Greystone Park

December 28, 2012 by  
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Directed by Sean Stone, son of famous Hollywood director Oliver Stone, Greystone Park is a fake documentary/found footage kind of movie. It depicts the experiences of a group of documentary film-makers who visit an abandoned property, Greystone Park. In the late 1800s, Greystone Park was an actual psychiatric hospital and mental facility with many inmates. The movie is reportedly based on a true incident that happened with the director and a cast member. It had a limited release in America and had a lukewarm reception from cinema-goers, besides being panned by the critics. It was released in early 2012 across theaters in America and a few months later in countries like Mexico and Russia and in the Middle East.

 To make a long story short

 Sean (Sean Stone), Antonella (Antonella Lentini) and Alexander (Alexander Wraith) are a group of young documentary film-makers. At a dinner with Sean’s father Oliver (Oliver Stone), the conversation turns to ghost stories and places in America that are allegedly haunted. During the conversation, an abandoned mental facility in New Jersey is mentioned. Greystone Park, which used to be a mental institution and psychiatric care facility in the late 1800s, is now abandoned. During its heydays, rumors circulated of the terrible activities that went on behind its walls. People whispered about the treatment  that was meted out to its inmates that bordered on torture. Ever since, there have been reports of paranormal sightings in the property. After this discussion, Sean’s curiosity is piqued and the three film-makers decide to shoot a documentary inside Greystone Park to find out the truth. Once they are inside and the cameras start rolling, strange things begin to happen and the trio sense that they are not alone in the hospital.

 Acting/chills and thrills

 As far as acting goes, all the actors manage to deliver fairly decent performances. Despite that, the movie fails to keep the viewer’s attention engaged. Although the scary parts (sudden noises, shadowy figures suddenly appearing) are good in themselves, they can get a little irritating after a while. There are moments when the shaky camera and night vision footage may get on your nerves. Unfortunately, the movie relies heavily on such moments to make up for the lack of a strong plot. However, credit goes to Sean Stone for creating an overall tense and eerie atmosphere with the strong cinematography. Apart from that, Greystone Park has nothing exceptional to set it apart in the already over-saturated genre of ‘found footage movies’.