It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Stigmata (1999), so when I saw that it was going to be on TV, I had to put it in the DVR. I always found this film strange and disturbing. I like how they used the real stigmata location and give an explanation of the placement.
This isn’t the first horror flick Patricia Arquette has been in. She was Kristen Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, which was her film debut. Over the years I’ve seen her in tones of things, but never really paid attention to her, even when she was Allison Dubois in the TV series Medium (I only saw a few episodes). Her role as Frankie Page is what made me take notice. The character is oddly reminiscent of Roberta Glass in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) played by her sister Rosanna Arquette over a decade prior.
Stigmata for me, was pivotal because it highlighted possession in a different way than the Exorcist had done. In her fugue state, Frankie sees things and fucked up shit happens to her. There are also intriguing theories being tossed around about the truth of what is happening to Frankie. The special effects aren’t that extreme or over the top.
I’ve always liked Stigmata, and give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.