Film Review: Tom Walker Returns Home To Where The Madness Began

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Delirium is a horror film directed by Dennis Iliadis and written by Adam Alleca.  It was released in 2018.  Topher Grace, Patricia Clarkson, Geneva Rodriguez, and Callan Mulvey are part of the cast.

Grace plays a young man named Tom Walker who is released on house arrest from a mental institution where he spent twenty years after being involved in a murder.  Walker is confined to the house and electronically monitored through the pesky ankle bracelet.  Clarkson is the stern parole officer who may have a heart after all.  Of course, Tom’s new prison is a rather impressive mansion.  If his life wasn’t tragically complicated enough, his father had just committed suicide days before his release.  Tom, of course, has some trouble adjusting to such isolation in spite of the opulent surroundings.  The creaks and groans throughout the house do not help, especially when he finds the place riddled with secret passages and peepholes.

Now that I am seeing this in writing, it does seem a little more absurd than when I was watching the movie.  The pretty girl played by Geneva Rodriguez has some problems of her own and of course bonds with our troubled protagonist.

Tom has an older brother with much more alarming appetites, and he turns up. Of course, the writers intended it to be uncertain if the psycho was really there or if Tom was hallucinating.  So that explains the presence of Callan Mulvey.

Once again, the movie starts off with a pretty gripping premise.  Topher Grace does put in a pretty convincing performance.  Clarkson is also a welcome presence to this film.  The revelations are meant to be quite shocking but end up causing some exasperation as this film reaches its gruesome climax.

The film does have some interesting ideas, and I sort of like films with big spooky houses even if it’s an overused trope.

The film still suffers from some of the same missteps of many in this genre, but the performances weren’t that bad, and it did start off pretty promising,  It ended up not being a terrible cinematic diversion, but as I find myself noting quite repetitively, it’s not likely going to be a memorable one.

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