We Should Have Been Scared

The Atticus Institute Review

The Atticus Institute

Just when you thought you’ve seen the end of the possession film craze, another one comes out of nowhere. A lot of these supernatural films have been hit or miss lately, but fortunately Chris Sparling’s The Atticus Institute turned out to be rather entertaining.

Told through a series of interviews, still photos, and archival footage, The Atticus Institute tells the story of a group of professionals who are studying the case of Judith Winstead (Rya Kihlstedt), a woman who is possessed by an unknown entity. When things get out of hand for the small group of specialists, they call in government officials to help solve the curious case. This proves to be a terrible mistake as the government wants to harness this evil and use it as a weapon for themselves.

The Atticus Institute is being promoted as a film about the one and only case of demonic possession that is recognized by the US government. The funny thing is I actually believed that this was true. It isn’t the first time a filmmaker has tried passing their film off as something it isn’t (see The Fourth Kind), but it is certainly a new and exciting way to approach a horror film about exorcism and possession. I really liked the mock interviews that made up the core of this story because it made it feel so much more conceivable. Each actor did extremely well in making me believe this was in fact a real case!

This film does a decent job of making itself stand out from other possession films in a number of ways. Writer and director Chris Sparling was able to create a story with very believable characters and places. The entire experience is very engaging actually, but I felt myself losing interest as the film strayed away from its parapsychology beginning and focused more on the government officials taking things over. Once talk began of harnessing the power of Judith’s demonic captor to use as a military weapon, a line had been crossed in my mind and the film lost some momentum. Still, overall Atticus was a nice surprise in a genre that is full of so many disappointments.

The Atticus Institute contains great acting, innovative storytelling, and an impressive ability to make its viewers think the entire thing is a true story. I think it is most certainly worth a watch and recommend it for anyone interested in films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose or The Rite. You can pick up a copy of The Atticus Institute on DVD and Blu-ray or watch it On Demand from Anchor Bay Entertainment today.

I give this film 3 exploding hearts out of 5.

4 Responses to We Should Have Been Scared

  1. Big daddy griff says:

    Big daddy griff thought this was based upon true events..SILLY GTIFF

  2. Agnt190340 says:

    This incident actually took place in California. The government was working on a project called “Red” it was based on trying to find special powers in people, and wanted to use them for the cold war to gain intelligence. The project was not successful but did come across this incident. In May 1975 I call was made from a mental instution in California, im not allowed to mention the city but this is were the women was being treated.

  3. julianna Kabat says:

    so I believe this is true esp with the facts u gave is their any other horror movie that is pretty true I recently watched 8213: Gacy House and found that some may be role played but some.of the actual footage I believe is real what do u think n is their any other movie like these with home video cameras in the genre horror movie industry u suggest for me that u may also believe to b somewhat real like the skinwalker ranch also another one n yes the fourth kind I totally believe n dont understand y they locked up the mom with no evidence the cop was right oitside her home n the camera freaked but the cop also was relaying what he saw saying is impossible I still continuously watch these three specifically alot I guess bc I believe im dealing.with my own.entity I found my bf of four years love of.my life n three others.murdered detroit I found them dec 4 2012 my name is julianna kabat u can look up the article but I believe jason isnfollowing.me n maybe something.else I was supposed to b their but I stopped for food first after work bc we were trying to work on r relationship n I wanted to suprise him its was horrific.n im still dealing.with it but here I am and I want to know truth in.some of this.so whats a movie u sugggest is real for.me n.has facts

  4. Milton says:

    Judith Winstead, murdered by the American government, cowards!

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