The most exciting event thus far is that hubs and I recognized the area in Jersey they filmed at least part--if not all--of the film. Hubs wanted to turn it off fifteen minutes after it started, but I argued to wait until they got to the asylum. My bad.
When we finally get to the asylum, hubs remarks, "Why would the lights be on?" In uncanny timing, one of the characters asks the same thing! To which the other replies, "It's the generators." Um. Okay. Why would generators be on in an abandoned building? Sadly, no one answers my question. They also have to walk through a graveyard (it's the only way in) and disarm a motion detector. I had no idea abandoned buildings had such great security. Although, personally, I think a moat would be much better than a graveyard, preferably filled with alligators. Since we know alligators are indigenous to Jersey. ;)
|Beware the Jersey Gator!|
|Dolls, dolls, everywhere.|
The best part of Greystone Park is this dark figure that keeps appearing on camera, but the characters can't see. Alas, the facts behind the mental facility (see PS below) and the making of this film's extra info (check out interviews with director, Sean Stone aka Oliver Stone's son) are better than the actual movie.
PS Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was an actual mental hospital in New Jersey. It closed in 2003, a decision by the governor, due to negative press. Incidents of sexual abuse, poor patient care, and overcrowding prompted the closure. A new operating facility bearing the same name stands on the original grounds.
What do you think of the documentary style horror flicks? How about Stone's take on it, "meta-realism"?