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Seniors play hooky from high school and get trapped in an abandoned Psychiatric Facility famous for hauntings, witchcraft and demonic possession.


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Seniors play hooky from high school and get trapped in an abandoned Psychiatric Facility famous for hauntings, witchcraft and demonic possession. A 'through the lens' feature similar to 'The Curse of the Blair Witch' or 'Cloverfield.' 'Play Hooky' is a Found Film - Suspense/Thriller shot in REAL TIME. Written by Anonymous

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The filmmakers considered shooting this movie at asylums located in such Connecticut towns as Norwich, Newtown, Middletown, Meriden, and Waterford, but were told by the administrators of said asylums that they couldn't shoot their picture in these places. Fortunately, the filmmakers were finally able to secure the Hunt Center in Stamford, Connecticut as the primary location for the exteriors and interiors of the Oakhurst Sanitarium. See more »


Megan Burke: Rosie sits and licks her lips, Lance has brittle bones. Braddy screams just like a fag, Megan's blood runs cold.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Shut the Door, Dim the Lights
Composed by S. E. Louth
Performed by Mather Louth & Radio Noir
Courtesy of S. E. Louth
Independently Recorded
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Cool found footage slasher opus
21 October 2014 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Five high school friends decide to skip school and find a perfect place to party. Things go terribly awry when the old abandoned mental hospital they are crashing at turns out to be occupied by something lethal and unfriendly.

Director Frank S. Petrilli, who also co-wrote the compact script with Jason Chester and Vincent Kulish, keeps the involving story moving along at a snappy pace, grounds the plot in a plausible everyday reality, takes time to carefully develop the characters, and generates plenty of nerve-rattling claustrophobic tension (the rundown asylum location is a genuinely spooky place). Moreover, the filmmakers deserve extra praise for depicting the killer with surprisingly poignant compassion and humanity at the very end. The convincing naturalistic acting from the sturdy non-star cast holds the picture together: Kim Kleemichen as the tough as nails Rosie, Becky Byers as perky and sexy redhead Megan, Theresa Davis as gawky nerdette Claire, J. Wright Chester as the hip Brad, and Kulsh as the easygoing Lance. Tom Petrone delivers a frightening and impressive portrayal of the unstable and dangerous, yet still pitiable Buddy. Cinematographer Chester's adroit use of a shaky camera and long takes provides a bracing you-are-there immediacy. The total absence of a score adds to the overall persuasive verisimilitude. A neat little body count horror winner.

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