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The Attic Expeditions (2001)

Trevor is a young man who has been sentenced to a long stay in a mental hospital after brutally killing his girlfriend. However, the longer Trevor is in stir, the more he wonders if the ... See full summary »

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Trevor Blackburn
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Douglas
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Dr. Ek
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Dr. Thalama
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Dr. Coffee
Beth Bates ...
Faith
Shannon Hart Cleary ...
Amy
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Samuel Leventhal
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Ronald
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Liz
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Doctor 1
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Cutter Cutshaw ...
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Trevor is a young man who has been sentenced to a long stay in a mental hospital after brutally killing his girlfriend. However, the longer Trevor is in stir, the more he wonders if the murder ever really happened, or if it's all just a horrible fantasy implanted in his brain by Dr. Ek, the sinister director of the asylum. Written by Schleppy

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His search for peace of mind... will leave his mind in pieces. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexual content, horror violence/gore, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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19 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Horror in the Attic  »

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The last exterior in the film was to take place in a dream sequence. It was to be the big digital effects sequence where Trevor escapes from the house in a dream, finding himself on a street where every house is identical to the last detail. Kasten was sure he could shoot it and add minimal effects in wide shots, but only if they could find a street where the houses were almost completely the same, a street with no cars and no trees. Though the producers tried to find such a street, the task became practically impossible and the filmmakers were close to abandoning the scene altogether. At the last minute a call to an airforce base turned up a deserted military housing community. See more »

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Near the end when Trevor and Faith are making love, you can see the actor is wearing a flesh-tone g-string. As they are sitting and talking in the follow scene, you can see the "string" part on his hips. See more »

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Ronald: Trevor, you got to get me out of here, I don't know what's happening to me. I can't tell you who I am because my can't remember a damn thing. My mind is all fucked up in this damn puppet head, but I swear to you as God is my witness, I am not this guy's hand!
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Cleverly staged and acted circular thriller
3 April 2001 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Circles within circles, metaphors for metaphors. Blood and gore. It is a joy to watch a film that dares leave things to the imagination. The Attic Expeditions refrains from explaining too clearly what is going on. The basic plot is obvious enough: magician has magic book, does bad thing, gets amnesia. Evil brain doctor wants magic book and orchestrates nefarious plot to drive magician insane.

There is more to the film that just that, and it is not always clear what is real and what is not. Cleverly revisiting plot elements and using circularity to great effect, The Attic Expeditions keeps the attention from start to finish.

Jeffrey Combs is perfectly typecast as the therapist with an interest in the arcane arts and Ted Raimi makes a very good counter-balance to him as his observer. The acting through-out is good - where it may seem occasionally woody, this turns out to be appropriate. Seth Green is great and his character gets some very good lines. Watch out for the scene in the play room, where Seth and Andras Jones walk round and round the sofa. It is one continuous shot.


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