Movie Review: Regression backtracks on satanic horror and falls flat on its face

One can make a creepy demonic horror movie, or one can make a sorrowful exposé about a real-world phenomenon that destroyed multiple families, but it’s exceedingly difficult to make both at the same time. Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, The Sea Inside) gives it his best shot with Regression, which he both wrote and directed, and comes up woefully short on both sides of the ledger. The film poses as horror for most of its running time, but only viewers who are completely ignorant about “satanic ritual abuse” will find the movie even remotely scary or thrilling, as everyone else will just be waiting for the inevitable but long-delayed “twist.” When the shoe finally drops, however, it does so in a way that makes a mockery of the very real pain that the victims suffered, and even inadvertently (one hopes) provides ammunition for hateful cretins seeking to discredit …

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