GB 2002 1hr 48mins Dir: Nick Willing Starring: Goran Višnjić and Shirley Henderson
A hypnotherapist is caught up in the pursuit of a serial killer
This obscure crime horror has railway scenes throughout, the most notable of which takes place at the beginning. This consists of a young girl throwing herself off a railway bridge into the river below just as a train crosses behind her. The scene, which takes place at night, used the Epping-Ongar Railway and Cripsey Viaduct, with the line’s Class 117 DMU. Class 315 EMU’s and District Line trains of D78 stock can be seen passing in the background of a fair number of later scenes in East London, the former filmed around the Cambridge Heath area and the latter close to Bow Road station, whilst the final scenes are filmed around Canary Wharf with Docklands Light Railway trains passing across the landscape. There is also a surreal sequence filmed onboard a Northern Line train of 1995-built tube stock, plus a scene filmed at The Anchor Pub in Bankside, Southwark, with London Cannon Street station clearly visible across the Thames. Finally, there is an unusual glimpse of a long abandoned level crossing, probably in the Silvertown area. The movie is based on the 1991 book Doctor Sleep by Madison Smartt Bell, Doctor Sleep being an alternative title for the film as well as Hypnotic. This film, and indeed Bell’s book, should not be confused with the 2019 horror Doctor Sleep, which was adapted from the Stephen King novel of the same name.