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The Atticus Institute (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror | 5 January 2015 (USA)
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The story of a 1970's psychology lab in Pennsylvania where a case of demonic possession took place.

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Chris Sparling

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Chris Sparling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rya Kihlstedt ... Judith Winstead
William Mapother ... Dr. Henry West
Sharon Maughan ... Susan Gorman
Harry Groener ... Lawrence Henault
John Rubinstein ... Marcus Wheeler
Julian Acosta ... Young Robert Koep
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Darrell Price
Anne Betancourt ... Joanne Breault
Ivar Brogger ... Therapist
Jake Carpenter ... Norman LeClair
Heath Centazzo ... EMT #2
Brian Chenoweth ... Father Donnelly
Hannah Cowley ... Young Susan Gorman
Aaron Craven ... Young Marcus Wheeler
Michael A. Delia Michael A. Delia ... Police Officer #1 (as Michael Delia)
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In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under orders of national security and, soon after, implemented measures aimed at weaponizing the entity. The details of the inexplicable events that occurred are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years. Written by Anonymous

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The only case of possession confirmed by the U.S. Government

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atticus Enstitüsü See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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As previously mentioned priest thumb was already black, following explanation can be use; The leading agent requested the priest to sign more document each with thumbprint shown by, "Thumbprint on that one as well". Audience was given the impression that they were only shown the final stage from a series of signatures and thumbprints consent. See more »

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Dr. Henry West: You're inviting bad things into your life
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Nice mockumentary-styled effort but not a great horror effort
18 March 2016 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Trying to recreate a famous encounter, a filmmaker interviews the participants involved in a research facility designed to study paranormal powers when the government got involved in one case where they wanted to turn one's powers into a military weapon.

While this one was indeed quite enjoyable there's some rather prominent flaws on display. Among the biggest issues here is the actual method of filming this one which presents the film with several immediate problems. There's the main issue of this one cutting away from the story continuously in order to get the talking head interviews and their own personal accounts of what happened that doing so in this manner causes the film to be so start/stop in terms of its pace that it really can't generate much in terms of atmosphere or suspense when it has to cut away when something's interesting to come back to these. It' gives this a pretty disjointed feel when everything turns back into the interviews rather than letting the story play out as it normally would, which is another problem here. This one goes for brief inserts recreating what happened that are quite hard to make out the point of when they just spend the entire time going nowhere with the storyline as they don't lead up to anything except the next talking-head interview, and there's little to be gleaned from that type of structure. The other issue here is that it's highlighting how uneventful the first half of this one is where they go into the research institute's background and history with its' patients before getting her there as none of this is really all that involved in getting this one going along at an inviting pace with the main purpose of the film appearing so late into here since all of the lead-up time is taken on setting the stage here with not just the interviews but the footage shot documenting the very same thing we just heard them talk about. It lastly has the small problem of highlighting the fact that it spends the first half not knowing whether she's just gifted psychically or possessed, as if it can't make up it's mind what the actual cause is which makes for a slightly disappointing effort when it's not all that clear what's going on. Still, this one isn't all that bad as there's some good stuff involved here with the surprising feat of it not being all that boring at all, keeping this one moving along at a nice enough pace that there's not a whole lot really worth skipping over or just ignoring, blazing through here with a rather impressive pace that keeps this one going along rather nicely. That's due to the nice action at times here with some rather fun times showcasing not just her powers but also getting rather fun with the military intervention that comes along with all the different tortures they inflict on her and the powers they coax out of her which gradually leads into a rather fun time with what it's all leading to. Enhanced by all the off-stage accidents and testimony given earlier, it's all quite a bit of fun and leads to a great finish here that's quite chilling and enjoyable. These here make this good enough to matter, but it's still rather flawed.

Rated R: Violence and Language.


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