Hermann is a failed artist, living in his mother’s basement, trying to make a name for himself within the art world. On the verge of cutting off his fingers to give up art and collect a disability check, Hermann gives his art one last try. He enlists the advice of his uncle, who tells him he knows just what he needs. He offers Hermann a studio apartment that “inspired” him to become the successful artist he has become.
Hermann movies into the apartment and befriends an entity living inside the wall. The wall not only gives Hermann inspiration, but actually creates trinkets that he affixes to his projects that make everyone fall in love. Soon he is selling pieces for 50K and is much desired in the art world. But when Hermann starts dating the owner of a popular art house, the thing in the wall becomes jealous. Is Hermann really in love with the art-house owner, or will the hole show him what true love really is?
DEEP DARK is written and directed by first time feature director Michael Medaglia.
This film is certainly not for everyone. If you are a fan of strange, innovative, and original films like CHASING SLEEP, MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH, or SEPTIC MAN, like me, you will certainly enjoy this film.
The story is out there, I mean really out there, but as far-fetched and outrageous as it is, Medaglia does a great job of creating this story that is well-grounded, making you forget about how far-fetched it is — you believe that this shit is actually happening. I even kinda felt empathy for the hole in the wall at the end of the film, which shows what great writing can do with any subject matter. Would I have, in a million years, thought I would be watching a film and feeling sorry for a bloody hole in a wall?! That’s talent right there. Also, the hole is voiced by Denise Poirier, who’s voice is…well…sexy. While watching the film you actually begin to form a mental picture of the hole as a character, giving it a face in your own mind.
This is more of a fucked up psychological thriller than a horror film, so the blood and guts is scarce. There is a scene at the end of the film that gives you some bloody fun disembowelment, but that’s certainly not what this film is about. The film is about fucking with your mind, twisting it, asking you what you would do for success, and challenges what you think love is.
The film is certainly one of my top ten films so far of 2015. I really dig these kinds of films, films that take you into a completely different world, and not just re-telling a story that you’ve seen or read a thousand and one times.
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