The documentary, Spookers, directed by Florian Habicht, has recently hit cinemas as of the 14th of September and Mata and I were lucky enough to be invited to a preview screening.
Now, before going into the cinema, I had watched the trailer and from the get-go, I was stoked. We get to see behind the scenes, we get to see what sort of people worked in this sort of environment and why. My curiosity about this place sky rocketed because last year in early December, the 11th of December to be exact, I had gone to Spookers with Mata and some other family members. It had been one of the most frightening experiences of my life. Idfw clowns… or loud, inhuman screeching.
Fast forward to the preview screening, we were lucky enough to have one of the Spookers actors there, IN FULL MAKEUP AND COSTUME. Juneen (I think that’s her name) walked out and I sacked my metaphorical nuts. She walked towards me and I swear, I thought she was that demon Valak from The Conjuring 2. I wasn’t even in front of the screen and I was already scared.
Walking into the cinema 11 or whatever, it was hard to ignore the looks the rest of the audience cast our way because I may have freaked out louder than I had originally thought (lol). But once the film had started playing, I couldn’t stop thinking Juneen was going to pop out at me. So throughout the first 20 minutes, I was sitting there tense af and hella jumpy.
Now, Spookers, the documentary was everything I thought it would be and more. It was scary (for me) but it was so unbelievably funny. It almost had a ‘Shaun of the Dead’ feel, and I couldn’t understand how I could be scared and laughing at the same time. One of the greatest things about Spookers is they let you into their world and where that might sound incredibly unappealing, it’s heartwarming watching the way the actors and the family who runs the place interact. They really are a close-knit unit that not only supports each other in the workplace, but also through personal hardships.
This documentary was insightful and we were able to look at the history of Spookers, or more the history of the former psychiatric ward, Kingseat Hospital. Founded in 1932 and closed in 1999, the hospital held over 800 patients for various reasons. And it was good to see the different perspectives on the infamous haunted attraction, Spookers.
Please, anyone who has gone to Spookers or wants to go should definitely watch this. Anyone who enjoys watching people get the crap (code brown) scared out of them should watch this. Tbh I reckon everyone should watch this, it’s just great.
- Shout out to the amazing cast, y’all are epic and the dramatisations on the rugby field are A++
- How’s about The Sausage Song had me crying. SAUSAGES. Really??!?
- Peep our cute ass family photo at Spookers looooool
- When ‘Ia Lava Lava’ started playing at the end, and Mata and I couldn’t help but hum/sing along because wow what a bangaaaa. Ad libs, trills and everythaaang.
- We didn’t see our friend Two Chainz (although he only had one chain) in the doco. We met him at Spookers and he haaaaaaaated us, especially Leilani (the one in the stripped top). I swear he wanted to drop kick her hahahahaha!!!
- I think everyone should enjoy our photos, ay.
- This has nothing to do with the film, but like, there was this super cute priest when we went last year????? Um???? Hook us up please???? Hahahahahaha just joking. Or am I?
- Hi guys, miss me? A few things from me- I thought the dramatisations were a bit dramaatz- but I suppose you can’t have a dramatisation without the drama.
- I do appreciate that the documentary had input from a former Kingseat nurse and patient, it gave the doco a somewhat balanced approach.
- I’d give the doco FOUR JAWKWARDLOLS out of FIVE- because the slowmo scares and the sausage song had me in stitches.
He’s the priest hahahahaha 😉