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The Attic Expeditions

About as appealing as a tour of someone else's basement in the dark, "The Attic Expeditions" is an overly ambitious slice of Grand Guignol that is none too grand in conception or execution. The mix thesps never gels, and pic doesn't make it as horror, sci-fi spoof or psychological thriller, despite strained efforts in each direction.

Cast:
With: Andras Jones, Seth Green, Jeffrey Combs, Wendy Robie, Ted Raimi, Beth Bates, Shannon Hart Cleary, Alice Cooper.

About as appealing as a tour of someone else’s basement in the dark, “The Attic Expeditions” is an overly ambitious slice of Grand Guignol that is none too grand in conception or execution. The mix of pro and beginning thesps never gels, and pic doesn’t make it as horror, sci-fi spoof or psychological thriller, despite strained efforts in each direction. It could do small biz on the midnight circuit, although auds would have to be told whether laughing or cringing would be most appropriate.

First-time helmer Jeremy Kasten has edited cheapo genre pics, and he shows some visual flair, but overall tone is just higher than that of the fabled “Coven,” as filtered through the allegedly satirical elements of “But I’m a Cheerleader.” Numbingly convoluted story centers on Trevor (expressionless Andras Jones), a shaven-headed mental patient apparently in stir for murdering his silicone-enriched g.f. during a satanic ritual. But perhaps his tortured memories are merely the electrically implanted suggestions of the evil Dr. Ek (Jeffrey Combs), running an elaborate operation inside a halfway house where Seth Green, acting in another, better movie, runs rampant. Women are unfailingly presented as duplicitous predators.

The Attic Expeditions

Production: A Tse Tse Fly production. Produced by Daniel Gold, Melissa Balin, Dan Griffiths. Directed by Jeremy Kasten. Screenplay, Rogan Russell Marshall.

Crew: Camera (color), Michael Negrin, Greg Littlewood; editor, Babara Kaplan; music, David Reynolds; music supervisor, Michele Wernick; production designers, Laura Roberts, David Prior; costume designer, Judith Brewer Curtis. Reviewed at Seattle Film Festival, June 12, 2001. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Andras Jones, Seth Green, Jeffrey Combs, Wendy Robie, Ted Raimi, Beth Bates, Shannon Hart Cleary, Alice Cooper.

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