6 Souls (Shelter) (R)

Horror 112 April 5, 2013
By Chuck Wilson
In this silly but elegantly moody horror movie, Julianne Moore stars as Cara Harding, a psychologist who specializes in multiple personality disorder. When her shrink father (Jeffrey DeMunn) brings her in to examine soft-spoken David (Jonathan Rhys Meyer), the patient soon displays an aggressive alternate personality named Adam. Cara is thrown for a horror-film loop when she discovers that the real David was murdered 25 years ago, and thrown even further when those close to her begin to die, only to turn up as one of David/Adam's alternate personalities. Screenwriter Michael Cooney (Identity) has created a strong premise that eventually sinks into third-act predictability as Cara's investigation leads her into chainsaw-massacre hill country, where a blind witch cures the possessed. Silly stuff, and not too scary, but Moore and Rhys Meyer make the journey worthwhile. Perpetually tense, and endlessly resourceful, they're well matched and a pleasure to watch, especially in the early therapy scenes. Swedish-born directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein demonstrate a gift for inspiring good actors, including Frances Conroy as David's mother and Nate Corddry as Cara's computer-whiz brother, and for camera moves so creepily smooth that you can practically feel the duo's deep longing to direct a remake of The Shining.
Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy, Brooklynn Proulx, Nathan Corddry, KatiAna Davis, Michael Graves, Rick Applegate, Nicole Leigh Belle Michael Cooney Darlene Caamano, Emilio Diez Barroso, Neal Edelstein Radius-TWC


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