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Psychosis [DVD]


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  • Actors: Charisma Carpenter, Paul Sculfor, Ricci Harnett, Justin Hawkins, Katrena Rochell
  • Directors: Reg Traviss
  • Producers: Patrick Fischer
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PHJLBE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British horror directed by Reg Traviss. In the early 1990s, a group of environmental protesters were massacred by a bloodthirsty serial killer. Now, years later, successful New York novelist Susan (Charisma Carpenter) has moved to a remote manor house in the same part of the English countryside to recover from a recent breakdown - and finds herself plagued by horrific visions and nightmares of the massacre. As the pressure builds for her to produce her new book and rebuild her life, Susan finds herself spiralling into madness as she tries in vain to convince her husband David (Paul Sculfor) that the hauntings she is experiencing are real.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 28 July 2010
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!!!WARNING. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

A group of road protesters are brutally murdered by an axe wielding maniac. He is captured after being shot. Fifteen years later, American crime novelist Susan(Charisma Carpenter) is taken by her husband David(Paul Sculfor) to their new dream home in the English countryside. David is very pleased with the house, Susan less so as she starts to experience visions of people, that only she can see. Susan's agent Charles(Richard Raynsford) has a whispered conversation with David regarding his wife's mental health, alluding to problems in the past. Meanwhile Susan's visions are happening more regularily and becoming more horrifying, some of them involving the very same axe murderer from all those years ago.
This film is reminiscant of the Hammer psychological thriller/horrors from the past, along with many other British horrors. It also has the feel of those great British television series such as Hammer House Of Horror and Thriller. Sex scenes and swearing have been added to the mix, to the films detriment, as shorn of these unnecessary additions it could have been a nice little psychological horror. It would also take issue with the films originality, as the films enjoyable if nonsensical 'twist' ending has been used before to better effect, both in the Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense episode 'In Possession'(one of that stories actors, Bernard Kay, also appears in this), and also the British horror short 'Dream House', which director Reg Traviss bought the rights to, and what this film is based on. The problem with modern directors trying to hark back to the 'golden age' of British horror, is that they have to get the tone just right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 July 2012
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A horrible Frankensteins monster of a mess with the salvaged remains of various Hammer productions and 'Screamtime' appropriated, put in a blender and the desiccated remains haphazardly spliced together.
The film begins with the murders of a group of eco-activists out in the woods but what should have been a pivotal part of the film was quite poorly directed with bad camera angles and little passion.
God was the rest of the film clunky. Charisma Carpenter (Susan) did ok with the mess of a script but oh my what she must have thought of her opposite and screen husband 'David' He was so wooden that a whole skip-full of Carpenters couldn't have assembled him into a passable actor. The guy who played the creepy gamekeeper was pretty good but the implausibility of the script let the performances down time and time again. Him exposing himself to a distraught Susan out in the woods was no obstacle to her agreeing with hiring him then her having an evening one-to-one dinner with him whilst her husband was away. Susan had previously experienced a mental breakdown so giving the director carte blanche to continually insert silly hallucinations which asides from at the moment didn't have much more of an emotional or psychological impression on Susan until the decision to wrap up this sorry mess was required.
Featuring the obligatory bath running with the water looking like blood scene and randomn medium/seance scene this was a largely pointless but nonetheless not wholly unentertaining mish-mash of much better fims and television productions.
Not deserving of being an 18 either which shows how prudish the film censors in this country are to sex scenes.
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Terrible acting espicially from the male lead. Poor Carpenter is a real B-movie starlet. There was a good story here and to see the darkness singer in his movie debut was kinda fun
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By Lauren on 29 Nov 2013
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I purely bought this film because Justin Hawkins was in it. I loved the fact they played Hot Leg songs and the movie itself was quite good. It was confusing to begin with, but once it begin to made sense it was brilliant. Has a few sexual parts which added to the whole effect of the film. I would recommend.
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By dan0175 on 3 Aug 2013
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I'm a big fan of charisma carpenter , i did like this movie but i felt it was somewhat rushed towards the last 30 minutes of the movie i feel it could have had more to the story.
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Unless you are a big fan of Charisma Carpenter this is best to avoid. Very low on tension and apart form 2 of the cast v.poor acting. Does have a good twist but should have been done a lot better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the santa cat on 6 Jun 2011
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I noticed that this film has taken a bit of a savaging from some of the other reviewers on this page and I would like to redress the balance by defending this excellent film.

Contemporary British horror is far from the prolific industry it used to be with the likes of Hammer and Amicus delivering regular fixes of horror in this unique style. Here we have an independent British horror film very much in the existing tradition of British horror. I am not saying this is a throw back to the 1960s, rather it is steeped in the atmosphere that made those films famous.

The plot is well structured and paced. The cinematography is effective and atmospheric. The cast all turn in superb performances, especially Charisma Carpenter who many of you will remember from other independent films and hit series of the 90s, Buffy the vampire slayer. She still looks great as well.

In short, I think some of the reviewers here must have been watching a different film from this one, as this really is a great little indie film, one of the best horrors of 2010 in fact. Its a good price as well, go ahead and get a copy.
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