New on DVD: Across the Hall

New on DVD: Across the Hall

For a minimalist thriller, Across the Hall succeeds in building tension and providing a few surprises along the way. Sadly, it is one of Brittany Murphy’s final roles. The noir thriller follows a tense standoff between a young man, his best friend and his fiancée. Terry (Danny Pino) discovers his fiancée, June (Murphy), has checked […]


For a minimalist thriller, Across the Hall succeeds in building tension and providing a few surprises along the way. Sadly, it is one of Brittany Murphy’s final roles.

The noir thriller follows a tense standoff between a young man, his best friend and his fiancée. Terry (Danny Pino) discovers his fiancée, June (Murphy), has checked into a hotel with another man. Drowning his sorrows in alcohol has fuelled a fateful and fatal decision. Desperate and afraid of what he will do, Terry calls his best friend, Julian (Mike Vogel), admitting he’s in the room across the hall from June with a gun and plans to kill her lover.

The film is a feature-length version of director Alex Merkin’s 2005 short film of the same name. As the order of events is jumbled, the direction of the story and actions of the characters are difficult to predict; this keeps a story that could otherwise have been unsurprising interesting. While very little detail is revealed about the three characters, the intensity keeps the audience engaged. Furthermore, the film can even justify a second viewing to watch for clues that may point to the conclusion.

Murphy’s performance is very similar to her portrayal of Shellie in Sin City; she’s equally strong and frightened as the narrative plays out around her. Meanwhile, Vogel and Pino drive the story as Julian races to Terry’s aid. All three performances are solid, creating a captivating mystery.

Special features include: a making-of featurette; “Working with director Alex Merkin”; “The Call”; and “Working with friends.”