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Film Review: 6 Souls (2010)

6-souls-bluray SYNOPSIS:

Cara (Julianne Moore) is a forensic psychiatrist who doesn’t believe that Multiple Personality Syndrome exists. Her father (who is also a psychiatrist) then introduces her to his newest patient, a young man who has a split personality (a few of them, actually). Cara soon learns that all of the personalities that supposedly lurk inside him are were once real people who are murder victims, so she goes on an investigation to the bottom of things. Is he suffering from Multiple Personality Syndrome? Is he possessed by the spirits of the dead, or is the reason for his condition something a lot more evil?


Before I watched it I had never even heard of “Shelter.” I didn’t really know what it was about other than a pretty brief description that I read about it online so I pretty much went into it blind not really knowing what to expect. I thought that it was going to be a long, boring suspense/thriller with a light horror feel to it. I’m happy to admit that I was wrong. While it isn’t a hardcore, balls out horror flick there are some genuinely creepy moments and the tone of the movie is just unsettling in general. I was hooked from the first moment the man’s personality changed until the very last scene.

I think the thing that I liked the most about the movie is that it keeps you guessing the entire time. You are given several puzzle pieces through out the movie and if you can put them all together before all is revealed you are smarter than I am. I was confident I knew how things were going to turn out but I was dead wrong. There are a lot of twists and turns here and I had a great time trying to figure everything out. I don’t want to spoil anything but let’s just say that the explanation for the man’s disorder is quite original and something that hasn’t really been done before.

Shelter (2010)

“Shelter” has a very talented cast and I thought that Julianne Moore was great as usual. Jeffrey DeMunn (from “The Mist” and “Terror in Toyland”) is pretty good as Cara’s father who disagrees with her opinion on Multiple Personality Syndrome and keeps trying to get her to change her mind about it. Jonathan Rhys Meyers rocks it as the guy suffering from all the different personalities and does an excellent job of switching back and forth between his different personas (I think he rules when he is in wheelchair bound David mode). Nathan Corddry is also good as Uncle Stephen and provides some light comedy relief.

Shelter (2010)

Really the only downside of the movie is that  for someone who is supposed to be so smart Cara can be pretty stupid at times and her obsession to prove that the guy doesn’t have multiple personalities (or her denial that there is something supernatural going on)  gets a little old at times. He says things that there is no way in hell he could know and she witnesses him do things that are obviously not normal. There is even a part where she sees some of his X-rays and they appear to be from two different people but still she stubbornly refuses to admit that there is something out of the ordinary going on with him. If she had just opened her eyes and hadn’t tried so hard to prove her dad wrong she could’ve saved herself a lot of time and things may have turned out differently for her and those around her.

Shelter (2010)

I thought that “Shelter” was a well-written film that had a very original idea behind it. I liked pretty much everything about it (even the ending, which I am sure some people will hate) and I don’t quite get all the negative comments I saw about it online. I didn’t see anything wrong with it and I think that if most people just gave it a chance they would dig it. If you want to see a film that is original, entertaining, and keeps you guessing then “Shelter” is for you.

6 Souls is now available on bluray from Anchor Bay

6 Souls (2010)

About Todd Martin

Todd Martin grew up in Irvington, a small town in Kentucky. Thanks to his mother, father, and favorite uncle he started watching horror films at a very young age and has been a horror geek ever since. He is basically a walking encyclopedia of horror flicks (especially the 80’s slashers), comic books, and pro wrestling, and has been writing for the biggest majority of his life.

His first book, Nightmare Tales was published in 2006 and he has had several short stories published in several collections. He and his wife Trish published their book “The Gardener,” a horror novel that is a throwback to the slasher films of the 80’s in 2011 and he is working on a collection of short horror stories When he isn’t reviewing movies and books or doing interviews for Horrornews.net he has been known to act from time to time as he has appeared in a handful of low budget horror films. He also enjoys writing screenplays and enjoys making movies as well. He wrote the segment “Angel” which appeared in the 2004 film “Tales from the Grave 2: Happy Holidays!” which was produced and directed by Stephanie Beaton, and recently appeared in Tim Ritter’s film “Deadly Dares: Truth or Dare 4.”. He resides in Kentucky with his wife Trish, their cat Buffy, and their wiener dog, Cujo

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  1. I am totally agree with your review, it is so original and entertaining. It was combination of multi personality syndrome and some kind of anti Christ. And it was worth to watch until the end and kept guessing until the last scene, though I don’t really agree with the ending, but it is really good thriller movie.

  2. My husband and I just saw the movie last night and we both have to agree that it was a GOOD movie! The story was original and it did keep me guessing till the end of the movie. After watching Shelter, my first thought was “Finally, a great thriller movie!!!” which is what it is. I especially loved the ending because it wasn’t one of the typical happily-ever-after endings. Don’t be fooled by some of the negative movie reviews going around about this movie, this is one of the good ones.

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