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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 ›
(long review short: It's not scary, you had a historical building with enough creepy history of it's own and they chose to use things completely unrelated to said building, the characters are boring and you never remember them by name despite the fact that they repeat names every ten seconds. It's a bunch of garbled footage with working audio which makes no sense because if the film is destroyed in areas, so is the audio)
So it's a typical found footage film, not my favorite of the horror genre, however! i have grown to like a lot of them, this ... was not one of them.
You don't get to know, or care about any of the characters because they are well into their mid to late twenties, and yet act like a group of teenagers. It takes a lot of bland talk and driving to get to the "asylum". Oh, and on the drive you get to find out that one of the group doesn't have his drivers license, so they need to switch drivers, this is a five minute scene. A FIVE MINUTE SCENE WITH NO PLOT RELEVANCE.
The boring talk is about shadow men, and one guy is like "oh i've never seen a ghost but i felt weird once and saw a shadow"...... (how fascinating!). Then mr.i-know-about-shadow-men was like "dude you've totally seen a shadow man". Sigh.
Okay, here's where i get annoyed. If you break into an old Kirkbride, and bother to mention it by name, do your research. Half of this, more than half of this was a bunch of made up crap that never happened in the building. Yes, lobotomies happened, yes some violent cases had to be restrained, however, that was not the entire building.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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is not nearly as good as the trailer made it out to be. Im still not sure what the hell was happening. Read morePublished 9 months ago by stinkbug
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 10 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 18 months ago by Zane
Good movie. I do not do scary very well. My brother liked it.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 on July 30, 2014 by William Uchtman
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