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Headspace (2005)

Christopher Denham , William Atherton , Andrew van den Houten  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Denham, William Atherton, Sean Young, Olivia Hussey
  • Directors: Andrew van den Houten
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Moderncine
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071BY2GO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Alex (Christopher Denham, Shutter Island) encounters a mysterious stranger, he begins to get smarter each day. It's not long before he realizes that his new intellect comes with deadly side effects. Headaches and visions plague him at every step. Soon, savage unexplainable murders are linked to him. Now, it's a race against time as Alex discovers that the source of this evil may not be human and the key to this mystery may be in his own past. His journey in this psychological horror is aided by: Olivia Hussey (Stephen King's IT), Dee Wallace Stone (Cujo), Udo Kier (Blade), Sean Young (Blade Runner), William Atherton (Ghostbusters), Mark Margolis (Black Swan), Paul Sparks (HBO's Boardwalk Empire), and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Modest Horror October 16, 2006
For a film that boasts "gore and beasties and gratuitous nudity" and revealing that "the scariest place on earth is between our own ears," "Headspace" falls short of its proclamations. It attempts to be an intelligent thriller that relies more on the "what if?" factor than anything else. Sure, there are a couple of reasonably gory moments in the film, but nothing worthy of the praises or awards it features on its DVD case. The gratuitous nudity is late night Cinemax-worthy, but nothing to write home about.

The story involves the splitting of two young brothers by a seemingly uncaring father after the violent death of their mother. One boy has become super intelligent and is the focus of this tale, while the other is slowly revealed through flashbacks in the smart brother's mind. Our hero begins to have vicious headaches and horrible nightmares that eventually put him in the hospital. Unable to diagnose him, his doctor releases him into the care of a psychiatrist who attempts to figure out what's going on in his head. As the days go by, however, the body count grows. Eventually, the boy figures out what's really happening in his mind and attempts to struggle with his demons both inside and outside of his brain.

The story does have a nice twist to it involving a key character in the story, but I don't want to give away any more information. Had a little more time been spent on this tale, and less emphasis on tauting the gore, this could have been a wonderful, suspenseful tale. Instead, we get a movie that attempts to be both intelligent and gory at the same time and fails at both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CEREBRAL HORROR October 11, 2006
For a low budget indie, HEADSPACE isn't all that bad..unfortunately, it's not all that good either...but it maintained my interest and relies on atmospheric spookiness most of the time with a few scenes of gory terror. Although it's plot is sometimes nebulous, it is a psychological thriller focusing on "links" between our world and the "netherworld." Christopher Denham is very good as Alex, a young man plagued with horrific visions, headaches and the incredible gift of an almost photographic memory. His search to find out what's wrong with him leads him to a superior chess player, a sympathetic psychiatrist AND murderous demons.

Veteran performers Olivia Hussey, William Atherton, Udo Keir, Dee Wallace Stone and Mark Margolis are along for the ride and ultimately contribute to a better than average if not great thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars HOW ABOUT A NICE GAME OF CHESS? September 5, 2014
The film opens with young Harry's (Daniel Manche) birthday. It is ruined by his mother's (Sean Young) non-cocaine related nosebleed (the worse kind). Dad blows off mom's head, doesn't go to jail and then we see Alex (Christopher Denham), Harry's younger brother at the age of 25. Both have demonic visions as children.

Alex takes aspirin for his migraines as if he doesn't have any stomach lining. He is smart, but works as a house sitter and is not very good at it as he leaves the door open and passes out. Alex is obsessed with the chess guy in the park as his mental condition has sparked the interest of local doctors.

The film blends the supernatural with the real world and does so that it remains a mystery. The low budget aspect (note Dee Wallace is in it) prevented them from doing anything constructive or interesting with Alex's intellect other than learn to play chess. The guy could memorize any book at a glance and all he wants to do is play chess...hey, I got an idea, how about working on your own migraines.

Even though they attempted to develop Alex's character, I never got attached to him. When things did happen, they did so in a low budget, made-for-TV type fashion. 2 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Pollyanna McIntosh of "The Woman")
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headspace Will Mess With Your Head July 25, 2006
This movie is deranged, and I mean that in a good way. Yes, it's a horror movie, yes there's a partially undraped hottie, and yes, there are some really good "gotcha" moments that will make you jump. But watching Chris Denham come unglued makes for interesting viewing. His character acts like a real person and not a cardboard cutout, or the typical dumb guy horror movie protagonist who goes into the dark house without a flashlight or a clue. It's fun, it's kind of scary and, (sorry, can't resist) Headspace is, well, heady. So turn off the lights, nuke the popcorn, and have fun!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and interesting February 28, 2013
I can understand why some didn't like this movie. People are too used to typical storylines in horror that something innovative is actually jarring. The vast majority of horror movies involve surburban teens or college-aged kids who unsuspectingly become victims for some horrible monster/slasher. Either that or it involves some lone, cute chick.

This flick is different: it involves a male; there isn't a romance subplot; it is slow-paced; it takes place in an urban area; and the movie actually tries to give good characterization. As a result, it actually tries to make the viewer think. The typical horror moviegoer is used to the cliched elements I mentioned above that include cardboard characters. I'm sure the average horror moviegoer thought consciously or subconsciously, "Whoa. I'm used to horror movies that have paper-thin characterization and recycled storylines and cliches. This is a horror movie that tries to make me think. I don't know if I'm able to do that for a horror movie." I'm not trying to say the average horror movie fan is dumb. I'm saying that he's so used to mindless horror that he's unable to wrap his head around horror that tries to engage his brain.

It's kind of like those people I know who only use their phone for texting. When I call to have a phone conversation they are so used to texting that they do not know how to speak over the phone. Example:

Friend: "Hu waddawawa" (Hey, what do you want?)
Me: "I want to talk to you."
Friend: "Wai innid yew teth me?" (Why didn't you text me?)
Me: "Because I wanna hear your voice."
Friend: "Ai kaina bessie. Cunnyu juss teth me?" (I'm kind of busy. Can you just text me?)
Me: "You're not busy. This is your day off. You're probably just sitting home watching reruns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Head into horror
This one poses the question: what if the proverbial 70% of our mind's potential were unlocked? Maybe unleashed would be a better word. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Novel Man
5.0 out of 5 stars This Head Is Haunted...
HEADSPACE is the twisted tale of another realm beyond our own. It seems that a young genius named Alex has somehow opened a gate to this alternate dimension, causing it to bleed... Read more
Published on June 14, 2009 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
3.0 out of 5 stars Absurd, yet strangely watchable
I can see why Stuart Gordon liked this alot.

While bordering on cliche, it's hard to discount some facts. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Ronald Battista
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice psychics movie
I enjoyed this movie the plot move a bit slowly but it is rather good. Like someone else said the movie is full of clichés but that do not make it bad. Read more
Published on February 6, 2009 by Anja Rebekka Schultze
2.0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD YET FAILED
Published on January 14, 2008 by Ruggero Deodato
2.0 out of 5 stars No suspense, no scares, lots of cliches
The family dog is mutilated. The family is in danger so they jump into their truck to escape and it won't start. Two horror movie cliches within the first 5 minutes of the movie. Read more
Published on December 29, 2007 by Christopher Hivner
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun, frightening
This movie was just that-fast, fun, and frightening- what more could a horror movie provide? This particular horror movie also delivers an intricate, winding plot that leaves you... Read more
Published on January 15, 2007 by Madelyn Pryor
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time!
In all, this is at best a mediocre afternoon TV movie or a straigt to DVD release. How did the film ever win the awards indicated on the cover? Read more
Published on November 26, 2006 by Tristan
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
every now and again something comes out under the radar...Headspace is that something...the story is fairly intriguing and the acting is very good... Read more
Published on October 15, 2006 by Laserman
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