Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Film Review: THE CORRIDOR (2010)

Death can cause childhood trauma that can stay with a person until that person either overcomes it or it consumes them.  This is what happens when a group of high school friends get together for a retreat in order to help one of them get over the unusual death of his mother which left him briefly in a hospital.  Once at this cabin in the middle of nowhere the men discover something unnatural just within the woods – an almost invisible corridor.  In The Corridor (2010) these four friends discover an anomaly in the woods that causes minute changes in their physiology.  It starts to drive them unstable and they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the corridor a secret from outsiders but time is running out as the corridor grows larger consuming everything in its path.
The people trapped in the cabin with an exterior force on the other side of the door is something made infamous through The Evil Dead (1981) and for which has been often copied time and time again.  Although this is the set up for this film it detours significantly as this corridor is harmless until the four friends decide to keep it for themselves and then things start to take a turn for the worse as each turn on others and themselves leading to a bloody ending.

The film holds its own as a film about the mental breakdown of the characters and the effects of true friendship against all odds.  For some it may go too extreme in the third act as there is a lot of bloodshed but fans of horror will not be disappointed.  If anything, horror fans will be dismayed with the type of film this is as it starts off as a drama then goes into sci-fi territory before ending on a very gory horror note.  For those looking for something a little different this might be right up your alley.

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