It looks like the Found Footage industry has started 2015 with a bang through an impressively original offering.
The Atticus Institute is a 70’s styled mockumentary based on documented demonic possession by the US government.
Slick and original – even the ‘haters’ of this genre will find something appealing in this impressive horror…
It’s All About The Actors
Most Found Footage efforts tend to employ newcomers to the silver screen over more established actors. I agreed with this principal as it always seems to make the movie a little more believable.
I can’t imagine watching a film from this genre which involves a Hollywood great as it would instantly lose it’s credibility – it wouldn’t seem realistic at all!
But The Atticus Institute takes a step away from this rule of thumb and somehow manages to make it work. I’m not saying they used ‘A – list’ actors here but they did use a handful of actors I had come across before.
It was a good move – the film worked flawlessly due to the experience and the overall quality of the actors.
There were no cringe-worthy, over-acted moments and everyone seemed to fit their role perfectly. The actors helped make this film an extremely memorable Found Footage experience.
The film is base during the 1970’s when an institute run by Dr. Henry West has been given a small budget to research cases of psi-related phenomena.
Dr. West is an extremely dedicated psychology expert who is hell-bent on finally finding someone who displays supernatural powers.
After publishing numerous journal articles highlighting the promising results of their work, Dr. West’s group finally stumble across an individual who seems to be the ‘real deal’.
A lady named Judith Winstead is brought to the institute by her sister after displaying rather worrying personality characteristics.
She is put through a barrage of initial tests and her supernatural abilities prove to absolutely astonishing.
The initial excitement of their discovery does not last long as the researchers realize that Judith’s powers are not really her own.
Before long the U.S. Department of Defense is called into the institute as a precaution…but they have their own plans for this powerful and unique lady…
The film is a split between the Found Footage and Mockumentary formats and works extremely well.
We constantly jump forward in time to interviews with the survivors of the incident and then back and forth to the cameras inside the labs.
He managed to create an atmosphere that was totally believable from start to finish and that’s what makes the film shine so brightly.
An extremely well thought and and well written Found Footage effort – definitely a cut above the rest!
Rya Kihlstedt plays the role of Judith and she nails it down perfectly – she’s come a long way since Home Alone 3 and Deep Impact.
I was also impressed by William Mapother’s portrayal of Dr. West, apparently he’s the Younger cousin of Tom Cruise and Lee Anne De Vette. I recently saw him take a lead role in Another Earth and I thought he was equally impressive in that to.
The film took the idea of documented demonic possession and threw a load of unique ideas in there – it was gripping and unrelenting viewing.
Great film with all the right ingredients to become a cult classic in the Found Footage genre – definitely one to put on your watch list!