Nutcracker: An American Nightmare (2007) – By Brian Morton

I have to admit that when I first saw the word Nutcracker on the cover of this DVD, was sure that someone was releasing a Christmas DVD a little too late, but after watching it, I’ve learned a few things. You see, Nutcracker is (allegedly) a term that psychiatrists use to refer to each other…appropriate, don’t you think? So, instead of a little holiday movie, I got something wildly different!

Nutcracker: An American Nightmare is the story of Carlton Fairfax, a psychiatrist who has an interesting approach to healing the mentally ill. Carlton is using a new experimental drug and equipment to merge his mind with the minds of the sick to better understand what’s wrong with them, thus allowing him to heal them more effectively and more quickly. Now, that’s a nice idea, but when Carlton takes on a new patient and then begins having hallucinations, things begin getting very strange. I’d love to tell you a little bit more, but I really don’t want to give away too much of the story here.

Nutcracker is a tale of twists and turns that seem to lead nowhere at first, in fact, I found myself wandering just a little bit through the middle, but stick with it my friends, because when the story kicks back in, everything makes sense. The casting in Nutcracker is very very good, Bill Bragg plays a wonderfully weird psychiatrist, he claims to want to help, but there seems to be something else there…and there is! And David Hess plays another mental patient, but again, there’s much more to the performance than meets the eye. Nutcracker: An American Nightmare is a lot deeper than your usual thriller and while it might seem a bit slow in places, never fear, it all pays off in the end! If you’d like to check out this interesting movie for yourself, drop over to Brain Damage Films and take a look for yourself, it might be named for a Christmas ornament, but there’s no holiday cheer here! So, until next time, when I’ll have my psychiatrist untie my straight jacket long enough for me to write up another movie, remember that the best movies are bad movies.