Across the Hall (2009 film)
|Across the Hall|
Theaterical released poster
|Directed by||Alex Merkin|
|Produced by||Jeff Bowler
|Written by||Alex Merkin
|Music by||Bobby Tahouri|
|Edited by||Alex Merkin|
|Distributed by||Image Entertainment|
|Running time||93 minutes|
Julian (Mike Vogel) gets a call from his best friend Terry (Danny Pino). Terry goes on to tell Julian that his fiancée, June (Brittany Murphy) has cancelled her flight, which was unusual to him. He finds out June is still in town. Terry follows her and discovers that she has checked into a local hotel room. Terry rents out the room across the hall from June believing she is cheating on him. While on the phone Terry explains to Julian that, earlier that evening, he had gone to Julian's house, and discovered that he was not home. Terry then decides to brake in, and steal Julian's gun. Terry let Julian know that he is now "about to fuck up." Worried that Terry is about to kill someone, Julian tries to reason with him, telling him not to do anything. After having no success, he tells Terry to stay where he is and wait until he meets with him at the hotel in about 20 minutes. During the film, it is revealed that June had canceled her flight because she's cheating behind Terry's back with Julian. Terry finds this out when he kills June and tries to call Julian, whose cell phone was still in the hotel room that June and Julian cheated in. Terry tricks Julian into helping move June's body, framing him for her murder while the police storm the hotel.
- Mike Vogel as Julian, Terry's best friend who cheats with June
- Danny Pino as Terry, the husband who kills June and tricks Julian into getting arrested, getting his revenge.
- Brittany Murphy as June, the beautiful girl who cheats on Terry with Julian.
- Natalie Smyka as Anna, Julian's former lover who figures out Julian is cheating with June and refuses to help him.
- Brad Greenquist as The Porter and only hotel employee that helps guests register and get to their rooms.
The film has been praised by its stylish manufacture and outstanding performance by the main actors. The contrast between the emotions experienced by the main characters against the background of the rundown hotel and the formality of the porter has been pointed out as a great plot device. Nevertheless, some critics believe that the expansion of the short feature into a longer film was not entirely successful.