Regression is a 2015 Canadian-Spanish-American psychological horror film directed, produced and written by Alejandro Amenábar. The movie stars Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. This movie is not necessarily original in its storyline, but I felt it was engaging. Hawke plays a cop who is investigating reports of abuse and Satanic activity. Hooded figures and horrific rituals have been circulating and many of the memories have come up through regressive therapy. The question is what is real and what isn’t. We are left wondering if Hawke is unraveling because of the nature of the crimes or if this Minnesota town has fallen victim to mass hysteria. Even if you find yourself guessing what might be happening, you will be entertained.
Dark Places is a 2015 mystery thriller film directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. The screenplay, by Paquet-Brenner, is based on Gillian Flynn’s 2009 novel of the same name. It stars Charlize Theron. Theron’s character is the sole survivor of the massacre of her mother and two sisters, a crime her brother Ben committed. Needing money, Theron makes a personal appearance at a true crime club where she agrees to help them prove her brother is innocent. Most of the film is about figuring out what really happened that night and who was to blame. The interweaving of past and present makes for an interesting film. Plus, if you are a fan of Theron, she’s always great to watch. I definitely found the ending a surprise. That is one of the reasons that I recommend this flick. It’s not your run-of-the-mill horror experience. It’s also not gory or visually disturbing, so if you like your horror tame, this movie is for you.
Shelter is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, written by Michael Cooney. It stars Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film was released as 6 Souls in the United States in 2013, which is the title I rented it under. Moore’s character is a psychiatrist who doesn’t really believe in God, nor does she believe that multiple personality disorder exists. However, her father who is also a psychiatrist has found a subject (played by Meyers) who gets her attention. He demonstrates symptoms of the disorder that can’t be explained. When Moore investigates further, she finds that Meyers has somehow taken on the personalities of murder victims. It’s really compelling to watch her try to uncover the mystery and see what lengths she’s willing to go to get real answers. However, the movie builds to an intense conclusion and we wonder what really happens when she confronts Meyers. If you like weird paranormal storylines, you will dig this movie. Also, if you are fans of Moore or Meyers, they give decent performances.