Directed by Brad Anderson. Written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon. Starring David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Josh Lucas, Stephen Gevedon, Brendan Sexton III, Paul Guilfoyle and Larry Fessenden.
Plot: an asbestos crew goes to work in an abandoned mental hospital and strange things begin happening.
In this psychological thriller, a hospital built in 1871 is being reclaimed by the city as the new town hall after being closed for 15 years. It needs to be renovated and cleared of all asbestos. In comes Gordon (Mullan) and his crew of Phil (Caruso), Hank (Lucas), Mike (Gevedon) and Jeff (Sexton III), his nephew. It’s a spooky place, but Gordon’s wife has just had a baby and he really needs the money, so he promises that he can have the place done in only one week.
Gordon starts hearing things right away, but won’t stop working. Meanwhile, Mike finds these old tapes of sessions with a patient named Mary Hobbes who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder and has 4 distinct personalities: Mary, Princess, Billy and Simon. It’s a real mindfuck of a movie, but I dug it. I did have to watch it more than once though because I didn’t understand it thoroughly the first time. You really do have to pay attention.
DJ didn’t like the movie so much, but admits that he doesn’t do psychological thrillers most of the time. They have to be someone really special for him to enjoy them. Also, the Freddy Claws wasn’t good at all and it’s easy to get annoyed by that. So, I think you should take a stab at it if you’re into this sort of thing, but DJ doesn’t agree and our scores reflect that.
My score: 69. DJ’s score: 36.