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The Diva's
"Lost Souls" Review

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Lost Souls (2000)
Rated R; approximate running time of 97 minutes
Directed by: Janusz Kaminski
Written by: Pierce Gardner and Betsy Stahl
Starring: Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, John Hurt, Alfre Woodard, Elias Koteas, and Sarah Wynter
Genre: Horror

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Maya Larkin (Winona Ryder) has a dubious distinction. She has survived an exorcism. Because of her survival, she is called upon to help with the exorcism of a man in a mental ward. The exorcism fails, but she takes some books and writings that she found there.

The papers are series of numerical codes that she manages to decipher. It states that Satan is coming to earth and taking over a human form. The human is Peter Kelson, (Ben Chaplain) an author of books about serial killers, including a book about the man that they had tried to perform the exorcism on.

She contacts Peter and asks him to listen to a tape of the exorcism. He plays it and hears nothing. A sign that means that he has been contaminated.

Upon doing some research, they find out how he fits the criteria for the satanic transformation. You must be a child of incest and you must never have been baptized, among other things. Peter fits everything to a "T". They also find out that the transformation will take place at the exact time of his 33rd birthday so they are running out of time and must stop the devil from walking among man.

The Dish

Baptize his ass. End of story. It's really that simple. Since you must meet every single criterion, why not pick one thing and change it. The simplest would be to baptize him. But NOOOOOOOO. They have to run around the city and waste time. Is it just me or does that not make sense?

The one cool part of the movie is when Maya figures out that someone is possessed and calls his bluff. The movie was engaging for about 45 mins. After that I was just like, "Baptize him, Kill him, or leave him be, but do something so I can go."

Nothing else stood out. Nobody's acting was horrible, but nobody's was exceptional either. It was just "blech"

Yeah this was a horror all right...

The Directive

Rent it.

red
"Rosemary's Baby" 30 years later.


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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2000
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