Movie Review : The Atticus Institute (2015)

March 27, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘The Atticus Institute’ is now out on DVD.


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