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 portrayl of what happens when the extraordinary brings out the unusual and utltimately 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 grown-up world. Their roles are further questioned when a member of the group, Tyler (Stephen Chambers), loses his mother under suspiscious 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 dimentia (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 grup 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.
The Corridor is currently paying in limited theatrical release and on VOD everywhere. Contact your local cable provider for details.
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