Deep Dark

poster7I went into Deep Dark hoping for a creature feature. Which I didn’t get and would have known I wouldn’t have gotten, if I had done the slightest amount of research before hitting play. But what’s the fun in that? Deep Dark for me is basically a montage of moments that barely miss their mark. Something that I can normally just groan through as I’ve most likely found something I do enjoy to latch hold of. That kind of happened here as I did enjoy the hole as… well I don’t want to say villain as I feel that would be incredibly inaccurate, but antagonist does seem to fit either. What made Deep Dark a bad film rather than a below average one is the lead character, Hermann. But I’m going to hate on him in just a moment…

Deep Dark opens with Hermann Haig (Sean McGrath) voicing over footage of him as an infant. He drones on about how he’s always known what he wanted to be, an artist and he’s always known his medium. The mobile, the kind that hangs over a child’s crib. The catch is, Hermann is an awful artist. When the opening exposition ends we’re introduced to an adult Hermann, who still lives at home with his mother (Mary McDonald-Lewis). Whom, he takes full advantage of being unemployed and actually from what I could tell has never held a job. Hermann’s mother pushes Herman to call his uncle Felix (John Nielsen), a successful artist for work and/or advice. Something Hermann refuses to do and insults him calling him a hack. He does relent eventually and call him. Felix is able to relate to Hermann’s position, having faced similar challenges when he started out as an artist. He offers to rent Hermann a studio apartment, where he was able to overcome them. But at a very steep rent, one that Hermann can’t afford. Though Herman changes his mind and decides to rent the apartment for a short time after a disastrous art show where he embarrasses himself in front of Devora Kline (Anne Sorce), an influential art dealer. After the show he promises to produce a truly amazing piece of art in two weeks or quit being and artists forever. He moves into the apartment and sets to work, and while he catches the eye of the building manager Layla (Monica Graves), he still unable to produce anything of merit. Until he discovers a hole in the wall contains a string tied to a note and a pretty voice (Denise Poirier). The voice in the wall helps Hermann create the piece he needs to impress Devora to Hermann’s delight and while she initially turns him away Devora too comes to love the piece. So much so she puts in her gallery where it has effects on clients that causes it to sell. It sells for so much that Devora asks for more pieces for another show in a month and reluctantly Hermann agrees. But as he continues to work the with hole in the wall, it grows more and more possessive of Hermann…

My main issue is that, nothing much really happens. Or at least it feels that way, so it’s lucky that the film is so short. Measuring at a mere hour and nineteen minutes. Deep Dark doesn’t even start to pick up until the final act of the film, which comes in during the last fifteen minutes.

Most of the time’s spent with Hermann being an awful person, who comes off as weak and entitled. He’s rude to everyone he meets, insults other artist’s at every opportunity and is overall a shallow and unlikable character. The film shows this from the beginning as it’s clearly stated he doesn’t have a job, in no way contributes to the work around the home and is blatantly disrespectful to his own mother.

In fact, Deep Dark is almost devoid of unlikable characters, with the hole managing to actually be the most human and likeable character. Which is awkward as even it is subject to some blatantly creepy and crazy behavior. Which includes pressuring Hermann into sex, when Hermann is very clear that he doesn’t want to. The walls other sketchy behaviors run the gamete of stalking to murder and yet still manages being both tragic and sympathetic.

Final thoughts, no one here is fun to watch. Hermann, Devora, Layla, heck Hemann’s artistic rival is awful. The pacing is incredibly slow and takes its time to start any kind of build up. Deep Dark goes light on the gore and in fact the one bloody shot could be exuded and nothing of value would be lost. Deep Dark is a slow, short, lumbering beast that little, if anything to the genre. 4/10


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