Main Plot Points:
- 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 40 years.
What We Thought:
- I’m not usually a fan of “fake” movies: movies that are supposed to be real or at least look real, but actually have actors you know in them, and in reality are scripted, “fake“ movies. But I didn’t mind The Atticus Institute.
- It’s definitely one of the better “horror” films I’ve seen of late. It doesn’t try to get too crazy and the effects are pretty decent. The way it was shot helps give it a good tone/vibe as well.
- The performances are also good. The actress playing Judith is really good. You are never quite sure if she’s possessed, telepathic, crazy or a bit of everything. She never takes it too over the top like other films lately.
- Plus William Mapother is always good. I think he’s a much underrated character actor and he’s really good as the lead doctor. He looks the part and makes the character believable. He also doesn’t go over the top and grounds his character in a believable reality.
- I’ve seen a lot of haunting/found footage/possession films and most are just terrible. This is at least watchable. Actually I think it’s better than that. It doesn’t reinvent the genre, but for a genre that has more bad than good, this one is a good sleeper pick.
- The Blu-ray looks good. Half the film is newer interviews and the other half is “stock footage” so the older scenes look intentionally “bad”. They are kind of blurry and fuzzy, but that’s the point. The audio has easy to hear dialogue and screams.
- The Atticus Institute was a decent surprise. I wasn’t expecting to like it. I was expecting some found footage/shaky cam garbage, but instead, I got a solid film with good production value. It’s way better than most of the awful horror films I’ve seen the past few years.
- Deleted Scenes
- The Making of “The Atticus Institute”
Notable Cast & Crew:
- William Mapother
- Rya Kihlstedt
- Director Chris Sparling
Recommended if You Like:
- The Conjuring
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