In Review: The Scopia Effect

Reincarnation goes horribly wrong releasing dark forces across time. Basia accesses parts of her mind that should never be tampered with.

Synopsis: Reincarnation goes horribly wrong releasing dark forces across time. Basia accesses parts of her mind that should never be tampered with. Past lives merge with present as her reality becomes distorted, she fights for her very existence.

Review: Out today on DVD and Blu Ray this science fiction horror movie deals with reincarnation in a unique visual style of its own.

When I saw the trailer for this film. I was rather excited in as far as I thought it looked similar to ‘Altered States’, which is one of my favourite science fiction movies from the early 1980s. Indeed from a visual stand point ‘The Scopia Effect’ is very stylised with its flashback scenes and elements of those moments leaking into Basia’s real life.

Written and Directed by Christopher Butler ‘The Scopia Effect’ tries to do some interesting things and add some interesting twists to a story about Basia’s modern day troubles.

The characters are fairly strong and believable and Joanna Ignaczewska does incredibly well as Basia. But ultimately I think a lot of people will struggle with the films narrative, which is more like a jig saw puzzle than a traditional narrative. Which I feel means that one would need to have a bit of a deeper understanding of reincarnation and regression therapy to really get anything from this. 

It is not really what I’d refer to as an easy film to watch. Its the kind of movie that may need a few viewings before you get what it is trying to do.

The flashback scenes are done really well and the soundtrack is suitably creepy and works well with the various scenes going on in the film.

I think had this movie been made in the 1980’s and gotten released on a VHS during the home video craze of that day. It would potentially have a bit of a cult following now.

For the money spent on production. The film looks more expensive. The only real give away in terms of this films budget is the lack of any big name actors.

‘The Scopia Effect’ is out today on DVD and Blu Ray and is well worth a look for those that are curious about reincarnation and the darker side of the human psyche. If however you are looking for a by the numbers horror science fiction film where everything is sign posted for you. Then this is not the film for you.

The Scopia Effect
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  • Visual Effects
  • Soundtrack

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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