One of the things I love about films is black & white. When a movie is filmed in black and white, there is just something about it that makes it have a whole different feel about it. Especially if it’s a horror film or suspense/thriller. The film KITCHEN SINK, is filmed this way and it works. It is about a woman who is cleaning her house. Floor, counter, dishes, and of course, the kitchen sink. As she is cleaning it, she discovers a hair. A black, stringy, nasty clump of hair. She doesn’t understand how or why it’s there, but it just is. She begins to pull on it and it keeps coming out more and more.
She is interrupted by the door bell and she goes to the front door to see who it is. While she’s gone we see a strange movement going through the pipes under the sink. She returns to the sink to continue pulling on the hair to find out just what it is. Then, the phone rings, she is taken away from her mission to find out what it could be? When she returns again, the hair has lead to a face, then a body, and then it’s in her sink. She is frightened and confused. How could this be? From her pipes? Scared, she put’s it in a garbage bag and dumps it in the trash can.
Her curiousity get’s the best of her and she later takes it out of the trash and put’s it in her bathtub, filling it up with water. She steps away for awhile and when she returns, she is shocked to find that the body is now full sized! It is a human and it is covered in hair all over! She decides to shave it. From head to toe, she cleans it all up, put’s the body in clothes, and then put’s it next to her in her bed. For some reason, by sleeping with it, maybe she felt it would “come to life”, but in the morning it’s still a motionless body. Into another bag it goes, but it’s this body bag that brings it to life. She has a razor in her hand to cut the bag open, but the body inside thinks it’s trying to kill it. There’s a struggle, but after a few moments, it’s as if there’s a love at first sight feeling between them. After a nice loving/everything’s “ok” kiss, the woman makes a discovery on it’s neck and that is where the surprise begins.
I was a little uncertain at first with this film, but like I said, the Black and White look of the film and feel of it made it all more suspensful. The ending was a bit strange, I would have liked to see what happend next, yet that’s what makes a great suspense film and good story; sometimes what you don’t see and what leads to your imagination is some of the best endings to any story. I think this is worth your time and you can come up with your own conclusion.
Director: Alison Maclean
Cast: Theresa Healey, Peter Tait, Annagretta Christian
Nuova Zelanda, 1989