Altered Minds: Michael Z. Wechsler’s Drama Thriller
Altered Minds: Film Details
Director: Michael Z. Wechsler
Writer: Michael Z. Wechsler
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Release Format: Video On Demand, DVD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Drama, Thriller
A family reunion goes awry when the oldest son makes the accusation that his dying father, a famed psychiatrist who also did work for the CIA, adopted his children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.
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I don’t know whether to call this horror or just a psychological mind fuck (Pardon my French). “Altered Minds” grabs you on an emotional, psychological front.
A renowned, well-loved psychologist, Dr. Nathaniel Shellner (Judd Hirsch) is on his final days. Succumbing from lung cancer, his family grieves with him. His adopted son, Tommy Shellner (Ryan O’Nan) crashes the “party” with startling revelations. Tommy has questionable nightmares about his childhood. Regardless of his father’s condition, Tommy demands answers.
Soon, this obsession with the truth causes an uproar. The objects of obsession are a Robin and an urn. Tommy believes that there are secrets that lie within the family and the house they live in. The only way to discover the truth is to find the urn Tommy searches for. Dr. Shellner refuses to give him what he seeks. This leads to Tommy to become sick, delirious and distraught. Tommy begins having hallucinations and visions of a blurred reality, broken pieces that don’t come together until Dr. Shellner finally tells the truth.
“Altered Minds” is in a world of its own. I cannot compare this to any other film in its genre. The plot and storyline are superb. There were little snippets of flashbacks that, in a sense, lost my focus, but when the pieces were finally put together, it was the biggest mind fuck of all. What conclusions you have in the beginning of the film are just no more. You think you have it all figured out, but the audience gets tossed a curveball. “Altered Minds” redefines…whatever genre it redefines. It’s psychological everything. Psychological-horror, psychological-drama, psychological-suspense. It’s completely psychological. The most complicated cinematic-mental jigsaw puzzle ever put together.
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