Deep Dark Michael Medaglia’s Uncanny Indie Horror

Deep Dark

Release Date: 4 September 2015 (USA)

Release: VOD

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-genre:  Horror Fantasy


A failed sculptor discovers a strange, talking hole in the wall. It has the power to fulfill his wildest dreams…and become his worst nightmare



“Deep Dark” hardly falls into the horror genre. What the film does offers is a stylish art house Thriller with dark symbolism.  Written and directed by Michael Medaglia, “Deep Dark” transforms common relationship and professional issues into a medium of surrealism and the macabre. Limited to what would normally constitutes a horror film, Michael Medaglia offers a delivery and approach that can easily make it a cult classic within the genre.

Sean McGrath portrays the protagonist, a struggling modern artist / sculptor named, Hermann Haig. Failing at his attempts at a prosperous career in the art field Hermann Haig is on the brink sabotaging his himself by self mutilation. This is where things go from a normalcy to weird. He discovers a hole in the wall within his temporary residence. At first glance the crater seems harmless, but then we wouldn’t have a film if that were the case. A female creature dwells with in the void, and will later become the source of fortune and poularity for the protagonist. Although the creature doesn’t have screen time presence its voiced by actress Denise Poirier


The film is composed without the use of CGI and visual graphic s are employed in much of cinema today. “Deep Dark” offers a plot that borderlines originality and clichéd depictions. An underlying warning is delivered in a sinister fashion, and that is to be careful what you wish for, because you may be granted it.

The cast of characters and the interchange between them are believable. The actors and actresses displayed excellence in presentation and delivery making their respected role authentic. Yet, the relationships and course of actions are expressed with simplicity. The cause and resulting effects are predictable yet some how are entertaining.


Firstly, there is a lack of backstory for whatever the creature is lurking within the wall of the dilapidated apartment. What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it living rent free? More explanation of what it is and does what it does would strengthen the film greatly.

Secondly, “Deep Dark” would suit better as a condensed short film. The eighty minute running time of the film is far too long and drags itself on unnecessary content. A revision of the script can easily eliminate unnecessary characters and their weak contributions to the film.

Closing Thoughts: 

“Deep Dark” is not a horror film but offers horror-like attributes that fall perfectly in the Thriller genre. Solid acting prospers but the simplicity of the script is borderline clichéd. Michael Medaglia offers great cinematic angles and sinister ambiance that offers a foreboding feel to the film. Fantasy and dramatic elements are blended surpurbly.




Rating Criteria

  • 0-10 Avoid
  • 11-20- Mediocre
  • 21-30 -Good
  • 31-40 – Average
  • 41-50- Decent
  • 51-60 – Stunning
  • 71-80 – Must See
  • 81-90 – Amazing
  • 91-100 – Impressive
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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.


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