A family reunion goes awry when the oldest son makes the accusation that his dying father, a famed psychiatrist who also did work for the CIA, adopted his children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.
Henry Harper is a successful novelist who has it all. But after surviving a recent trauma he finds himself haunted by a dream that terrifies him. Convinced that the only way to understand ... See full summary »
Frank John Hughes,
A tense psychological thriller exploring the troubled past, conflict-filled present, and uncertain future of the Shellners. 75 year-old Dr. Nathaniel Shellner's led an extraordinary life as a psychiatrist, earning himself a Nobel Prize. After having one child with his wife, Lillian, they decide to adopt from the camps where Dr. Shellner worked. Ultimately the Shellners have 5 children; Tommy, Julie, and Harry. As Dr. Shellner lies on his death bed, the family gathers for a final farewell. Untill Tommy arrives and accuses his father of adopting his children not out of love, but to use them for psychological experiments.Written by
Michael Z. Wechsler
I am a thriller and horror film aficionado but this clever, suspenseful movie kept me guessing throughout. The character development, which is often lacking in today's thrillers, is akin to Hitchcock and Christie. The location, on a large estate in the dead of winter, sets the perfect tone for the movie. Excellently cast with stellar performances by Judd Hirsch as the father and Ryan O'Nan who plays Tommy, his troubled adopted son. C.S. Lee fans from Dexter will not want to miss him in this movie. As the film progresses, you begin to wonder if Tommy is crazy or if perhaps, there is truth to his accusations about his father. Caroline Lagerfelt, who plays Tommy's mother is the perfect mix of caring mother and doting wife. She remains neutral for most of the film although there is a pivotal scene where you can see her doubts rise. One by one, the family members begin to unravel. Mr. Wechsler has done a fantastic job developing the storyline, which leads up to an ending you did not see coming.
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