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The Mesmerist (2002)





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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.
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Howard Hesseman
as Mr. Valdemar
Jason Carter
as Dr. Pretory
Jo Champa
as Consuela
George Wyner
as Dr. Hoffler
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Critic Reviews for The Mesmerist

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

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

September 26, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 28, 2002
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Mesmerist


74% "How dare you not know who I am!"-Dr Pretory (Jason Carter) The whole cast hams it up, while Carter steals the show. "Then be a good American, and together we will exploit your personal tragedy."-Dr Pretory

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

Dumb as heck, but it's kind of fun. Really, there isn't much to the plot, half the time it feels like the characters are just yelling at each other. Not to mention that cast. It doesn't get too laughable, and the ending leaves little behind, but it's not too hard to sit through.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

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
Heather Metzger

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