After their paranormal research project has been de-funded, a professor (Jared Harris) and his student assistants (Sam Clafin, Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne) experiment with a mysterious woman (Olivia Cooke). They attempt to capture a poltergeist, but discover other forces they cannot control. Also with Laurie Calvert, Max Pirkis, Richard Cunningham and Gemma Garvin. Directed by John Pogue. [1:38]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman asks a man if he wants her and he is silent; she grabs him angrily and slams him into a wall, commanding, "Take me! She's inside of me!" and reaches for the man's belt and zipper, kisses him, and another man walks in and orders her to stop and she does. A woman wears a floor-length robe, closed completely in two scenes and opens the front as she sticks out one hose-covered thigh and leg and calls a different man in each scene to come into her bedroom (sex is implied); she leans against an older man in one of these scenes, kisses him, and he tells her to go back to bed, and in the other scene, a younger man kisses her and picks her up, entering her bedroom and they giggle, implying sex until we hear a crash and the man opens the door holding a pillow in front of his crotch (we see his bared chest, shoulders, arms, buttocks and one of her bare shins and feet sticking out of her robe) as he says the bed broke and the woman says she is not sorry it broke. A man and a woman lie in bed side-by-side talking (his chest, shoulders and arms bare and her bare shoulders are visible). A close-up shows two sets of bare feet and pans to bare knees with sheets and blankets below and above, as if a couple is in bed.
► A college-aged woman wears a series of micro-mini skirts and short-shorts that reach only the tops of the thighs; she also wears several blouses that reveal a slight amount of cleavage. An ancient line drawing depicts a woman in full frontal nudity.
► A professor accuses a male student of being in love with a mentally ill female experimental subject several times; a female student accuses a male professor and two male students of being in love with the subject a few times. A female mental patient asks a man if she looks like a woman, but he does not respond and she says that she looks like a little girl while looking in a mirror.
► We see a woman's bare shoulders, arms, back and the top of her buttocks in close-up as she lowers herself into a bathtub; in the bath we see her bare shoulders. As a woman sitting in a bathtub begins to rise, the camera cuts away and the lens trains on her again as she is sitting back down and we see bare shoulders and upper arms.
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A professor accuses a male student of being in love with a female patient and punches him (he falls and rubs his chin); another woman in the room walks outside where she is grabbed by something invisible and we hear a crashing window upstairs; three men run upstairs and find the woman dead on the floor, covered in blood and broken glass, and something grabs one of the men by the arms, thrashes him about, and kills him with some blood showing; a woman shows one of the men a devil worship brand inside her upper lip before another man clubs the woman in the back of the head with a bat and she falls and the man clubs the other man, who also falls.
► A man awakens, tied into a straight back chair where he shouts several times as he hears another man fill a hypodermic syringe and explains that he will kill a woman temporarily, extract a demon, and reanimate the body with adrenalin to the heart (please see the Substance Use category for more details); the man stops the patient's heart with an injection as the first man frees himself and fights with the other man, punching and killing him with some blood visible; the man jabs adrenalin into the patient's heart and pounds her chest hard several times until a heartbeat returns and she pushes him out of the room with mental shock waves and self-ignites, burning herself to embers; a spitfire flies toward the man, forms a grimacing black face and the film in the frame dissolves.
► A woman leans far backward and a large-diameter, long, red snake-like creature ejects from her mouth toward the camera and recoils back inside her; a man stabs a baby doll in the stomach in a downstairs room and upstairs the woman screams; the man runs up to finds her holding her stomach with red blood drops spattering her gown at stomach level.
► Old footage shows dragons, a goat's head inside a pentagram, a man with a goat's head and grimacing men. Old photographs feature cult members wearing long robes and pointed hats, people digging up petrified human bodies and pages of occult symbols.
► A woman in a bathtub at home shouts as the water begins to bubble and the room becomes steamy and very hot before she is able to escape; later she tells her colleagues that their research house is haunted and a spirit followed her home.
► A mentally ill woman receives a baby doll with long hair as a gift and she tears out its hair; a man takes the doll and finds small red gash marks on its lower calf that look like blood. A mentally ill woman stabs herself in the knee with a safety pin (no blood is shown). A mentally ill woman has blood about the face, head, and hands and the camera pans close to show a bloody hole in her lower thigh; we hear that she self-mutilated.
► In an experiment, a 20-something mentally ill woman is kept locked in a sparsely furnished room with extremely loud rock music playing much of the time to keep her awake for days at a time; she screams uncontrollably in fits, later complaining that she feels hot, feels fire and sees a young infant on the floor while she sometimes cries briefly, sweats profusely on the face and throat repeatedly and we see a long scar along her arm and hear that it represents a suicide attempt. A woman says that a doll is dead inside, she wants to sleep forever, she is herself evil, and she wants to die; she complains of fires and twice chants loudly, "Burning, burning, burning, burning, burning, bunging!"; a professor holds a candle flame under her bicep, a man shouts to stop and the woman screams as she receives burns from the candle flame (the next day as the bandage is changed and a little blood shows on the old bandage).
► A man beats on a closed door and it pounds back at him, it then opens and the researchers find a woman who says that a girl is just next to them in a burnt cradle, where the outline of a baby is seen smoldering; as she tries to pick up the baby, her dress catches fire and she groans and pulls up her gown to show a red symbol branded on her side below the ribs.
► Several experiments on a woman take the form of hypnosis using drugs and a flashing light (please see the Substance Use category for more details): she wears a leather band around her forehead with several large electrodes attached and wires leading from them to EMG machinery and oscilloscopes to record results during séances related to her hypnosis; four researchers and the woman hold hands around a table while loud stomping sounds emanate from upstairs and another room during these sessions; electrical static sounds loudly and two women scream while men shout in each session and the subject jumps up and grabs a baby doll from the table in one scene and it catches fire (we see the woman's hand reddened). During a séance, the room blackens and a light returns to power, static sounds loudly in the house later and electricity goes out for several moments, but when it comes back on, four people scream as red brands of a devil-worship cult appear on their shoulders or in the case of a woman, on her calf.
► A man who has lost some hair and wears red marks all over his face and arms is shown in a mental institution; his facial expression is wild as he says the truth is inside empty film canisters, then places his palms a distance away from each other, and causes smoke to form between them.
► Researchers place a woman onto an X-ray table and cover her with a black cloth and the camera cuts to the researchers looking at X -ray films of the woman; one is pink and another a deep red with a white face in one corner. Several scenes from home video footage show a pre-teen boy drawing a face with sunken black eyes and balding head; in one scene, a chandelier drops beside the boy and shatters and a woman screams off camera; the drawing is of a male character from a bedtime story and the boy says the man is evil and so is he (the boy); the boy cries at the drawing and asks it to leave him alone. A woman disappears from a locked room and a man searches for her in a house, shouting that she is safe and he and other researchers are her family now.
► We see a pre-teen boy with electrode attached all over his shaved head, crying and banging his head against a wall while asking his father to end the treatment. A 20-something adult male is shown confined to a mental hospital with his face blotchy and eyes wild looking as he sinks into a corner on the floor and an orderly covers him with a blanket.
► An older woman living across the street from a house where loud music is playing leans out her upper window and shouts loudly at the other house to quiet down until police arrive at the loud house and a man there agrees to turn down the volume; inside, the house is dirty, rundown, full of debris and has rotting doorframes and mildewed carpets, a woman says that the house is a prisoner and all the researchers there studying a mentally ill woman are her prisoners, and a man says the patient is possessed and they should kill whatever possesses her (a light bulb bursts upstairs as two people talk and a woman screams).
► A man belittles students and shouts at them, and they return his shouts with louder yelling. A research team has several loud arguments and in one scene, a professor slaps the experimental subject in the face and the rest of the researchers shout at him; he punches one of the males, who falls down (no blood is seen). A man shouts and kicks a set of croquet equipment across a lawn. We hear that a woman suffered rejection from several foster homes, because of her psychokinetic energy that breaks things around her and causes other things to catch fire; she screams off camera. A male student says that cult members all died in a house fire caused by a demon.
► A van door creaks and seems to open on its own. Inside an old house, we hear creaking doors frequently in the background. As a joke, a man smashes his face against an outside windowpane at night, shines a flashlight on his face, and screeches at a man inside, who jumps. In a meeting of men and women, a gas pipe loudly bursts causing the men and women to scream.
PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, insane, disgusting, idiots, child, fraud, fools, tart, cad, schoolgirl, sexist, joke, superstitious nonsense, mental deficients, con artists), stereotypical references to men, women, the mentally ill, college professors, college students, paranormal investigators, would-be heroes, skeptics, cult followers, 2 religious profanities (GD), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, My God, Oh My God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, God No, God Knows). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - Half a dozen scenes show a man or a woman filling a large hypodermic syringe from a vial of colorless drug and they administer the drug to a female patient in the upper arm or into her heart (we hear that one of the hypos contains something that will kill the patient and another one contains adrenalin). A man pops a champagne cork and he joins a woman and two other men in drinking, a group of men and a woman drink glasses of liquor, and a few empty liquor bottles are seen on a shelf in an old house. Dozens of scenes feature a man or a woman smoking cigarettes, a professor smokes inside and outside and carries his cigarette for extended periods in eleven scenes, a woman smokes four times in a living room and in a bathtub, and a male college student smokes indoors twice.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness, human subject protocol rules, torture, love, infatuation, obsessions, paranormal events, mysticism, devil worship, cults, black magic, superstitions, university experiments, foster homes, families.
MESSAGE - Be careful when examining paranormal events.