Mary Lambert made her name as a director with 1989’s “Pet Sematary.” Ever since, she’s seemed intent on destroying it with one below-average film after another, including “Urban Legends: Bloody Mary” and her latest, “The Attic.”
People avoid attics because they’re dank and dusty “ a fact seemed lost on young Emma (Elisabeth Moss, TV’s “Mad Men”), who enters the one in her family’s new-to-them house and immediately starts having spooky visions of herself, all pancake-batter-white and sped-up.
Despite all better judgment and the ominous symbols she finds, she keeps going up there, and taking others with her, from her retarded brother (screenwriter Tom Malloy) and love interest Jason Lewis (TV’s “Sex and the City”). The twin she sees turns murderous.
The story is leaden, the actors are bland, and the whole things hovers on the level of a made-for-TV movie buried in a sacrificial time slot. Its trailer has the audacity to announce “Don’t “¦ go “¦ into “¦ the attic!” but really, that’s damned good advice.