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Raising Cain

Director: Brian De Palma Run Time: 91 min. Format: Digtal Rating: R Release Year: 1992

Starring: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer

Multiple personalities murderously collide in this psychological thriller.

There’s a lot going on in Raising Cain. Respected child psychologist Dr. Carter Nix (John Lithgow) has a multiple personality disorder that manifests into many versions of “Cain”. Carter/Cain also has a very unhealthy method of procuring small children. It’s all here in this psychological crime thriller: father issues, adulterous wife, mental instability, childhood trauma, horrific murders. Very Hitchcockian. Some say Raising Cain’s shock ending is “influenced” by Dario Argento’s giallo Tenebre which, really, only endears it more to us.

Part of Nitehawk’s THE WORKS – BRIAN DE PALMA series.