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Altered Minds

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Michael Z. Wechsler

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About the Movie

‘Altered Minds’ is a psychological thriller about a tormented son who makes a desperate bid to save his sanity by unearthing family secrets before his father dies. Plagued by terrifying visions, Tommy Shellner hijacks a family celebration in an attempt to force a confession from his once CIA psychiatrist father. The warm reunion in their family home turns icy and spirals out of control when Tommy alleges his father adopted three children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A good mystery and earnest performances keep the movie lively, though the confined location and limited plot ultimately make the end product feel paltry. – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, Nov 19, 2015

Fresh: While it sometimes comes off like a staged play, it's an impressive debut from a director in full control of the material. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 19, 2015

Fresh: If the resolution isn't quite as satisfying as either the buildup or the performances by the likes of Dexter's C.S. Lee, it's still a well-made thriller. – Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/, Nov 21, 2015

Rotten: It's all in the service of what turns out to be a find-what-the-filmmaker-has-hidden narrative riddle, a pretty well executed one when all is said and done, but a not terribly memorable one either. – Glenn Kenny,, Nov 20, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Deep, dark, and undeniably awesome

This movie sucked me in from the very beginning and had me until the very end. GREAT acting, GREAT storyline, GREAT movie!

Twists and Turns You Won't See Coming

This intriguing psychological thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat at every twist and turn! The entire cast does an outstanding job portraying a family that is trying to hold it together as everything is falling apart. It's filled with suspense and mystery and just when you think you might have figured it out, you realize you haven't! I will be keeping an eye on director Michael Wechsler and can't wait to see what he does next...

Masterful blend of Bergman, Polanski and O'Neil

Writer/director Michael Wechsler has fashioned a top-notch psychological thriller, which blends elements of the three above-mentioned masters of their craft into a wholly unique film.

The Shellner family reunites during a cold winter holiday for the last time, as the patriarch (Judd Hirsch) is succumbing to cancer. An internationally-renowned psychologist, Dr. Shellner is most famous for his work with war veterans suffering from PTSD. When horror novelist son Tommy (Ryan O'Nan) arrives at the gathering, his behavior starts out being erratic and escalates into borderline-psychotic rants, hurling accusations at his father of terrible abuse he heaped upon his children as they were growing up. Tommy's siblings (Jamie Ray Newman, C.S. Lee, Joseph Lyle Taylor) and their concerned, caring mother (Caroline Lagerfelt) slowly put the pieces of the twisted puzzle together, building to a shattering climax.

This is the kind of film that proves you don't need a mega-billion dollar budget of special effects, explosions and guys in tights and capes to make for an entertaining, thought-provoking evening at the cinema. There isn't a false note in the entire production. Direction, script, cinematography, and especially the performances are all top-notch. Kudos to all involved.

I shall look forward with great anticipation to more work from Mr. Wechsler in the future. 10/10.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2015

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