A turn-off psycho-sexual thriller, Whispers in the Dark grows steadily more absurd by the reel until literally stumbling into the ocean at its climax.

A turn-off psycho-sexual thriller, Whispers in the Dark grows steadily more absurd by the reel until literally stumbling into the ocean at its climax.

Looking pale and vulnerable, Annabella Sciorra essays a meek Gotham shrink who begins getting turned on by tales of bondage and great sex confided by her patient Deborah Unger, a disturbing development she confides to her professional mentor (Alan Alda).

Ending a relationship with b.f. Anthony Heald, Sciorra begins falling for straight-arrow pilot Jamey Sheridan, but then discovers Sheridan is the sex partner Unger so deliciously describes. In a tiff, Unger makes off with some of Sciorra’s private files and tapes but, before you can say ropes and handcuffs, Sciorra finds Unger murdered in her gallery.

Detective Anthony LaPaglia develops a thing for Sciorra while investigating the case, and it all devolves into a guessing game over which of these men killed Unger and may or may not be threatening Sciorra.

Some initial interest is generated by the intensely erotic performance of Unger, and by the unavoidable voyeuristic appeal of the numerous private sexual revelations. But a succession of psychiatric sessions do not a plot make, and writer-director Christopher Crowe nudges the picture along a very narrow track without coupling the viewer to the train.

Whispers in the Dark

Production

Paramount. Director Christopher Crowe; Producer Martin Bregman, Michael S. Bregman; Screenplay Christopher Crowe; Camera Michael Chapman; Editor Bill Pankow; Music Thomas Newman; Art Director John Jay Moore

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1992. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Annabella Sciorra Jamey Sheridan Anthony LaPaglia Jill Clayburgh John Leguizamo Deborah Unger
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