The Attic Expeditions

2001

Comedy / Horror / Mystery

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 5 10 1776

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Director

Cast

Deborah Offner as Dr. Coffey's Secretary
Andras Jones as Trevor Blackburn
Wendy Robie as Dr. Thalama
Alice Cooper as Samuel Leventhal
720p.BLU
921.95 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavin6942 5 / 10

Difficult Film to Follow, Might Be Worth It

Trevor Blackburn is put under psychiatric care after killing his girlfriend and then going into a four year coma. As part of his treatment, he is placed in Love House, a community of nuts hoping to become rehabilitated. But why can't Trevor recall the murder he's accused of?

Other people -- at least two -- have called this a "thinking man's horror film", and I'm going to join them. The events are shown out of order, usually out of context, and even once the film is completed you may or may not have understood everything that happened. At one point, there's even a nod to H. P. Lovecraft, though as near as I can tell, this film has no direct connection.

The "thinking man" aspect is either going to intrigue you or frustrate you. I am a thinking man, as is my friend Seth who watched it with me, and we were frustrated. Had it not been for our man-crushes on Jeffrey Combs and Ted Raimi, the film probably would have been turned off. Now that I've seen it through, I'm curious to watch it again knowing the answers from stage one... but only so I can understand it, not because I think I'll like it.

While Combs and Raimi made the film enjoyable, and a brief Alice Cooper was nice (anyone seen "Prince of Darkness"?), what I really disliked was the actor playing Trevor, Andras Jones. Jones simply can't act for dog snot in this picture, comes off as not knowing his own emotions and more often than not is just lost. I didn't care about him, and as a lead, that's horse apples. His supporting actor, Seth Green (playing "Douglas"), wasn't much better. Green has his moments and this wasn't one of them.

There's some minor gore, some drug use, a fair dose of sexuality... so that's good. And director Jeremy Kasten does a fine job at the helm. One scene follows Seth Green around a game room and is executed flawlessly. This is probably more due to the cinematographer, but regardless it stood out. Kasten went on to make "The Thirst" (which I enjoyed) and the remake of "Wizard of Gore" with Crispin Glover. This was his directing debut, and a job well done.

I picked this film up used for $2.99 on the power of Jeffrey Combs alone, and it was worth that for the viewing... if you can find the same deal, pick it up. Or rent it. Don't buy this one, unless you really want to irk your friends and ruin a good night of drinking. Usually I drink during horror films, and on this one I didn't. Good thing, or I never would have made it through. Thinking man, yes. Drinking man, no.

Reviewed by Coventry 3 / 10

Confusing, pretentious junk

I've rarely felt as disappointed from watching a horror flick as after "Horror in the Attic" … I looked forward to this film because of the seemingly innovative basic premise, some of the names in the cast and the director (whose other movies "The Wizard of Gore" and "All Souls Day" intrigued me to say the least). However, it quickly becomes apparent that this is an overly ambitious – on the verge of pretentious, even – and wannabe be intellectual psychological thriller that is more confusing than compelling and much more annoying than frightening. Surely you'll encounter many reviews stating that "Horror in the Attic" is a truly amazing and brilliant film, and these are also the exact same reviews that will claim that if you don't like it, well, you don't "get it". Don't worry about that. I've seen my share of psychedelic cinema classics, including the whole oeuvres of Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch and Fernando Arrabal, and let me assure you this nearly doesn't play in the same league. The plot contains a few noteworthy fresh ideas and Jeremy Kasten maintains the sinister atmosphere for quite a long time, but then the film irrevocably drowns in its own pool of pseudo-mystery and audacity. The story's protagonist, Trevor Blackburn, awakes from a coma and the (clearly capricious) Doctor Ek bluntly tells him that he remained unconscious for four years after murdering his fiancée in a pagan ritual. The house where he supposedly committed his hateful crime turned into an alternative type of sanitarium in the meantime, and naturally Trevor gets submitted here, in the good (?) care of Dr. Ek's colleague Dr. Thalama. Meandering through the house – and particularly the attic – Trevor's amnesic mind slowly begins to function again and he discovers that Dr. Ek is a manipulative crook. I'm strongly convinced that, with a slightly more straightforward scenario and a lot more bloody action, "Horror in the Attic" could have been a modest cult gem. Now it's just a largely dull, derivative and pretentious flick with only a few isolated highlights. The acting performances of the lead actors are rather forgettable… I spent the entire movie wondering where the hell I saw that guy Trevor's face before, but frustratingly didn't find the answer. Only afterwards, through clicking on his name here on the website, I remembered that he appeared in my favorite "Nightmare on the Elm Street" sequel, namely part four "The Dream Master". Seth Green's performance is a pitiable imitation of Brad Pitt in "Twelve Monkeys" and the luscious Beth Bates is only granted the opportunity to show off her beautiful body instead of her acting capacities. The supportive cast is what's most interesting here, with interesting (albeit typecast) roles for veteran actors Jeffrey Combs ("Re-Animator"), Wendie Robie ("The People Under the Stairs") and Ted Raimi ("The Evil Dead"). Perhaps the weirdest moment in this overall weird movie is the cameo appearance by rock star Alice Cooper. Keep an eye open for that!

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 6 / 10

Fun kinda sorta anthology

Released by Severin Films when they put out their horror anthology documentary Tales of the Uncanny, The Attic Expeditions was a revelation to me. It's a portmanteau I've never seen before and I was knocked out by its Asylum-influenced story of Trevor Blackburn, a man who may or may not have lost his mind.

The problems begin when he and his girlfriend Faith purchase a home together and find a chest in the attic. Inside, they discover a book of black magic that gives them great power through a series of rituals. As they work on learning how to gain more power, a ritual that combines their consciousnesses leads to her death.

Now in an asylum, Dr. Ek (Jeffrey Combs) and Dr. Coffee (Ted Raimi) hope to use the book of black magic to cure all mental illness, but Trevor can barely remember his past and has no idea where it is. Dr. Ek then sends Trevor to be rehabilitated at The House of Love, a recovery facility seemingly in the command of Dr. Thalama (Wendy Robie, The People Under the Stairs) that is really Trevor's old home. The goal is to make him find the book and use actors, their stories and fake murders to make him wake up and turn over the occult reference.

Dead people come back to life, drugs and surgery are used on our protagonist and all of these things make him go even deeper into fantasy until there are multiple versions of himself and Faith all working on finding the black book.

Originally intended to be the fourth film in the Witchcraft series, this film stands on its own, featuring really good performances - Seth Green is awesome in this - and the only downside is the alt rock soundtrack that was forced on the film by its producers. Sadly, this film - despite being picked up by Blockbuster - doesn't get the kind of publicity other lesser horror anthologies get.

This movie is made even better by the fact that Alice Cooper shows up.

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