Crazy as Hell

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Released 2002

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Director:
Eriq La Salle
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Crazy as Hell is director Eric La Salle's first theatrical feature, a psychological horror film in which a famous psychiatrist, Dr. Ty Adams (Michael Beach), finds himself mentally sparring with a mysterious stranger claiming he is the Devil (Eric La Salle). The film opens with filmmaker Parker (John C. McGinley) producing a documentary about Dr. Adams' questionable methods at a state-run mental facility. As they are filming, a stranger appears and immediately derails the project by encouraging a suicidal patient to act. The stranger claims he is Satan and begins toying with Dr. Adams, who is already suffering emotional trauma from the recent death of his wife and daughter. As the cat and mouse game takes its toll upon Adams, he begins resorting to extreme and brutal methods to 'cure' his new patient. As events unfold, the stranger's subtle mental machinations begin to affect Adams' own perception of reality, calling into question his own methods and sanity. Before long, Adams is uncertain whether the stranger is insane or whether he is actually facing the embodiment of evil.moreless

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Starts encouragingly and finishes strongly with a twist, but the middle is weighed down by too much discourse when it should be visually evoking its ideas and developing its mood o...

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Starts on a note of relative naturalism and under Mr. La Salle's nuanced direction gradually becomes more and more unhinged until it concludes in an altogether different genre.

  • 20

    Variety Scott Foundas

    An erratic, psychobabbling jumble of scenes that never builds to any discernible point.

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Thrillers, Psychological, Supernatural