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Screener Squad: Hypnotic

Hypnotic Movie Review


Sexy suspense thrillers are the bread and butter of networks like Lifetime. But even with some of that sweet Netflix money and talent from the Mike Flanagan acting troupe, are there any surprises to be had in a type of movie that does exactly what you think it’s going to do from the moment it starts? It’s one of those films where you see an actor hit the screen, and without a hearing a single line of dialogue, you know, “Um yeah, that’s the bad guy.” Can a movie that follows what feels like a checklist elevate itself beyond the others? Or is a “straight to streaming” thriller no better than the rest? That’s what Melina, Lewayne, and T.C. have decided to discuss in their review of the new Netflix feature. Kate Siegel (“The Haunting of Hill House”) plays Jenn, a young woman seeking self-improvement after a tough few years of fighting off depression. She enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist, Dr. Colin Meade (Jason O’Mara). But after a handful of intense sessions, Jenn discovers unexpected and deadly consequences that lead her on a cat and mouse chase, along with Dulé Hill as Detective Wade Rollins, a cop with a cold case he is determined to solve. Now, close your eyes. We want you both to listen to the sounds of our voices and enjoy our review…


DIRECTED BY: Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote

STARRING: Kate Siegel, Jason O’Mara, Dulé Hill, Lucie Guest, Jaime M. Callica, Tanja Dixon-Warren, Luc Roderique, Devyn Dalton, Stephanie Cudmore, Jessie Fraser, Darien Martin, Madeleine Kelders




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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