The At­ti­cus In­sti­tute

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2013 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD

There’s a dis­tinct whiff of late- night telly about The At­ti­cus In­sti­tute. Pre­sented as a doc­u­men­tary, it tracks down the sci­en­tists who stud­ied a case of de­monic pos­ses­sion back in the ’ 70s. It’s not hard to imag­ine chan­nel hop­ping and land­ing on this.

It’s pretty con­vinc­ing, too, us­ing grainy still pho­to­graphs and de­cay­ing video footage to sup­ply vin­tage jump scares. The only prob­lem, re­ally, is that we’ve seen this kind of nar­ra­tive too many times for any of it to be sur­pris­ing; the gurn­ing and growl­ing of the pos­sessed woman is all par for the course. More in­ter­est­ing is the gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy an­gle, but though that’s well- ob­served, it never quite man­ages to be scary.

Nine min­utes of be­hindthe- scenes chat. Sarah Dobbs

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