Lost Souls (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Janusz Kamiński|
|Produced by||Meg Ryan
Nina R. Sadowsky
|Screenplay by||Pierce Gardner|
|Story by||Betsy Stahl
Philip Baker Hall
|Music by||Jan A. P. Kaczmarek|
|Edited by||Anne Goursaud
Andrew Mondshein (recut)
Castle Rock Entertainment
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
A small group of Roman Catholics believe that Satan intends to become man just as God did in the person of Jesus. Writings from a seemingly possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson (Chaplin). The group suspect that it is his body Satan has chosen to occupy. The youngest of the group Maya Larkin (Ryder), meets Peter to investigate further and to try to convince him of embodied evil. Other signs come to him as he and Maya take a journey full of strange occurrences, self-discovery and an ultimate showdown.
- Winona Ryder as Maya Larkin
- Ben Chaplin as Peter Kelson
- Sarah Wynter as Claire Van Owen
- Philip Baker Hall as Father James
- John Hurt as Father Lareaux
- Elias Koteas as John Townsend
- Brian Reddy as Father Frank Page
- John Beasley as Detective Mike Smythe
- John Diehl as Henry Birdson
- Anna Gunn as Sally Prescott
The film was shot in 1998 on location in Los Angeles and New York City in America. The film was initially set for release in October 1999, however, due to a flood of "End of the World" movies such as End of Days scheduled for release around the same time the decision was made to delay the film. The second date for release February 2000 was also cancelled due to conflict with the very popular Scream franchise. The final release date of October 2000, was finally decided upon, which also happened to be the same exact day as the re-release of The Exorcist.
The film was given very negative reviews from critics, though the condemnation was somewhat tempered by praise for its photography and atmosphere. It currently holds a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews with the consensus stating: "Though Kaminski's film is visually stylish, Lost Souls is just another derivative entry in the Apocalypse genre, with lackluster direction, unengaging characters, and no scares." It is ranked at number 95 on their 100 worst-reviewed movies of the 2000s.
Elvis Mitchell in The New York Times wrote: "There are some particularly fine visual details; it's the central story that's lacking ... After what is supposed to be a harrowing moment, Kelson says, 'I was surprised but I was never frightened.' That about sums up Lost Souls."
The critical review from Film4 wrote: "Concluding with an ending reminiscent of both The Game and Jacob's Ladder (though delivered with the panache of neither), Lost Souls is not worth seeking out."