Greystone Park (2012)
Director: Sean Stone
Where to get it: Amazon
In October 2009, the filmmakers went into an abandoned psychiatric hospital to explore the ‘haunted’ institution, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness. Electroshock, insulin therapy, and lobotomies were commonplace. Once inside, the filmmakers quickly discovered that they were not alone; this story is based on their experiences. We should also note one of those filmmakers is the film’s director and co-star, Sean Stone. And yes he is also the son of Oliver Stone who is also in the movie.
Greystone Park is a found footage film that takes more of a cue in presentation from Cannibal Holocaust. What I mean by that is we see a real film style before we go into the found footage style. I am sorry to say, but that is the only comparison I’d give it. Everything else is more along the lines of what you typically get today. I will however give props to the cast for their acting because as things in the film go from bad to worse in a plot standpoint you never once think it isn’t real based off their performances. Sean Stone if nothing else seems genuine as does everyone else. I just wish the film was a little bit more unique than it is.
The old fast cuts and dime light methods is used to put the jerks and screams into the audience as this thing rolls along. It keeps you looking at the background and in the shadows as its mood changes along the way. I don’t think much happens that you don’t expect or see coming (or have not seen before), but it never gets boring either way. This all leads up to a more confusing ending that might be a little much for the average movie watchers, but then again some of the more smarkiest films lovers out there could dig it’s out of left field nature.
– Alternate Ending
– Feature on the location