The Dark Place (Movie Review)

Keegan Dark (Blaise Embry: Ladies Like Us 2014, The Amateur 2014) is a strange and unusual young man, but his boyfriend Will (Timo Descamps: More 2012, Lost Angel 2013) is very understanding and tries to help Keegan deal with his issues. Keegan pulls away from Will at regular intervals but then pulls him closer un-expectantly,which confused Will as towards Keegan’s feelings. The Dark Place is the latest movie from Blue Seraph Productions in the United States, released on June 14th, 2014. Written and directed by Jody Wheeler (eScape 2010, Judas Kiss 2011), The Dark Place is a Psychological Thriller that focuses on Keegan, who has the remarkable condition of Hyperthymesia, which means he cannot forget anything, ever. He is incredibly smart and perceptive, which causes him issues dealing with other people. Keegan does not talk about his past, which includes his mother Celeste (Shannon Day: Before and After 2013, South of Heaven 2014), his late brother and his late Father, nor the winery Dark Wines that has been in his family for generations.

Still from The Dark Place
The Dark Place still

Keegan is forced to confront his demons as he impulsively goes to visit his mother Celeste and brings Will with him. When Keegan and Will arrive at the winery, Keegan learns that his mother met a man named Adrian (Andy Copeland: Everything Will Be Fine 2010, Runestone 2015) on a recent cruise, and they got married. Adrian has a son Jake (Sean Paul Lockhart: Judas Kiss 2011Triple Crossed 2013), and they are both living with Celeste and their palatial estate. Lots of things have changed since Keegan last went home two years ago, high off his head. His old lover and friend, Ernie (Eduardo Rioseco: Chastity Bites 2013, As You Like It 2014), has become a Lawyer, helped Keegan’s mother Celeste make a large sum of money from the winery, and it is soon to become open to the public, which would bring a lot more money to Celeste, and in turn her new husband, stepson, and son. Ernie also harbors his own secrets, that further complicates Keegan’s life.

The Dark Place still
The Dark Place still

Shortly after arriving at Dark Wines, Keegan becomes uneasy about Jake and Adrian and starts to believe that Adrian and Jake are out to hurt Celeste. Keegan is quick to anger, and when Jake taunts him about his mother preferring him, Keegan loses the plot and crashes Wills car into an old shed. He is admitted to the hospital and despite warning Adrian, who is a Doctor at the hospital that he has a severe allergy to opiates, he is given some and nearly dies but manages to save himself. Keegan is a self confessed recovering alcohol and substance abuser, and a huge jerk. This makes it very difficult for anyone to believe Keegan’s conspiracy theories. Combined with Keegan’s smartass behavior, makes it impossible for anyone to reason with him or help him rationalize what is going on.

After his stunt with the car, Celeste is unwilling to allow Keegan’s behavior to spiral out of control, which is usually the case, and insists he leaves. Will, having had enough of Keegan’s secrets and sarcasm, leaves and Keegan is forced to face his damaged mental health. When Celeste falls into a deep and sudden coma, Keegan is determined to find the truth, which means dealing with his painful past. His pleas to the Sheriff Timmer (Allison Lane: Carefree 2014, The Dryad Tree 2015) go unheard and she believes that Keegan is trying to kill Celeste to inherit the large sum of money he would get. Keegan does not know where to turn and turns to his old friend Ernie who holds a lot of hostility for Keegan after the accident, which Keegan survived. Keegan soon finds himself on the run, trying to prove that Adrian and Jake are con men and he is innocent.

Still from The Dark Place
Still from The Dark Place

Keegan finds the strength to sort through the multitude of memories in his brain to figure out the clues and connections between everything going on, or he will also face a certain death, but at whose hands? Keegan is in a race adjacent time with on one on his side as he faces either arrest or death. The Dark Place is a tightly wound intense movie and it is refreshing to see gay characters that are not stereotypical media adaptations, but rather ordinary people. Keegan and Will have a loving yet challenging relationship and any intimacy between them is appropriately placed and tasteful. Blaise Embry does an incredible job as Keegan and there are plenty of twists and turns in this movie that keep the viewer on the edge of their seat. There are a few comedic moments to break up the tension and darkness of the movie, and it appears to have more layers than an onion. It is a must watch for all movies fans and a refreshing change of pace. CrypticRock gives The Dark Place 5 out of 5 stars.

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