The Johnsons

  • 1992
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

An unusual mix of traditional horror elements and psychological drama makes for an oddly haunting film that revolves around an adolescent girl's fear of sexual maturity and an ancient prophecy that will unleash a vindictive Amazonian god on modern-day day Europe. 1981: Dr. Johnson (Johan Leysen), who once took part in an expedition to the study the Amazon's...read more

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An unusual mix of traditional horror elements and psychological drama makes for an oddly haunting film that revolves around an adolescent girl's fear of sexual maturity and an ancient prophecy that will unleash a vindictive Amazonian god on modern-day day Europe. 1981: Dr. Johnson (Johan Leysen), who once took part in an expedition to the study the Amazon's Maxitou Indians, delivers seven identical infants in a Dutch hospital. The delivery is long and difficult, and while driving home in a blinding storm, Johnson pulls over into a wooded area and is killed under mysterious circumstances. Twenty-one years later, 14-year-old Emalee Lucas (Esmee de la Bretoniere) is having nightmares filled with blood and sexual violence. Both her mother, widowed photographer Victoria (Monique van de Ven), and her therapist attribute the dreams to anxiety about puberty in general and the delayed onset of Emalee's first menstrual period in particular. Assigned to photograph night herons in an isolated marsh, Victoria decides to make the outing a kind of mother-daughter adventure, camping out with Emalee and sharing girl talk through the night. But the trip takes a disturbing turn when they come upon what appears to be a high-security fort in the marshlands, which Emalee recognizes from her dreams. They have no way of knowing the fort is actually a secure psychiatric facility with only seven residents, the now-grown Johnson septuplets; at age seven they murdered 16 other children, obsessively scrawling an obscure glyph on the walls in their victims' blood, and have been confined ever since. Meanwhile, Professor Keller (Otto Sterman) discovers an old filmstrip at the university where he teaches; it depicts rituals of the Maxitou Indians, who worship the bloodthirsty fetus-god Xangadix. Keller, whose academic specialty is demonology and exorcism, begins researching the cult of Xangadix and learns of a prophecy involving seven identical brothers and the unfortunate virgin who will become Xangadix's bride. Though uneven, this ambitious genre effort contains some extremely creepy sequences and lacks the smarmy, puritanical bias that drives so many American horror films.

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  • Released: 1992
  • Rating: NR
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