Paraphrenia is defined as “an organized system of paranoid delusions with or without hallucinations.” It’s what Judy, the protagonist in the upcoming English-language German horror film named after the disorder, suffers from, as she discovers that there may be a hell of a lot more to what she’s going through than simply hallucinations.
Paraphrenia ultimately looks like it may be a return to form for the good old fashioned psychological horror film, which has been seriously missed as of late. The cast includes Sofia Filonos, Kristina Kostiv, Ulrich Günther, Silke Simon, Philip Barth, and Filip Chalatsis, who wrote/directed the film. Chalatsis is a well-respected name in the horror industry, with films like The Marriage, Sick, and Razor under his belt, so it has the potential for greatness; and although there’s no release date yet, you can follow the film on Facebook and its very detailed official website.
Judy is a mental patient who suffers from the Fregoli Delusion, a rare case in which a person cannot identify faces, not being able to tell what is real and what isn’t.
After waking up inside a green van in the middle of a field, Judy manages to get back home. With her cell phone being broken, she grabs her laptop to seek help. The first thing she sees is an e-mail from her best friend, Mark, with a file attachment, a video file. She opens the video and witnesses Mark committing suicide in front of the camera.
The series of shocking events forces Judy to meet an old girlfriend, Jessica, who also knew Mark. Jessica had a similar experience six months ago, with one of her friends committing suicide and also recording it on video. The two girls realize that this cannot be a coincidence. The whole thing brings them very close together, even close to an erotic relationship, which makes Judy even more confused.
Under the guidance of her psychologist, Judy is trying to remember; she tries to connect the dots between her abusing father, her dead mother, Mark, Jessica, and the true nature of her psychologist. The truth is far more absurd and gruesome compared to her delusions…
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