Left In Darkness DVD Review

Written by Peter West

DVD released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Directed by Steven R. Monroe
Written by Philip Daay & Jane Whitney
2006, Region 1 (NTSC), 88 minutes, Not rated
DVD released on September 19th, 2006

Starring:
Monica Keena
David Anders
Tim Thomerson

Movie (from Anchor Bay press release):

Her mother died in childbirth, and she always felt responsible for the tragedy. When her father disappeared, her grandparents raised her. As she got older, her sense of guilt grew deeper. And on the night of her 21st birthday, Celia (Monica Keena of FREDDY VS. JASON) is drugged, raped and dies of an accidental overdose at a wild college frat party. But for some, death is only the beginning: Trapped in a netherworld between sanctuary and damnation, Celia must now battle the demons – including hordes of horrific Soul Eaters – that prowl the Afterlife. Is the spirit of her recently deceased grandfather (Tim Thomerson of TRANCERS) trying to lure her to an eternity of suffering? Can her guardian angel (David Anders of ALIAS) safely lead her to the other side? And for a young woman caught in limbo, is there any way to go towards the light when your soul is LEFT IN DARKNESS?

Review:

Seeing that Steven Monroe directed two films that I enjoyed (House of 9 and It Waits), I was looking forward to this one. So much for high expectations 10 minutes into this one... What could have been a cool film was a big snoozefest... While David Anders has a few good moments, Monica Keena on the other hand did not add anything to the film. Maybe carrying a film is beyond what her talents allows? The story of souleaters I somewhat enjoyed in The Order, while here because of lack of information (you never knew why this limbo exists) I felt "Well so what?".

This is another one of the Stephen J. Cannell / Anchor Bay releases and so far they have been hit or miss. I guess with movies it's the same as with TV series. Some succeed, some get canceled! The only good thing I can say about this DVD is that the box has a "glow in the dark" cover...

Video and Audio:

Left In Darkness is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, as with most straight to DVD releases from Anchor Bay the picture is excellent.

Left In Darkness has both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround track. The score while not spectacular, at least sounds good!

Special Features:

There's a couple of featurettes, In The Darkness: The Making of Left In Darkness and My 21st Birthday (cast and crew share memories of their 21st birthdays), commentary by director Steven Monroe and producer John Duffy and lastly a trailer.

Grades:

Movie: 2 Stars
Video: 4 Stars
Audio: 3.5 Stars
Features: 3.5 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars

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