Whispers in the Dark Reviews
(1992) Whispers In The Dark
ADULT MYSTERY THRILLER
Great first hour but after the first so-called murder happen, it goes to ridiculous territory. Shrink Ann ( Annabella Sciorra) with only two patients start to get turned on with her female patient eve played by Deborah Unger verbal expression of sadomasicist or that she start to get consistent dreams about them. She expresses this issue with former colleague Doug played by Alan Alda. Anthony LaPaglia also stars as Homicide investigator cop Larry Morgenstern is a really big joke since he's taking liberties that is not proper police protocol. This movie is not even erotic as it's adult stuff is only verbally described with some hard to make out and dark re-enactments. Jill Clayburgh also stars as Leo's wife, and John Leguizamo plays one her dysfunctional patients as John.
1 star out of 4
The "erotic" dialoge comes off as funny rather than sexy, and the story is seriously muddled. It's hard to take any of this seriously, and the plot is filled with cliches and great stretches of credibility. The plot twist at the end is surprising, but mostly because it's so farfetched and implausible that is virtually impossible to see coming. I would have liked to have been at the screenwriters meeting when the straws were drawn to determine who the killer would be. It feels that random.
The film is also horribly miscast, whether it be Jill Clayburgh fatally underused in her small part or a ridiculous performance by Alan Alda that inspires more laughs than the crappy writing. But the worst offender of all is star Annabella Sciorra in the lead role. She's not a bad actress, as she proved in last year's terrific "Jungle Fever", but she's all wrong for this part. She's not tough enough to pull this off, and it's also kind of silly that the film has her psychiatrist character running to HER psychiatrist after every session. A Linda Fiorentino might have pulled this off, but the character is still underwritten and unfocused.
It makes a valiant effort, but "Whispers in the Dark" doesn't quite succeed as a new camp classic. As it stands now, it's just ridiculous.