Close Your Eyes (Doctor Sleep) (2002)
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A hypnotist with psychic talents is drawn into a criminal case with bizarre implications in this thriller from Great Britain. Dr. Michael Strother (Goran Visnjic) is a psychologist and hypnotherapist who has relocated from the United States to England after an ugly incident in which a boy under Strother's care died while swimming, possibly due to a mistakenly triggered hypnotic suggestion. Strother sometimes sees visions which he believes are images from the minds of his patients, and while
Apr 23, 2002 Wide
Sep 14, 2004
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The atmospheric psychological thriller weaves a compelling web thanks to dense, stylized direction by Nick Willing and a smartly assembled cast.
On their way to confront ancient evil, Strother and Losey keep tripping over timeworn cliches.
If you can overlook its TV-episode look, occasional lapses in logic and detours into lurid overkill, this old-school psychological thriller, which marries a tracking-the- serial-killer narrative with occult themes, is a creepy diversion.
May be the worst-directed movie exported by England in this young century.
Its solid horror pedigree is all the more enjoyable because it comes as such a surprise -- forgotten in a dusty corner and just waiting for the right fan to find it.
Visnjic proves he can conceivably carry a movie if given a chance. But he still needs to find one worth his time.
I'm not sure what attracted such a strong cast to take part in such nonsense, although I wouldn't be surprised if a gently swaying pocket watch was involved.
A European-flavored thriller of manufactured morbidity that starts strong but becomes just another ridiculous potboiler mystery wrapped in the guise of the occult and arcane.
This hypno-thriller is a better story than most horror films... but it builds to this big showdown, which turns out to be a letdown.
Requires an insupportable suspension of disbelief to swallow its convoluted and absurd scenario...still, it's made with a seriousness that's oddly refreshing.
For a film that took three years to be released, [it] is a surprise, a creepy and disturbing psychological thriller which features a number of effective scares.
Amusingly messy. This playful pastiche could also be called Don't Look Now at the Silence of the Sixth Dead Dunwitch Zone, Psycho!
...a hazy and hypnotic surge that more often than not resonates as an atmospheric chiller...this head-tampering frightfest is notably staggering
The protagonist's subjection to archaic instruments of torture is totally pointless plot-wise, except for perhaps the inherent fear factor.
Those who like atmospheric thrillers that feature pentagrams and second sight and mysterious incantations from ancient texts will enjoy guaranteed goosebumps.
Ultimately commits the cardinal sin of never being very frightening.
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