THE INSTITUTE (2017) Reviews and overview



The Institute is a 2017 American horror film co-directed by James Franco (who also stars) and Pamela Romanowsky from a screenplay by Adam and Matt Rager.

In 19th century Baltimore, a girl struck with grief from her parents’ untimely death, voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute.

Unfortunately, she is subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control, and must escape the clutches of the Rosewood to exact her revenge…

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Main cast:

James Franco, Allie Gallerani, Tim Blake Nelson, Lori Singer, Scott Haze, Joe Pease, Eric Roberts and Josh Duhamel.


“Even Poe knew to wink at his audience and embrace the ridiculousness every once in a while. It’s not that The Institute has the wrong tone—it is toneless; flat and unemotional. And that situation isn’t helped by the more inexperienced cast members, some of whom deliver lines as if they’re being fed them through an earpiece.” Brian Tallerico,

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California


In the US, The Institute was released theatrically and on VOD on March 3, 2017, by Momentum Pictures.