The Atticus Institute

Synopsis: In the fall of 1976, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania became the unwitting home to the only government-confirmed case of possession. The U.S. military assumed control of the lab under orders of national security and, soon after, implemented measures aimed at weaponizing the entity. The details of the inexplicable events that occurred are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Chris Sparling
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min


My dad had three kids.

Me, my sister, and the institute.

That's just the way it was.

You knew that if you had a baseball game or,

I don't know,

some sort of special event,

there was always a good chance

he might not be there.

I mean, don't get me wrong,

he was there a good amount of the time.

Just not all the time.

I remember I tried to trick him

into thinking I had ESP.

Or that I was moving stuff

around with my mind,

hoping it might get him to pay

a little more attention.

And he'd play along

for a few minutes, but...

then he'd leave for work.

I was four... when it happened.

So I don't have too many memories

of my father.

I kinda remember

what it felt like to be with him.

Talking with me, holding me.

One thing I've always remembered

is this game we used to play

on nights when he'd put me to bed.

He'd ask all these questions

about animals.

How many eyes does a fish have?

And I'd say, "Two."

How many noses does a monkey have?

How many ears does a gopher have?

That's really all there was to it.

I remember thinking it was fun.

We got married in 1965.

I wanted children right away,

but Henry wanted to wait.

'Cause it was about that time

that he was starting the institute.

And then he had a different

research lab job

at the same time so we could make rent.

He worked a lot.

Even after we had both kids.

But he loved it.

You know?

A man has the right to love his work.

Our goal was to conduct unbiased,

empirical research

on exceptional human abilities.

Psychokinesis, ESP, precognition.

Things that are typically considered

fringe science or parapsychology.

Dr. West, and the rest of us,

quite frankly,

all believed that there was real science

to be discovered in these areas.

We had a good time doing

what we were doing.

We were underfunded, of course,

but we were still relatively young,

so it didn't matter.

In the first few years alone,

we published close

to 30 journal articles between us.

And there were some

truly exceptional cases.

All documented.

Well, we did a lot of different

kinds of tests, but...

probably the most effective one

to measure clairvoyant abilities

were the Zener cards.

This one?

It's the lines. The wavy lines.

Well, if you select each card at random,

then the success ratio

will be close to 20%.

But we had several subjects

whose ratio was closer to 30%.

And that might not seem like very much,

but if you realize that we

did each test over 200 times,

you begin to understand

the virtual impossibility of that figure.

I think we were all secretly

hoping to discover the next Nina Kulagina.

She was a woman

from the former Soviet Union.

Truly remarkable.

Nina's psychokinetic abilities were

probably the most well-documented

and they stood up

to the strictest of scrutiny.

The closest we encountered

to that level was Norman LeClair.

French-Canadian man.

Norman's PK abilities

were astounding at times.

That's how it works. Pretty simple?


Try to vibrate the game board.

It's all right. Take your time.

That's all right. You gave it your best shot.

We can try again later.

Dr. West brought in colleagues,

some well-known and esteemed

researchers at the time,

to observe Norman.

All the necessary steps were taken

to prevent any claims of researcher bias

or improper testing methods.

All outside variables were controlled,

for this was to be the moment the snickering,

the talking behind hands

would finally stop.

This was proof.

- God, I can't believe that.

- Explain that.

- As we said.

- How do you explain that one?

How do you explain that?

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Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling (born March 21, 1977) is an American screenwriter, director, and actor from Providence, Rhode Island. He is married to Kerri Morrone Sparling, author of the diabetes blog Six Until Me. more…

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