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Lost Souls (2000)

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A Catholic teacher meets an atheist journalist, whom a group of Catholics and priests believes has been chosen by the devil himself to be the Antichrist.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maya Larkin
... Peter Kelson
... Claire Van Owen
... Father James
... Father Lareaux
... John Townsend
Brian Reddy ... Father Frank
... Mike Smythe
... Henry Birdson
Paul Kleiman ... Paramedic
... Mental Patient (as Robert Clenendin)
... Mr. Silberman
... Kleiman
... George Viznik
... Michael Kim
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Storyline

A group of Catholics go to a mental institution to perform exorcism in the murderer George Viznik. Father Lareaux, Deacon John Townsend, Father Frank Pageand the teacher Maya Larkin, who was possessed and exorcised in the past, unsuccessfully try to exorcise the man and Father Lareaux is deeply affected and falls into a coma. Maya brings the Viznik's coded writings and after deciphering it, she concludes that the writer Peter Kelson might be the Antichrist to be incarnated by Satan. She seeks him out but the atheist Peter, who has been raised by his uncle Father James, does not believe in her. But when strange things happen to him, Peter meets Maya and they investigate together the chance to save his soul. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You have nothing to lose but your soul. See more »

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Rated R for violence/terror and some language | See all certifications »

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13 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Almas perdidas  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,954,766, 15 October 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,779,636, 19 November 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,355,910, 26 November 2000
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Upon the film's release, much was made of the fact that Winona Ryder chose not to do any promotional work for the film. Her contractual obligation to do so had lapsed, when the film's release was postponed from 1999 to the following year. See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) When Maya and Peter meet for the first time, the word processor screen on his laptop repeatedly changes. The screen alternates between a whole-page layout and split-page depending on the shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Maya Larkin: Look at you. Come here. I told you, you've got to double-knot those things. One of these days we'll have to get you some zipper shoes.
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The initial credits appear as numbers morphing into letters plus a reversed shadow. See more »

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Referenced in Grosse Pointe: Boys on the Side (2000) See more »

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Written by Ian Ball, Paul Blackburn, Thomas Gray, Benjamin Ottewell (as Benjamin Jo Attewell), Oliver Peacock (as Oliver James Peacock)
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One of the most underrated horror films of the decade.
22 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I can make absolutely no sense of each and every one star review which calls this film horrible as well as the 4.7 rating. It is unfathomable to me. The cinematography alone should warrant a rating of at least 5.

This is a subtle religious horror flick that I have to assume people rejected because of the lack of scares and gore. However, the performances, direction and cinematography are all top notch. Though Lost Souls was marketed to look like a demonic scare-fest, I would compare this film to the likes of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. In fact, I would not be surprised if the makers of that film borrowed quite heavily from this one, both in style and effects.

The premise is relatively simple: A small religious sect believe the coming of the anti-Christ to be near, sitting dormant in a human body.

The biggest praise that I can bestow upon this film is that over 12 years later, this film still looks like it could have been made yesterday. In fact, it looks uncannily more modern than a large majority of recent horror efforts. Lost Souls simply does not age.

Another popular factor in why this movie is so poorly rated and received is the fact that audiences just did not like the ending. I feel sorry for those that do not. The ending is original, and though it did not satisfy blood thirsty Hollywood horror fans, it is very much appropriate for this film. To put it simply without spoiling anything: faith is the central core to Lost Souls, those with it and those without. That is what this ending plays off of, and I think it's perfect. Please do not let any of these negative reviews divert you from seeing this film.

This is not End of Days or Stigmata. Lost Souls is not camp in the slightest. It is a dark, beautifully shot and well acted film that is significantly ahead of it's time.

7/10


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