Whispers in the Dark (film)
|Whispers in the Dark|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Christopher Crowe|
|Written by||Christopher Crowe|
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$11.1 million|
Whispers in the Dark is a 1992 American thriller about a psychiatrist whose patient's lover may be a serial killer. The film starred Annabella Sciorra, Jamey Sheridan, Alan Alda, Jill Clayburgh, John Leguizamo, Deborah Unger and Anthony LaPaglia. The film was released by Paramount Pictures on August 7, 1992. It was nominated for a Razzie Award for Alan Alda as Worst Supporting Actor.
The confessions of a sadomasochistic sexually obsessed patient disclosed as fantasies during Manhattan psychiatrist sessions begin to permeate the troubled doctor's subconscious as erotic dreams. This leads to a heated love affair. At the same time a series of shocking murders occur with evidence suggesting it is her new lover/patient.
- Annabella Sciorra as Ann Hecker
- Jamey Sheridan as Doug McDowell
- Anthony LaPaglia as Det. Morgenstern
- Jill Clayburgh as Sarah Green
- John Leguizamo as Fast Johnny C.
- Deborah Unger as Eve Abergray
- Alan Alda as Leo Green
- Anthony Heald as Paul
- Jacqueline Brookes as Mrs. McDowell
- Gene Canfield as Billy O'Meara
- Joe Badalucco as Undercover Cop
- Mary Colquhoun
- Bo Dietl as Detective Ditali
Principal photography began on October 21, 1991. Filming took place in and around Manhattan, New York. The place for Ann Decker's apartment was filmed at 500 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The lake house at the end was filmed at Nantucket, Massachusetts. Production was completed on January 18, 1992.
The New York Times said, "in its worst moments, [the film] is exploitative, with the detective flashing gruesome photos of tortured women at Ann. More often, it is so loopy it should have been played for laughs." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C- grade. Los Angeles Times staff writer Peter Rainer called it "a textbook thriller" and stated "Doug is so Too Good to Be True that, when the inevitable murder makes its scheduled stop, [the audience] can sniff red herring a mile away. But then this movie has so many of them—including a hot-footed cop played by Anthony LaPaglia and a psychiatrist friend of Ann's played by Alan Alda—that [audiences] practically need a trawler to get through it." It has a total of 25% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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