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I'm glad I stayed up to watch this one - I'd actually turned on the
television to watch the previous movie that night and fortunately decided to
keep on the same channel. I wasn't familiar with any of the cast before this
movie, but the script was well written and the actors portrayed all the
This is definitely a movie where you have to keep your brain switched on to "thinking" mode to enjoy properly. Hardly surprising when almost all the characters are psychiatrists, detectives or patients on the therapists couch. The main theme of the movie is what happens when love is blind and you trust your instincts rather than the sober voices of friends around you. In a rather chilling twist, you are also made to consider just how much you should trust your friends who may have their own ulterior motives behind their apparent concern.
I along with, I imagine, most people watching this movie had the ending all figured out in my head - or so I thought until one of the best twists I can think of in a thriller - and was just waiting to see how and when they were going to prove me correct. I was, of course, completely wrong and a dramatic turn of events towards the end made this a thoroughly enjoyable movie which left me analysing the analysts long after the final credits had rolled. For those who enjoy this genre, I would highly recommend "Whispers In The Dark". I rated it at 8 out of 10 after one viewing, although I may have to watch again to decide if I should have rated it a 9. Definitely worth a night in.
Wow, who'd thought it. A 90's underground thriller with unknown cast
and title; nobody would expect a big thing out of it. But that's when
This film is hugely entertaining; the story develops very quickly and intensely, the writer/director is really professional on how to get the spectator. The story is original and unpredictable, you never know what is gonna happen next. The outcome is the most impossible to guess, I really doubt anyone can find it out before the last 15 minutes. The whole thing is similar to "Never Talk To Strangers", both have a great twist in the end. It's really such a shame that there aren't even 1000 voters on this title's page, this film deserved to be much more recognized. See it if you like an intense suspense!
Edit: I have to complaint about Brazilian's title. They translated it to something like "Whispers of Pleasure", and I saved this film on my television after it was on a cable channel. My parents saw it's title and surely thought I recorded some kind of porn, when actually it was just a thriller.
Entertaining story. But hopefully it's not indicative of the world of
psychiatry. Some real on-the-edge folks here. Even the police lieutenant
a ripe candidate for analysis - though to judge from the film you wonder
analysis accomplishes anything useful.
For the most part good acting work put in by a first rate cast. Leave the analyzing to the movie and enjoy the ride.
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(Spoilers) I have to agree with all the negative analysis posted
already. Saw this movie on cable last night and it was disappointing
(but hey I watched the whole thing).
First, it was obvious Alan Alda would be the killer. He was too interested in the psychiatrist and kept meddling in her life. But like every transition in this film, he was revealed in a totally heavy handed way. And how believable is it that he was totally obsessed with her for years, was killing people to protect her, and then when she says he is frightening her that is enough for him to instantly snap and try to kill her on the spot in a rage? Boy he sure got over that crush in a hurry! After committing all these clever crimes he admits to the murders in front of his wife and immediately smashes a wine bottle over her head. How was he going to deal with that? Also, she was such a poor psychiatrist, the best she could do was immediately reveal her revulsion and run away in fear? Not an ounce of cleverness in dealing with an obvious psycho who she knew was in love with her and who she could have manipulated.
The way she discovers he is obsessed with her! He tells her to go in the music cabinet to put on a song and there he has his audio notes of all his sessions with her neatly labeled so that she, his wife, anyone, can pick it up and hear him saying he is obsessed with her. The tapes themselves were as corny and unbelievable as his coming back home and just hearing her playing them at full volume.
When I say disjointed, the quirks of the detective, the female patient, the boyfriend are never explored they were just weird characters who didn't really fit in the movie. Were we supposed to care about Paglia's detective? Was he attracted to her? All of a sudden we're watching a troubled cop movie (briefly) as if this were a different movie.
After Leguizamo obviously thought it was her behind the mirror (Paglia absurdly keeps showing her pictures through the glass and asking her rhetorical questions about psychoanalysis) they just let him go and surprise surprise, he next appears at her place to take revenge. And no one saw that coming? Then we have Leguizamo who has spent his life torturing women, has her tied up and he cant do a thing to her, suddenly we are supposed to sympathize with his troubled character and of course she is completely worried about a psycho who moments ago hog tied her.
This is the kind of film that is so cheesy, so illogical, so obvious you really wish they would give you all these stars and a budget and let you make the film because yes most people would have insisted on doing a better job. This was a real waste of potential.
Parting shot, the closing scene of her so happy with the boyfriend as if this were a happy ending to a romantic comedy, trivial fake conversation between two people with no chemistry, didn't even need to be in the film. The boyfriend wasn't an appealing character, was too old for her, and it was like saying hey if this movie wasn't corny enough, let's make you watch several minutes more of something pointless between two people who were never believable in their parts.
A pretty standard mystery thriller, but absorbing nonetheless. The sometimes impossibly contrived plot is chock-full of strange coincidences and red herrings, but the film is so competently and professionally made that you can ignore the script's weaknesses and enjoy the work of a director who seems to have a genuine feel for the genre. Most of the performances are also very good, giving weight to their roles and making the movie more respectable. (**1/2)
Christopher Crowe was a director who really intrigued me, where I loved Saigon, with all that original great dialogue, if only with all that self consciousness that hampered it. Amazingly here, this psychological thriller, is constructed all the same way with those red herrings, and the guy suiciding, case closed, killer dead, two thirds of the way through. Only again, annoyingly it bites us in the ass, where our jumper wasn't the killer. Quite annoyingly here, I'm saying for those who have seen Saigon. Like that one, I really find this one entertaining as f..k too. WITD which missed a cinema run, is only heightened by it's really good and surprising performances, though Hawkeye's Alda was obviously miscast, flat, where Paglia is fun as a dubious and nosey detective, with a lot of issues. Sciorra (Internal Affairs) is really good as a New York psychiatrist, plagued by this recurring dream previewed throughout the balsy sexy opening, played against a beautiful mellow romantic score, where two nude figures, who remain faceless, are fornicating. She entrusts old family friend/psychiatrist, Leo (the plain banal Alda) who has more on his mind than psychiatry, while also getting off on a beautiful female patient's story, where later, this poor girl becomes the murder victim. By this time, Sciorra has become a prime murder suspect, as having, taken up an affair with the victim's ex, an avid pilot (Jamie Sheridan) a real likable performance. Not only that, the late victim, had stolen some of her files which makes for some juicy reading. Another big suspect is one of her patients (Leguizamo) as a troubled artist, with a known history for sexually abusing and battering woman, where we see first hand, some frank photos. This is the sleaze element of the film, but it doesn't mar that at all, as it's down in style. I don't know why, but I really find this film an entertaining watch, as a viewing it several times. As for violence inferred, apart from the sexual, there's hardly any blood letting, some shown in lesser or no detail, like in long shots. A guilty fun moment is the end, and leading up to that where the sick f..k killer, who I never picked in my first viewing, reveals himself. I always thought it was stupid though to leave those incriminating out in the open and not locked up. There's a lot of interesting and different touches as to characters, occupations, and their troubles. Deborah Kara Unger is hot too, in her sexy confronting disrobe, while great character actor Anthony 'Doctor Chilton' appears in a limited number of scenes, as Sciorra's old self centered, if pathetic, boyfriend. WITD is a 'with' it 90's sexual psychological thriller drama, with style. It has an interesting script, and obviously deserves much more credit than it's given, as well as being a respected thriller/drama.
I think this movie was incredibly underrated. I thought there were many standout performances..Annabella Sciorra, Deborah Unger and Jamie Sheridan amongst others. Annabella Sciorra gives a beautifully sensitive performance. If you liked her in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle you will love her in this film. Deborah Unger is absolutely mesmerizing in her role. Her best performance ever. Jamie Sheridan is very credible as the romantic yet mysterious male lead. I thought it was beautifully directed and worked very well on many levels...suspenseful, sexy, dramatic. I thought the ending was totally unpredictable. For a 'small' film that most people have never heard of I think it was fantastic and would highly recommend it. I can never go past it when it is on cable. Must have seen in at least 15-20 times. Check it out!
On the silver screen, psychological mystery thrillers kinky or
otherwise, whether major studio or independent have always been
popular, and the early-to-mid 1990s produced more than their fair
share. For example, recognize the following: "The Silence of the Lambs"
(1991), "Basic Instinct" (1992), "Jennifer Eight" (1992), "Sliver"
(1993), "Color of Night" (1994), "Knight Moves" (1995), and "Copycat"
In "Whispers in the Dark," Ann Hecker (Annabella Sciorra), who is ending her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Paul, practices as a psychiatrist in Manhattan. She is told by one of her patients, Eve Abergray (Deborah Unger) attractive but sexually perverted about her sexual sado-masochistic/bondage practices with her boyfriend. Ann seems to take it all in with high interest. As Ann seems turned on by her own dreams of sexual bondage, she consults with her former therapist (when she attended college) and friend Leo Green (Alan Alda). Another of Ann's patients, Latino Johnny Castillo (John Leguizano), a sadist, likes to paint sexual fantasies (as opposed to acting them out). Both Eve and Johnny are unbalanced, to say the least, and Ann does not seem to have solutions. On one of the office visits, Eve removes most of her clothing and masturbates in front of Ann. The bewildered psychiatrist can only ogle. Later on Johnny C. breaks into Ann's apartment and hogties her for a short time before freeing her and jumping outside her window ledge. Talk about being just a bit troubled!
One day Ann sees airplane pilot Doug McDowell (Jamey Sheridan) on the elevator in her office building. Before long the two are dating, but Doug has some dark secrets. One of these is that he is Eve's sexual partner in bondage! When Eve discovers that Ann is dating Doug, she becomes intractable; she steals some files and tapes from Ann's office that she plans to use against the psychiatrist. When Eve is found dead, hanging nude, Ann's suspicions focus on Doug. Enter Detective Larry Morgenstern (Anthony LaPaglia). Morgenstern tries to get Ann to release her office files to him, but Ann will not agree. Nevertheless, Morgenstern is insistent and dogs Ann at every turn. He tells her that he has found the tapes that Eve had stolen. "Those tapes are my property. I'd like them back," she demands. "No! Material evidence in a murder investigation," sneers Morgenstern.
After Johnny C. falls from the window ledge to his death, Ann seeks solace with Leo Green, as she did not realize that the sadistically deranged artist had previously tortured many women. "Oh come on," retorts Leo, "a bright psychopath can fool anybody." What! Later this line will make some sense. When Doug takes Ann to visit his mother, Mrs. McDowell, she tells Ann that Doug was once married. His wife Jenny hanged herself after sustaining severe depression. Doug admits that there was violence in the marriage: Jenny attacked him because of his affair with another. Shocked, Ann confides this information to Leo, who in turns relays it to Morgenstern. Ann is disappointed in Leo's action. Before that, Morgenstern had told Ann that as Johnny C.'s alibi checked out with regard to Eve's death, the unhinged artist could not have killed her. Right after Morgenstern is found dead in the airplane hangar of McDowell Aviation. Suspicions continue to focus on Doug. Meanwhile Ann has returned to get solace from Leo and his wife at the Nantucket seashore. There is no reason to expose the last one-fifth of the feature and major twist to the movie. But it can be stated confidentially that there is one turn too many.
The main charters here psychiatrists, patients, and police are not particularly likable. But the movie features excellent performances by Alan Alda, Anthony La Paglia (the Italian Aussie), and Deborah Unger; Annabella Sciorra is good enough. Jamey Sheridan is hardly appealing: note his large head. Actually his character is quite dubious. The Manhattan camera-shooting is not really used to any specific advantage; there is an aerial shot of Nantucket. Although panned by critics, the feature is still nicely filmed and is attention-getting despite some script weaknesses and a ludicrous double-twisted ending. Just watch it for its entertainment value.
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(There are Spoilers) Psychological thriller that takes a while to
unwind with young 27 year-old psychiatrist Ann Hacker,Annabella
Sciorra,getting involved with one of her patients Eva Abergray, Deborah
Kara Unger,lovers. We find out early in the movie that Ann herself had
been under psychiatric care when she was in college by her professor
and good friend Leo Green, Alan Alda, after her fathers suicide. Leo
and his wife Sara, Jill Clayberg, are always around and helpful to Ann
who seems to need more therapy then any of her patients in the film.
Trying to help Eva overcome her wild and kinky sexual fantasies and obsessions, that tended to be very destructive and S&M-like, Ann decides to see Eva at the Tavern on the Green restaurant where she told her that she meets her lover every Wednesday. Ann is both shocked and flabbergasted to find out that he's her new boyfriend the aw shucks and boyish country boy, he originally comes from a small town in Iowa, fly-boy Doug McDowell, Jamey Sheridan.
When Eva finds out that her doctor Ann Hecker, who she was very open with, was secretly having an affair with her lover Doug she blew her stack and made a scene in the lobby of the office building where Ann had her practice that left Ann & Doug feeling a bit embarrassed. The worse was yet to come when Eva is found hanged in her apartment by Ann, who came over to apologize, the very next day.
The movie then goes into the whereabouts and actions of another of Ann's patients John Boy Costillo ,John Leguizamo, a prime suspect in Eve's death. John Boy who after having a long record of beating up and abusing women became a well known inner city artist due to Ann's professional help in having John Boy overcome his violent nature.
John Boy is taken into custody by Det. Morgenstern, Anthony LaPaglia, who works him over with Ann present ,on the other side of a two-way mirror, who then leaves in disgust in what Morganstern did to her sweet and sensitive patient. John Boy, who feels that Ann betrayed him to the police, pays Ann a visit the next evening tying her up and threatening to burn Ann with cigarette butts. It not long afterword that John Boy suddenly loses it and jumps on the window ledge loudly proclaiming his innocent to Ann and the whole world in Eva murder. With the police being called to get the disturbed and hysterical John Boy off the window ledge he slips and, with Det. Morganstern trying to pull him in, falls to his death.
You would think that Eva's murder was finally solved with John Boy's, the only suspect in her murder, death but it later comes out that John Boy's alibi, on where he was the day that Eva was killed, checked out! This causes Det. Morganstern to hit the bottle and drink himself silly. But there was a major clue that the police and Ann overlooked and it had to do with a tape that was recorder by Leo Green, when he was treating Ann for depression, some seven years ago. That clue turned out to be the key to who not only killed Eva but would later murder Det. Morgenstern when he was getting too close to the truth.
The movie "Whispers in the Dark" kept you guessing to who the killer was and when he finally revealed himself his actions were so eerily slow and psychotic that it took you a while, like Ann, to realize that he was at all capable of committing the sick and murderous acts that he did in the film. The ending was a bit too hard to take with Ann, who was anything but a match for this crazed and uncontrollable psycho, being able not only to outrun but also, when cornered, fight and finish him off after getting an ice pick stuck in her leg.
Earth to whomever? This movie is fiction. Like fiction on the silver
screen, TV, or a book, it is not meant to educate. It is meant to
entertain. Anyone failing to grasp this fundamental truth should not
rent this movie or watch TV or watch 99% of the movies ever made. They
should, instead, watch documentaries.
Of course the killer is obvious from the beginning. He and the other actors turn in average (at best) performances.
Annabella Sciorra was 28 when this movie was made. She was a good choice for an entertaining movie. Yes, she would "supernova" in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle when compared to this movie. Yet that means not that her performance was poor; indeed, she shines in Whispers In The Dark.
Overall it is an enjoyable movie for those that realize that fiction is almost always predictable when it appears in a movie.
It entertains, and that is what it should do.
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