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Left In Darkness (2006/Horror)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extra: C     Feature: C-



Is Hollywood and connected entities ruining their product by rushing things too much?  That has become an increasingly voiced question as more and more product turns out lopsided, dumb, awful or failed for common sense reasons it does not have to.  This includes the simplest genre works and Steven R. Monroe’s Left In Darkness (2006) is the latest such example from Stephen J. Cannell and IDT, owners of Anchor Bay Entertainment.


It is even issued under that DVD label, yet the production does not bare that name synonymous with Horror and that should tell us something is wrong here.  Monica Keene from Freddy vs. Jason is young 21-year-old Monica, a young lady whose mother died at childbirth.  Monica has this complex that the death is her fault and befalls a worse fate that including rape and murder, though she is not dead.  Instead, she is in another world between heaven/hell or life/death or something like that.  I say “something” because all kinds of things are started here that are not finished.


Besides trivializing (intended or not) rape and murder, throwing in the tired old guardian angel who might be devil or angel (we should ask singer Melanie if she can figure it out) and you have a final product with no distinction that at any time could have picked up and at least been watchable if the Philip Daly/Jane Whitney script had not been so flat.  The title therefore refers to where the viewer will be after watching this nonsense.


The 1.85 X 1 image is not bad, but lacks clarity and detail that has nothing to do with the genre.  Cinematographer Matt Heckerling cannot seem to come up with enough of a way to distinguish the difference between the real world and other world visually, so he can forget that A.S.C. membership for a while.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a little better than the 2.0 Pro Logic mix, but that is it.  Extras include a wacky featurette where (as a tie-in to the story) many involved in production are asked about their 21st birthday, the poor trailer, a making of featurette and lame audio commentary that makes the film only seem worse.  Our case was dubbed a “special glow-in-the-dark edition” because the paperboard slipcase had parts of it that did glow in the dark.  Too bad that was more visually entertaining than any shot in the final product.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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