Monday, March 18, 2013

Greystone Park Movie Review – Not Even Oliver Stone Could Save This

Runtime: 79 minutes
Release Date: September 6, 2012
Rating: R
Director: Sean Stone

"Greystone Park" is the kind of film that proves that you don't need to follow in the footsteps of your famous parents. Directed by Sean Stone, the son of award-winning director Oliver Stone, the film apparently came about as the result of a conversation that the two shared with one of Sean's friends. The men decided to take a group of friends into an abandoned mental institution to see what happened. That does not mean that this is a documentary because it is filled with the same typical faux screams that you would expect.

There are so many flaws with "Greystone Park" that I literally don't know where to start. You know how some films try to make the footage look older or show disturbances by adding graininess? This film does that so often that there were moments where I literally didn't know what was happening because I couldn't see the action.

The other problem is that there really isn't a lot of action. Whenever something remotely scary starts happening, the film automatically starts showing screwy footage, like the ghosts don't want you to see what they do. For example, two people might be in one room and hear a scream from another room. The moment they run down the hall and enter that room, the film shows rolling footage. When it finally goes back to the action, the characters basically explain what happened.

I usually like to write longer reviews for horror films, but I just want to put this one behind me and move on to the next film.

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