying to reconnect.But perhaps director Evan Kelly deserves the most praise. He creates a really amazing tone and atmosphere from the first frame that makes you feel ill-at-ease even during the scenes where nothing "bad" is happening. Kelly also gets some really amazing shots out in the woods and uses shadows and light to his full advantage. The editing by Thorben Bieger is also extremely well done. Even the opening and closing songs performed by the Canadian band Great Lake Swimmers was a brilliant choice in helping set the tone and mood.I don't know but maybe I connected with this movie because I've been going through a lot of the same the characters in this film were going through. We're all told when young that we can be "whatever we want when we grow up," and that the "sky's the limit." But after life, after real life, gets a hold of us we realize that we're not destined for something great. That if we're lucky we'll manage to be happy with our lot in life. That the "endless sky" does indeed have a bubble encapsulating it and thereby cutting off most of our choices. Life kinda sucks and what's really crappy is that you didn't even make the wrong choices. It's just the way life is. Like I said, it may just be me really connecting with this film, but I loved every second of it. I watched it for the first time on Saturday night about 9pm and when it was over I watched it again. It's a film that gets better with multiple viewings.I can't recommend this one enough.
Saw this on Netflix knowing nothing about it, put it in the queue and watched it . . and as I did, I felt a steadily growing delight. This is one of those 'little' horror films that sneaks up on you....starts with a fairly reliable premise a guy's bonding weekend and lets it develop for a while. And then with the discovery of the titular area, pushes the premise further, and further, and lets it twist and grope into all sorts of dark areas.Suffice to say: really well written, well acted, and well shot. A lovely and genuinely creepy discovery, and the best Canadian horror <more>
A Pure Gem that no Horror,Thriller or SciFi fan of artistic films should miss! (by DataDream)
This is hands down one of the most inventive, creative and disturbing films I have seen in a very long time. It is in the same instant beautiful and repulsive. This film is an indescribable masterpiece -and I don't say that lightly.Don't miss out on this one if you are a Horror, Thriller or SciFi fan.It is truly rare these days to find a film that encompasses completely original ideas, so when a film such as The Corridor comes along it is a true surprise and refreshing blessing.All I can say to the Cast and Crew is...Thank You for something truly original!
The real terror in The Corridor is more subversive than the obvious antagonist... (by info-347-916579)
The Corridor is an interesting film as horror films go. Even as a small film it is undeniable that it is a creature of ambitious efforts. Fortunately, these efforts pay off to the tune of delivering the audience a disturbing and rare portrayal of what happens when the extraordinary brings out the unusual and ultimately the worst in a group of friends whose circle is dangerously close to splintering from very real pressures of the earthly kind.The Corridor follows 5 men whose boyhood friendships have persisted into adulthood and who individually are still struggling to find their places in the <more>
grown-up world. Their roles are further questioned when a member of the group, Tyler Stephen Chambers , loses his mother under suspicious circumstances that leaves Chris David Patrick Fleming injured and questioning the sanity of his life-long friend.In an effort to reconnect and help Tyler in the emotionally grueling process of laying his mother's ashes to rest, the 5 men decide to plan a boys' retreat to the cabin they spent so much time in in their youths. Tyler, grappling with his dementia an aftershock of the ordeal with his mother makes a discovery in the woods that will threaten the sanity and the lives of the rest of the group.The real terror in The Corridor is more subversive than the obvious antagonist and the depth of the film's themes skirt on the edges of such cult favorites as Fight Club, Donnie Darko and some of Lynch's more surreal efforts. The threat isn't so much the enigmatic force in the woods as it is the enigma that is silently killing the group from the inside: Who are you when you lack purpose? How do we define ourselves in a world that denies us definition? It is the the corridor itself that empowers the group and seems only to magnify their own personal problems into full blown psychosis.Although this might seem a little heady for the casual watcher, TC speaks to those of us who saw our role models revealed as villains, saw our fathers too humanized to remain out heroes and ultimately left us in a world without warrior poets looking forward to jobs we despise and positions in life that rarely treat us with any real moments of fulfillment. It is this alarmingly emotional character study of the group that elevates the Corridor to a film that actually surpasses its intent. For the horror fan The Corridor delivers some truly disturbing scenes of torture and madness driven degradation that sticks with you long after the credits begin to roll. It is in these moments that we see a group of actors that have struck their rhythm and deliver on all levels of the script, from the intense loss and longing to the stark insanity that characterizes the latter half of the picture. Director Evan Kelly has hit the ground running and I for one am eagerly looking forward to his next effort.Highly recommended.
dramatic journey with fantasy and horror twists (by nikkif610)
This movie was amazing. I thought all the actors gave very strong performances. The subject matter can be disturbing at times but even when fantastical elements are introduced you believe what is happening. The viewer's reality is merged with the characters' world and their fight to survive is ours too.What does it mean to be crazy? How can we ever be sure that what we are seeing is real? When do you have to stop trusting your friends? How quickly can you turn on those that you care about the most? How can humans survive something much larger than themselves? At first I was worried <more>
that I wouldn't like the movie because the summary I read said it was sci-fi, but that really isn't the case. There are parts of the story that require leaps of faith, but ultimately in my opinion the movie is about the characters and how they interact with each other. It's unpredictable, but in a good way. The viewer doesn't feel manipulated, but rather their mind is opened to new possibilities.I won't give anything away I'm very anti-spoiler but I will say that after watching this movie you might feel differently about what really makes someone "insane".
I just finished this movie and was very impressed. I prefer my horror to have a build up. It's easy to introduce a bunch of half-dressed teenagers and then have the guy with the ax kill them all off. It's not so easy to show some patience and let the audience get to know the characters before putting them through hell and that is exactly what this movie does. By the time things start to get rough-and believe me, they do-you actually kind of care about what happens to everyone. There are a few parts here and there where the lower budget starts to show itself but overall, I thought it <more>
was very well done. A slow burn with an excellent pay off. Highly recommended.
A Weekend Get together Goes Terribly Wrong When There is an Encounter With an Unexplained Light Entity (by terryq50)
What would happen if the switch that keeps us from bludgeoning the next passerby we encounter on the street was turned off and we reverted to a more feral existence albeit still convinced we were of a rational mind? In Evan Kelly's The Corridor, 5 friends encounter an entity, a something? and what begins as a Big Chill type get together becomes an unstoppable nightmare all playing out in the banal everyday-ism of a small cabin in the woods.The Corridor is an intelligent film that asks its audience to engage with it rather than be spoon fed a sequence of Peckinpahesque scenes of gratuitous <more>
violence. Sure there's some blood, but you may find yourself realizing after you see this movie that you imagined some of the more violent scenes --thats because Kelly seems to have attempted to stay clear of a blood fest type showing and opted instead for a more nuanced approach -- sometimes you can imagine a more horrific picture if you are handed just a few pieces of the puzzle. The film introduces us to 5 friends who have shared a tragic experience and have come together to heal old wounds though each of them comes with their own personal baggage. When they encounter the Corridor, the baggage they carry becomes the fuel that funnels the feral. Kelly heightens the suspense of emotions slowly going out of control until we reach the point of no return and events careen to their tragic conclusion. If I have a criticism, it may be in wanting to have seen the escalation more drawn out and crafted but this is a film that has come together well beyond it's meagre budget and both Kelly and his DP, Chris Ball have worked marvellously in a cramped cabin set for well over half of the movie moving the characters about and toward their eventual fate so perhaps that type of wishful thinking comes with a movie of much greater budgetary resources and screen time. If you liked the pacing and visual appeal of Let the Right One In, you will want to see this picture.
An effective and ambitious indie thriller (by luke_51034)
Going in blind to a movie like this can really only heighten the experience. I knew about the film prior to seeking it out and while not exactly what I was expecting I have to say I felt pleasantly surprised by what I actually saw. Watching the first half of the film there was no way I could have sat with a straight face and tell you how this was going to end. THE CORRIDOR is anchored by not one, not two, not three, not four but five strong performances and a script full of shocks and surprises that range from disturbing to darkly comedic. Some movies portray madness through watching a single <more>
character lose it from beginning to end, where as this film attempts to make the audience go mad right along with the characters. I won't lie, it takes patience to stay on board to the end but in the case of THE CORRIDOR patience pays off in the end.Full Review @ http://www.moviesonline.ca/ 2012/04/corridor-movie-review/
The formula has been used before. However, the formula when used properly, yields little gems once in a while, and this little gem shines through in a sea of mediocrity in the thriller/horror genre.Evan Kelly has taken Josh Macdonald's story and given us a brilliant insight into the world of perceived mental illness, and whilst the reality isn't always this graphic, at times, the illness affects everyone, and with very differing results.Kelly crafts the story so carefully through the beginning of the film, that you are sucked in almost immediately, emotions struggling as you don't <more>
want to feel empathy with the lead actor Stephen Chambers but are forced to with the clever storyline and great delivery of the scenes. Your "Did he, Didn't he" dilemmas fade away as the atmosphere deepens, darkens and deteriorates until you find yourself willing Tyler on.Such is the skill of Kelly - from one emotion to another, with no effort involved - it just happens - and to be perfectly honest, it takes your breath away. The use of suggestive horror and gore is paramount in making a film a success, and here, whilst the results are shown, we're left to our imaginations as to how it happened.It's a difficult film to put into words without giving anything away, suffice to say, this is one film that shouldn't be missed.Evan Kelly has a very bright future in the genre if he can give us films like this, and I look forward to seeing his next work.A solid 8/10