"Deep Dark" is a indie dark madness in perfect tone with stylish arthouse horror. The film is directed by Michael Medaglia and stars Mary McDonald-Lewis, Erin Hagen, Don Alder, Sean McGrath, with Denise Poirier as the whole and John Nielsen. "Deep Dark" is a strange and wild journey into symbolism, and almost male-chauvinist themes that either over-sexual women or see them as negative cliches. And yet it is all more entertaining and captivating than one would think.
Synopsis: Hermann, a failed sculptor, is about to kill himself when he finds a strange, talking hole in the wall. The creature in the hole (Denise Poirier, the voice of ÆON FLUX) has the power to fulfill his wildest dreams, but things go horribly wrong and when the killing starts, Hermann is thrust into the worst nightmare of his life. Deep Dark is a twisted tale warning you to be careful what you wish for, because it just might get you.
The story is a bizarre play on male/ female relationships in both the professional and person life. It does ride on familiar and redundant archetypes in the stories that reek of 'the battle of the sexes'. Normally the film is a comedy or high camp theatre, "Deep Dark" is neither, it is a heavy indie slice of surrealism and the macabre. It is hands down a instant cult classic for the new age horror fan. Medaglia is creative, risque, and blunt in his design and vision. And the relationship between the characters are real, authentic and justified in their cliched depictions, which you wouldn't think feels anything but ridiculous-and yet there is a real connection with not only the protagonist but also the antagonist-a whole in the wall!
The special effects are limited in "Deep Dark". The few scenes that have gore or blood give it good, but there isn't a lot of it. Enough to make the film look and feel like real modern horror. Oh, and they are all practical effects. The real special effect in "Deep Dark" though is the ability Michael Medaglia has in getting you to connect, and buy into this relationship between a struggling artist and a whole in the wall that is a woman. This is a bizarre film and the fans are gonna bit very mixed about the story, but I found it slightly more provocative than ridiculous.