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The Mesmerist (2002)

The Mesmerist





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Science allows a man to cheat death and continue to be a thorn in the side of his family in this dark comedy. Mr. Valdemar (Howard Hesseman) is a wealthy but ill-manned man who is elderly and in poor health. Knowing he doesn't have long to live, Valdemar agrees to take part in an experiment by Dr. Pretory (Jason Carter), an eccentric hypnotist. Pretory wants to discover what happens to a man if he is under hypnosis at the point of death, and so as Valdemar is taking his last few breaths, Pretory puts him in a deep trance. Hovering somewhere between death and life, Valdemar is able to describe to world beyond our own to Pretory and his family; however, cheating death isn't making Valdemar any easier to get along with, and he continues to cause trouble for his daughter, Daisy (Jessica Capshaw), and her significant other, Benjamin (Neil Patrick Harris), especially since you can't inherit the estate of a man who isn't entirely dead. The Mesmerist was based on the short story The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe, which was brought to the screen in less comical form as part of Roger Corman's 1962 horror omnibus Tales of Terror.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael A. Goorjian, Ron Marasco
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On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
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Critic Reviews for The Mesmerist

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

None of the film is as funny or clever as Cates and screenwriters Ron Marasco and Michael Goorjian ... seem to think.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

A horribly over-acted; tiresome sort of Naked Gun on crystal meth.

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
Film Threat

Full Review… | September 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Mesmerist

Still on my Neil Patrick Harris Binge. I thought it was okay, I did find it funny in some parts which helped me get through the film.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

Crazy and weird. I was disappointed to call the ending of this one. I was really hoping that the end would give this movie something so it wasn't a complete waste.

Heather Metzger

This film looks like it came out in 1982 rather than 2002. This is definitely the 80s version of "dark comedy" like Clue or something else equally silly. The acting is sub-par and the dialog is poor. It's pretty much awful, but it's based on an Edgar Allen Poe work so it does have some merit. If you're a fan of shitty low-budget 80s dark comedies you may enjoy this.

Max A.

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