The film has been in and out of the headlines following a number of bizarre incidents, disappearances and even police intervention during filming last year. The Lucifer Effect first hit the headlines last year when one of the participants was almost throttled by another cast member. Police seized the footage and the film was put on hold.
The film studies the social condition known as The Lucifer Effect – a psychological consequence that is said to occur when ‘good’ people are given power over others in an evil place. The effect was first investigated in the 1970s during the infamous Stanford Prison experiment. The Lucifer Effect producers recreated a modern day equivalent in an abandoned mental asylum.
The controversial new British horror movie, The Lucifer Effect will overcome its alleged ‘curse’ to debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week.
Your book, The Lucifer Effect, has become one of the core texts of the “situationist” school of thought, which has been gaining momentum of late. In what ways have you seen the Person-Situation-System understanding described in the book begin to take hold and tangibly change peoples’ thinking?