There's nothing scarier or spookier than an old abandoned mental hospital. When horror writers want to creep their audiences out with a setting, they either choose a graveyard at night, a haunted house, or the aforementioned mental hospital (abandoned or occupied.)
In the case of the upcoming film Psych: 9, writer Lawrence Robinson (Pull) chose the good old mental hospital as the setting for his creepy-looking horror/mystery thriller. I know some of you are made of stone and can’t be scared by a setting, but moviemakers seem to think differently. Scorsese's Shutter Island, Carpenter’s The Ward, Gothika and Mirrors all come to mind when I think of creepy films effectively set in mental institutions.
Today we have the trailer, some clips and pictures from Psych: 9, which was directed by Andrew Shortell (Pull) and stars Cary Elwes (Saw), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Sara Foster (The Big Bounce) and Gabriel Mann (The Bourne Identity). Here is the official synopsis:
A young woman with a troubled past takes a job at a recently closed hospital to collate the hardcopy patient records. Working alone in the building after dark, she experiences a series of unsettling events that lead her to believe the hospital may be connected to a number of recent murders in the area. To uncover the truth, she has to solve the mystery of her own disturbing past.
It’s not a bad plot for a horror story, though not totally original either - then again, a lot of horror films today aren’t very original with their stories. This is only Shortell’s third attempt at being the main director but he’s got some great talent to work with and if Robinson’s script is any good, then Psych: 9 could turn out to be a decent horror flick.
If the trailers and clips are any indication then I think they are on the right track. Enjoy the trailer and pictures below, then check out page 2 for a couple of clips from the film and leave us some comments about what your scariest setting for a horror film would be: