From a Place of Darkness


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

According to IMDb:

 "Miles Kody, is a documentary filmmaker. Living off a long ago success he's now searching for his "second" break. He finds that in the seedy world of snuff films. He interviews Vic, a seasoned pro with a menacing, mysterious dark side. Miles becomes obsessed with the subject matter and his subject. Miles' primary investor, Carl, is also very interested, more in the hypnotic allure of the movies and potential for profit. As Miles tapes his interviews with Vic he becomes aware of the appearance of "ghosts" captured on his video monitor. He realizes that the faint energy fields of these ghosts, past victims of the snuff films, are picked up more readily on video. As a ghost becomes more powerful they become more visible to the naked eye. He soon realizes that Vic is in league with the Devil and delivers the souls of his victims to attain more power."

That summary doesn't seem to me to be precisely what happened in the film, but given that it was written by the writer/director, Douglas Alan Raine, I think we have to assume it represents what he meant to portray.

As you can deduce from the fact that it involves Satan and snuff films, it is not a light-hearted Apatow comedy. All of the characters are either morally corrupt to begin with, or are eventually possessed by the evil Vic, whoever or whatever he may be. Although Vic channels the power of Hell itself, he certainly has not sold his soul in exchange for filmmaking talent. The quality of his snuff films is somewhat below the quality of bin Laden's movies, although still slightly better than the ones with Kate Hudson and McConaughey. Nearly every scene, whether in the film or in the snuff films within the film, is shot in virtual darkness, mostly in the creepy old warehouse where Vic creates his little cinematic marvels, in which scenes are illuminated by light streaming in from a fan vent, or by the characters' flashlights.

Surprisingly enough, given the uninspired premise and the lack of budget, the film is quite effective in some ways. The script is ridiculous, but the film meets or exceeds the genre requirements for gore and kinky nude scenes, and the direction is adroit enough to transmit and sustain a dark, depraved vibe throughout, while generating some shocking moments along the way. Accomplishing that was obviously the director's priority, and the fact that he succeeded for the most part is enough to overcome many of the film's liabilities.

Some of the actors are unpolished, but other performances are quite interesting. John Savage, now a youthful 60, is quietly sinister as the mysterious Vic. One of the minor roles, a sleazy investor hoping to profit from snuff films, is played with surprising conviction by ... (wait for it) ... a famous television sitcom douchebag. I won't tell you exactly who that is, but I'll tell you that it comes from the following list: Pottsy, Balki, Cliffy, Squiggy, or Barney Rubble.

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4.8 IMDB summary (of 10)


Straight to video



Nikki Flux was topless for a nasty sex scene which occupied about 90 seconds of time during the opening credits.

Clad only in bikini bottom underwear, Elina Madison got snuffed later on. (I'm not completely sure about this ID) 


Our Grade:

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Low grade but watchable genre fare.