Greystone Park (2012)
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The camera work is awful. I'm not just talking about the shaky camera, which certainly is annoying, I'm talking about the logic behind the cameras. I understand that some people just love the idea of found footage movies, and that is fine, but this movie is just pretending to be a found footage movie. There are LOTS of camera shots that are not from an in-movie camera. Take the first scene for example: our protagonists are sitting around a table and the camera switches around randomly, all while there is a main camera that one of the protagonists is filming from. Later, while the three protagonists are sneaking into the asylum, they walk through a graveyard. While in this graveyard the two that are not holding the camera get into an argument, and rather than filming them both from a distance the cameraman flawlessly cuts from face to face WHILE THEY ARE STILL TALKING. It's not a found footage movie unless the camera shots are all continuous! You can't just do that!
The lighting is also terrible. Apparently someone decided to hook up a generator to the burnt down building (why?) and rather than hook it up well, these unnamed individuals decided to make all the lights flashy and scary. Did the mechanics not know what they were doing? This makes the film into a little seizure-fest. I'm not kidding when I say that I had to look away from the screen at some parts. It is just AWFUL.
The characters, played by themselves, are also incredibly bland.Read more ›
Chapter 4 (in case you want to skip all that stuff and miss the mild character build up) starts the meat of the film as our threesome enter Greystone and start filming in a most annoying fashion. U-tube videos of people making love in a small row boat during a storm while tossing their camera into the air does not have as much jerking motion as this filming. When you add the fact of the lights flashing on and off, it is a wonder that you can make it through it without developing some weird epileptic motion sickness.
Sean "Shaky" Stone is the main character. He is accompanied by Antonella Lentini and Alexander "Shakes" Wraith. The film is a clever descent into madness either through the power of suggestion of something supernatural. Unfortunately they chose a genre that ruined any script genius. Lights going out. People screaming. Shadows, quick movements. These cheap effects have all been done before and better.
Parental Guidance: F-bombs, no sex or nudity.
Ho hum, another x-jumps-per-minte shakycam haunted-house tale supposedly based on a true story. They heark back to the whole "we'll use the actors' real names to give this a semblance of verity" from The Blair Witch Project, which is roughly the most interesting thing about it. I admit that part of me's interested to find out which parts of this are true (I suspect it's the bits that frame the actual picture of the sitting-around-and-telling-ghost-stories variety), but not enough to actually go and do the research; this is just another case of a movie using the "based on a true story" shtick to try and sell some tickets (or, in this case, rentals). If you've seen every other shakycam horror film in existence and need just one more, this will fill the bill. Otherwise, avoidable. *
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One of my favorite found footage films!! Poor reviews must come from people who can't or are unable to recognize its beautiful form and style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by john galt
I admire Sean Stone as a powerful intellectual and role model. I really wish this was an actual documentary of the crew exploring rather than a movie. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Zane
Good movie. I do not do scary very well. My brother liked it.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
A mixture of humor and horror that takes the viewer back to his childhood's daring ventures into macabre and spooky ruins that lie at the edge of everybody's juvenile neighborhood:... Read morePublished 18 months ago by James L. Hufferd
Great movie. The film isn't scary, it gets very talky and there's very little lighting through the movie, but its atmospheric and thematic horror without a plot.Published 18 months ago by William Uchtman
I used to work at Greystone Park as a nurse, so I bought this DVD as more of a curiosity than for entertainment. To say I was disgusted would be an understatement. Read morePublished 21 months ago by brian
I saw the screening at the new York city theatre. I could not take my eyes off the screen. Beautiful work of art. Can't wait to show my friends. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Svetlana Chervonaya