I don't know if it was just to do with the fact it was in an asylum, since I'm terrified of asylums. The film receives reasonable ratings overall across the web as you see:
- IMDB - 6.1/10
- Rotten Tomatoes - 56%
- Meta Critic - 33%
I would definitely agree with IMDB, and would say that Rotten Tomatoes and Meta Critic are being too harsh. However, Meta Critic ratings have always been really critical.
I have always believed that asylums are a perfect setting for horrors, and so I really enjoyed this film. There is a thrilling atmosphere from the beginning as Lance interviews some people to discover the history of former patients, and ghost-sighting in general. Once they lock themselves in, we realise how spooky the asylum actually as due to insufficient light. The corridors seem to be never-ending in the film, which contributes to the eerie feeling, The first time we see the ghost of a patient is when we see someone running across the hallway. Soon enough, the crew follow the ghost in to see her in the corner. This was a very intense, and scary moment for myself and so I will not ruin for those who haven't 'encountered' this moment yet. I thought the idea of the entrance to the building disappearing was very successful as it built a lot of stress and panic in the characters. This was another thing I can compliment. The acting was certainly high quality, as at points I felt sympathetic for the characters who were desperate to escape. I liked the idea how the asylum changed some of the crew members, in that it made them become the way the patients were - absolute maniacs. I must also say that the ending of the film is fantastic - I won't say anything more, but you must watch it!
The only thing that really frustrated me about this film was the beginning when they were paying people for interviews to make stories up just for their show. Fair enough if they actually do that in real life, however why would you show the audience that? It's just stupid and really unnecessary in my opinion.
In conclusion, the film was very successful. There was a sustained eerie, and generally frightening atmosphere and feeling during the entire film, to the point where you actually sympathised with the characters.There were many thrilling and very scary scenes, and it was actually very interesting especially with the setting being at an asylum. It really was a very good found-footage horror.
Overall Rating - 6.9/10