In 1966 a small lab is opened to study psychic abilities. When Judith (Rya Kihlstedt) joins the study in 1976, the scientists are astounded by her abilities. Soon the government seizes the facility, with the intent of weaponizing the woman, but they will get much more than they bargained for.
This faux documentary film was written and directed by Chris Sparling and stars William Mapother (The Grudge) as Dr. Henry West, who opened the Atticus Institute. Julian Acosta (The Lords of Salem), Jake Carpenter (Alive), Brian Chenoweth (The Artist), Hannah Cowley (Get Him To The Greek) and Aaron Craven (The Day The Earth Stood Still) star along side ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ actor Carlos E. Campos.
I am not a huge fan of “found footage”, but it suited ‘The Atticus Institute”. Actress Rya Kihlstedt (Dexter) did a fantastic job in her role as Judith. If you are expecting big CGI fx, you won’t find any in ‘The Atticus Institute’,but they accomplish getting their message across with practical fx and do it well. There are not any huge scares in the movie, it’s more of a psychological thriller, but I enjoyed ‘The Atticus Institute’ and I would recommend it.
‘The Atticus Institute’ is now out on DVD.