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Psychosis 2010

3.2 out of 5 stars (19) IMDb 3.8/10

During the winter of 1992 a group of young Anarchists brave the snow covered wilderness to set-up camp against the construction of a motor-way by-pass. As night falls a terrible fate awaits them 15 years later, celebrated crime author and fragile soul Susan, relocates from her native California to her husband's native England, in search of peace.

Starring:
Charisma Carpenter, Paul Sculfor
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Reg Traviss
Starring Charisma Carpenter, Paul Sculfor
Supporting actors Ricci Harnett, Ty Glaser, Justin Hawkins, Richard Raynesford, Sean Chapman, Bernard Kay, Katrena Rochell, Darren Bransford, Slaine Kelly, Josh Myers, Sarah Briggs, Alexander Ellis, Neil McCaul, Eileen Pollock, Tom Gaughan, Sybille Gebhardt, Helena Linder, Al Minton
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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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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By Fallen 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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'Psychosis', I saw this one on The Horror Channel and was very impressed by the eerie quality of the film, a great UK ghost story, Charisma Carpenter prove's to be a very good actress in this, she was wasted on 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' when she could turn in such a wonderful performance as this, great film that was well worth having.
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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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The film opens with the murder of some hippie squatters. And then crime thriller writer Susan (Charisma Carpenter) moves into a manor along with her husband and American driver side BMW. She suffered an "episode" in California.

She sees stuff and her husband cheats on her. Is he driving her crazy or is she seeing things? The problem is that we really don't care because the film wasn't that interesting.

Part of a horror DVD 8 pack. $5.00 US Walmart.

Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Katrena Rochell, Ricci Harnett)
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