While Martin Scorsese's made-in-Boston film "Shutter Island" isn't slotted to hit theaters until Friday, Oct. 2, a reader over at Ropes of Silicon noticed a teaser ad for the flick in the January issue of Cashiers du Cinema.
The promo is a minimalistic, yet creepy, image of what looks like a woman in a straight-jacket facing a stark hospital wall, with “Whatever Happened to Patient 67?” written in a blood-red font.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, two U.S. marshals (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane to an eponymous Boston-area island in 1954. During the investigation, they encounter a web of lies, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.
Based on the epic novel "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane, the Boston-shot flick features DiCaprio, Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley and was shot in Taunton's Whittenton Mills Complex (recrafted as the horrific Nazi concentration camp Dachau) as well as the Medfield State Hospital and Peddocks Island. Other locales include Borderland State Park, Hyde Park and Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham.
Argentinean filmmaker Celine Murga published a diary, also published in the January edition of Cahiers Du Cinema, recounting her impressions during the shoot of Martin Scorsese’s made-in-Boston flick, including a scene in a hospital cafeteria presumably shot at the abandoned Medfield State Hospital.
“Dialogues are filmed through close-ups, with the characters virtually looking at the camera shaft," Murga recounts. "The result is something deeply disquieting. It is uncomfortable for the spectator since they are intense monlogues of patients spouting their madness."
Also, a source here, who talked to author Lehane in Arizona, says the first 10 minutes of the movie is deeply disturbing.
Lehane's take on the footage? "Teddy (DiCaprio) walks up the hospital on Shutter Island. There's a woman patient sitting there, with a scar across her throat. She looks at Teddy, and slices her finger across her throat. He said the scene freaks him out."
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