Regression (2015): Satanic Panic & Psychological Boogaloo

written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar

with: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis

The Plot

Minnesota, 1990. Angela Gray (Emma Watson), a young girl who grew up on a desolate farm, accuses her father of sexual abuse. The man confesses, but claims to be unable to remember the details of the crime, probably suppressing the memory as his mind cannot deal with the guilt. Investigating detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) contacts the hypnotherapist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis), who puts both the abuser and the victim under hypnosis to unearth the truth. Shockingly, it seems that Angela was the target of a ruthless Satanic cult her father and her grandma are members of. Soon Kenner feels he is dealing with something that might endanger his life- or soul. Read More

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In memory of Wes Craven: A review of The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

This article was originally published on another site in September 2015.

Wes Craven died last Sunday. I decided to refrain from writing a conventional obit, because there are more professional writers out there with better resources at their disposal and I am sure you can easily find a well-researched overview of Craven’s filmography and his private life on the web. That’s why I decided to rather revisit one of Craven’s less discussed movies and try to evaluate where it stands in Craven’s -somewhat uneven- filmography. Read More

Scale your gigantic expectations for the live action-version of Attack on Titan (2015) back to normal size

Recently, I was singing the praise (more or less) for the surprisingly good Parasyte, Part 1, noting that it was one of the best live-action adaptations of a Manga/Anime in some time, after we had been treated to questionable outputs like the shoddy Space Battleship Yamato (2010) and the inappropriately dour Lupin III (2014). And then an over-hyped stinker like Attack on Titan comes along and sets everything back that was achieved with the aforementioned movie. Read More

Getting over Hannibal: 8 Cannibal Movies to feast upon

Bad news for Hannibal fans: The chances that NBC’s series about the exploits of the beloved serial killer dandy will be renewed for a 4th season are getting slimmer with each day.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of that show myself, that’s why I decided to compile a list of 8 movies featuring cannibalism, which you can watch in between episodes, while anxiously waiting for the outcome of the renewal negotiations or simply whenever you need your cinematic fix of anthropophagy. Read More

Stonehearst Asylum aka Eliza Graves (2014) lacks the necessary insanity

Prologue. A lecture hall of a university somewhere in Britain at the end of the 19th century. An Alienist (Brendan Gleeson) wants to demonstrate to his students how to treat “hysteria” and for that reason, his assistants roll a young woman in a wheelchair into the hall. Completely disregarding the woman’s protests, which he dismisses as the antics of a psychotic, he demonstrates on her how to put a patient into a (seemingly painful) stasis to his students. Read More