Whether an expecting mom’s nightmares are conjuring up a goth-styled mortuary existence, or the mortuary gal is dreaming of being pregnant is up in the air in the terminally bad “Dark Corners.” Lurching by the reel toward the lower tier of recent horror pics, writer-director Ray Gower’s film taps into everything from the look of “Saw” to bits from David Lynch and “Hellraiser” with ever-diminishing returns. Horror marketplace would seem too crowded for such a non-starter, though vid stores will leave a space in the back.
Pregnant Susan (Thora Birch) is so disturbed by visions of a ghoulish serial killer (Oliver Price) and a woman named Karen (also Birch, in goth-like makeup) who works around the dead that she seeks help from an intimidating shrink (Toby Stephens). Karen, in turn, dreams about Susan, and both women grow to realize they may have a doppelganger dogging them — to say nothing of the killer. While there’s enough narrative and visual material for a genuinely creepy film, pic devolves into a disappointing game of mind tricks. Birch gives the impression she went through the ringer, but with little to show for it.