Gothika

Gothika

Mathieu Kassovitz (2003)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
For this overblown horror effort, director Mathieu Kassovitz deploys every cliché in the book - and then moves on to volume two. Halle Berry plays a distinguished psychiatrist who, after a devastating car crash, finds herself incarcerated in her own asylum accused of the bloody murder of her husband. She has no memory of these events and, to make matters worse, is haunted by ghostly images of a young girl. Could there be a connection? As a rule, understatement is always more effective with horror movies, but it's a rule that is ignored here with endless, portentous thunderstorms and pale-faced ghouls that leap out of dark corners. Kassovitz seems happy to mix these cheap genre staples with elements pilfered from The Sixth Sense and Ring, among others. The result is mostly ridiculous and - with the exception of a couple of cynically engineered but effective jolts - resolutely unscary.

Summary

A psychiatrist wakes to find herself confined in the mental hospital where she once worked, accused of her husband's murder. Just when she thinks her situation could not get any worse, the spirit of a dead teenager begins to haunt her. Psychological horror, starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr, Penelope Cruz and Bernard Hill.

Cast & Crew

Dr Miranda Grey Halle Berry
Dr Pete Graham Robert Downey Jr
Chloe Sava Penelope Cruz
Phil Parsons Bernard Hill
Sheriff Ryan John Carroll Lynch
Dr Douglas Grey Charles S Dutton
Teddy Howard Dorian Harewood
Irene Bronwen Mantel
Rachel Parsons Kathleen Mackey
Director Mathieu Kassovitz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, nudity and flashing images. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama