Yet another supernatural thriller about friends who slip into darkness while out in the woods, “The Corridor” offers little more than low-voltage shocks while plodding through familiar territory toward an underwhelming climax. Helmer Evan Kelly and scripter Josh MacDonald rely on full-volume thesping from their game cast to indicate that something really and truly terrifying is going on, but fuzzy plot development and all-too-predictable mayhem aren’t enough to elevate the Canadian-produced pic above run-of-the-mill, direct-to-video fare.
Years after their buddy Tyler (Stephen Chambers) suffers a violent meltdown after the (allegedly) accidental death of his mom, four former high-school chums celebrate his release from an institution by joining him for a reunion at his late mother’s winter cabin. But in the snow-blanketed forest outside the retreat, a possibly extraterrestrial “corridor” — a translucent, steadily growing whatnot that recalls the aliens in “The Abyss” — gradually exerts inexplicable control over the comrades, bringing their deepest fears and worst impulses to the surface. (A modestly clever irony: Because he’s heavily medicated, Tyler is immune to mind control.) Some confrontations among the lead characters are quite funny, though it’s hard to tell whether this is intentional.