Welcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.
I’m sad to report I shan’t be embarking on my annual scary movie marathon this year. So, rather than 31 movies this month I’ll give you…five. BUT! I’m gonna drop the last one on Halloween, even though it falls on a Thursday. I’ll try to do something special, like write it without any pants on.
I’m pulling out all the stops this month and bringing you movies I’ve been saving for a rainy day. These next few flicks will be titles reliable sources have told me are good, which means the quality should be a little higher than my normal FNF recommends. Such is certainly the case with roughly the first 75% of The Corridor (Netflix, $3.99 Amazon). The last 25%? Well….
Let me preface this by saying this movie hits a lot of my emotional idiosyncrasies. A bunch of old pals, stranded in a snowy cabin. Past tragedy intruding on the present. Mysterious happenings afoot. Those elements are generally enough to sell me on any movie. I liked that movie Dreamcatcher and it was pretty much shit. So for me to say the last quarter of a movie with all those things is nevertheless disappointing, well, it’s probably not a good thing.
What The Corridor does have going for it is a nice ensemble, natural dialogue, intriguing supernatural possibilities, and at least one genuinely horrific moment. Detracting from all that is the aforementioned incoherent trainwreck of an ending and the worst bald cap I’ve ever seen on film. Then again, maybe I just didn’t get the ending and you’ll find it ties up the various loose ends nicely. The bald cap I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me on.
Added bonus: While the ending left me a little cold, it would make the PERFECT Canadian X-Files pilot. There’s just something about the visual effects, the blinding white light, and the video quality that makes it a spot on match for early X-Files episodes. The truth is out there, eh?