Thus ends the 10 days of film. I plan to sleep a lot.
AFF Day 10
I didn’t really get the chance to report on it in The Coast’s coverage of the AFF, but I just wanted to send out kudos to the creative team behind The Corridor, the Nova Scotia-made horror about a group of friends who encounter supernatural strangeness out in the woods. It’s pretty much blown away everyone who’s seen it. Special congrats to screenwriter Josh MacDonald and director Evan Kelly, as well as the cast.
One of the strengths of The Corridor is in the ensemble, five young actors who entirely convince as friends who’ve known each other for years, slipping into old dynamics as they reunite to help one of their number regain some semblance of normalcy. In the jocular relationship between the guys, Glen Matthews’ Jim “Hugs” Huggan is perhaps the most mature and evolved, with an off-screen wife with whom he’s struggling to start a family. Matthews manages to deftly communicate both the adult side of Jim and the bullied, still-sensitive youth underneath. He’s the guy who wants to be cool with his friends, to be an equal, but still suffers for a lack of esteem given his inability to impregnate his wife, a sensitivity with roots back to whenever he earned the nickname “Hugs.” Matthews makes Jim his own, and later, when things go bad for all the friends, his spiral into madness is strange and frightening.