Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein also directed Underworld: Awakening, but today we’re here to discuss this Pittsburgh-shot movie that is packed with City of Bridges locations such as downtown Pittsburgh, the Fort Pitt Tunnel, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, the Community College of Allegheny County, the now-closed Spin Bartini and Ultra Lounge in Shadyside, the Braddock Carnegie Library where I saw Earth in concert one magical night, the home of Mayor John Fetterman, houses in Schenley Farms, the Collier maintenance yard and — most importantly — Ritter’s Diner in Bloomfield.
Writer Michael Cooney also was behind Jack Frost and its sequel Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman and this movie is as absolutely dumb as those movies. Dr. Cara Harding (Julianne Moore) is recovering from the death of her husband when her father introduces her to Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a patient who can do more than switch personalities, he can also change physical characteristics with each different side of his brain. Like how one of those forms, David Burnberg, requires a wheelchair.
Cara learns that the real David was killed many years ago and when she brings the man’s mother to met Adam, he tells her something so upsetting that she screams that he is evil.
Meanwhile, Cara sees no issue letting Adam play with her daughter Sammy (Brooklynn Proulx), who has given up on God after the deatah of her father. I mean, she already knows that Adam is also taking on the aspects of a metal singer who killed himself named Wes — not Sammie Curr — and his house is filled with Satanic paraphenelia and a dead body in the bathtub.
After Adam is arrested, Cara meets a witch doctor who shows him how she does psychic surgery and can move souls into containers. This is followed by a story about a faithless priest who told people in town that they didn’t need vaccines and still got his daughters shots. The people killed those two girls and the witch doctor sucked out his soul and filled his body with mud so that it would roam forever. I would assume this is supposed to be Washington County which track. Tarentum would also work.
So yeah — Adam isn’t Adam, he’s the soul of all that priest in a new body, the real Adam is dead and Sammy is the one that he really wants. Whew — I went into this hoping for another Yinzer Giallo film, but it’s so filled with the supernatural that it just doesn’t work.
You can watch this on Tubi.