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Lost Souls

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New Line Cinema, VHS, DVD, 2000, Rated R, 1 hr. 42 min.

Maya Larkin (Winona Ryder) was exorcised in her youth, and now she helps perform exorcisms on others. During one such exorcism, Maya learns the name of a man who will soon be possessed by Satan and begin a reign of evil over the world. When Maya confronts the man, Peter Kelson (Ben Chaplin), he is, rightly so, skeptical. But he soon comes to believe her and together they try to reverse what has already begun before the time of Peterís transformation. 

Director Janusz Kaminski, who in 1993 won an Academy Award for his black-and-white photography for Steven Spielbergís Schindlerís List, delivers a creepy, suspenseful film in the tradition of The Exorcist. The movie is purposely filmed grainy, which creates enhances the atmosphere. Lost Souls is filled with disturbing imagery and a deep sense of foreboding and helplessness. It makes the coming of Satan more real and scary than other movies, such as The End of Days, while using less special effects.

This is definitely not a great movie, but it is an entertaining rent. One of its problems is that the script never really gets going. Itís like there are a few good scenes held together by a bunch of junk. The acting is good, especially Winona Ryder, who brings vulnerability, strength, and believability to her role. 


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QUICK FACTS

Studio

New Line Cinema

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

102 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Winona Ryder

Maya Larkin

Ben Chaplin

Peter Kelson

John Hurt

Father Lareaux

Philip Baker Hall

Father James

Sarah Wynter

Claire

Elias Koteas

John Townsend

John Diehl

Henry Birdson

 

CREW

Janusz Kaminski

Director

Meg Ryan

Producer

Nina R. Sadowsky

Producer

Janusz Kaminski

Cinematography

Mauro Fiore

Cinematography

Garreth Stover

Production Designer

Pierce Gardner

Screenwriters

Betsy Stahl

Screenwriters

Jill M. Ohanneson

Costume Designer

Anne Goursand 

Editor

Andrew Mondshein

Editor

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 4/08/2001

 
         
 
   

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