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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.


Chris Sparling


Chris Sparling





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 Hannah Cowley ... Young Susan Gorman
Aaron Craven ... Young Marcus Wheeler
Michael A. Delia Michael A. Delia ... Police Officer #1 (as Michael Delia)


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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In one of the medical records shown in the movie the word "depravation" is used incorrectly instead of the correct usage "sleep deprivation" See more »


Marcus Wheeler: We eventually figured out what was going on and felt so foolish for not having recognised that's that what was the Government's intention from the beginning - to weaponise her.
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Quirky little horror film
1 November 2016 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

'The Atticus Institute' is quite a strange and unique film. It's a "found footage" film in a way, yet it's also presented as a documentary. Now, about the least scary thing I can possibly think of watching is a documentary, and that stands true here. Having the documentary style did take away a lot of the horror element to me. It meant that any character we were shown talking in the future obviously survived the past experiences shown in the tapes at the institute. On the other hand, it was quite an interesting way to have the story told to us. It let us get inside the mind of the characters and hear stories and insight we wouldn't otherwise have gotten. I suppose it's like having a narrator, but of course a narrator in a horror film is a big no-no, so this was a way around it. I don't think we'll ever see any big-budget horror films adapt this documentary style, but it was an interesting concept to see done here in a lesser-known film.

There are one or two moments of quality horror to be found, where suspense was drawn out of the scene. They weren't quite as regular as you may have liked though. The ending was quite quirky and a bit of fun that requires the viewer to think back on what they thought they knew. Altogether though it's unfortunately pretty forgettable. Those who watch it won't be disappointed, it's above average as far as some of the garbage horror films Hollywood is putting out these days, but ultimately they won't be blown away by it either.

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1.85 : 1
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