Blu-ray Review: The Attic Expeditions (2001)

February 7, 2021

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Our boy Trevor (Andras Jones) is coolin’ his heels in Ye Olde Insane Asylum after having supposedly murdered his girlfriend. While there he is plagued by  nightmares about black magic (and murder ‘natch).
Trevor’s doc, Dr. Ek (the legend himself, Jeffrey Combs) is hellbent on plundering all of Trevor’s subconscious secrets and utilize it for his own dark purposes… so things are looking grim as fuck for our hero indeed!
What I feel is The Attic Expeditions‘ greatest stumbling block may be what you cats n’ creeps dig the most; namely the fact that the narrative is told from Trevor’s highly suspect perspective, so we never know if the images he sees are fact or just the result of his mental condition… and you cats n’ creeps know if there is something supernatural afoot I like it to be the real deal, no ifs, ands, or buts!
Thankfully the film is jam packed with surreal images and some great co-stars (including shock rock god Alice Cooper, Seth Green, and the always welcome Ted Raimi… as well as the aforementioned Combs, who admittedly steals the entire show), and truly makes the most of the limited budget at hand, and honestly all that biz is what you boils n’ ghouls paid the price of admission for!
As for special features on this Blu-ray release from Severin, we get a great 20th anniversary retrospective filled with archival footage as well as new interviews from director Jeremy Kasten and the main cast, followed by Zoom recorded reunion between Cooper and Combs.`
Also included is a Zoom interview between horror scholar Adam Rockoff and Katsen discussing the genesis of the film.
While a tad too ambiguous for it’s own good, The Attic Expeditions is nevertheless a fun (and oft times funny) journey into some surreal horror biz, and I’d easily recommend it to you monsterkids!


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