Stephen Chambers (left) and James Gilbert encounter lots of weirdness in The Corridor.
THE CORRIDOR (Evan Kelly) Rating: NNN
After premiering at the Toronto After Dark festival last fall, this moody Nova Scotia thriller about five friends who encounter inexplicable phenomena at a remote cabin opens at the Projection Booth.
The story's a little tense from the beginning, what with the gang assembling to welcome Tyler (Stephen Chambers) back from a stint in a mental institution after his mother's death. It's complicated further when Tyler discovers a mysterious energy corridor in the woods - and more still when contact with the corridor affects Tyler and his friends in strange ways.
Director Evan Kelly has said he wasn't influenced by Stephen King, but it certainly feels like screenwriter Josh MacDonald thumbed through old copies of Dreamcatcher and The Tommyknockers while plotting the film. Or maybe there are only so many ways to handle the whole cabin-in-the-woods thing.
At any rate, this variant makes a point of constructing credible psychological motivations for most of its characters before all the weirdness starts. The weirdness itself is a little disappointing - when the horror stuff kicks in, it feels more like someone's thrown a switch somewhere than a natural progression of the story - but at least we care about the people involved.
Opens Friday (May 18) at the Projection Booth.