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3. The Scribbler

Released on: September 19, 2014

Directed by: John Suits

Written by: Daniel Schaeffer

Starring: Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku, Sasha Grey

Contemporary sci-fi frequently incorporates mental illness into its story lines, and The Scribbler is no different in its approach. You might say that contemporary filmmakers view the mind as the last great scientific frontier. This isn’t the first film to take a sci-fi approach to mental illness (Sucker Punch did it better and with flashier effects), but this film takes a much more earnest approach, and has a much more mind-bending storyline, than its more popular predecessor.

Filmed entirely on location in an actual mental hospital, in Los Angeles, California, the plot is pretty simple: there’s a lot of murder going on in the psych ward, and a patient has to find out who’s causing the murders…even if she’s the culprit of the murders herself. It’s interesting, too, to see how her “friends with benefits” plays into the story. Mental illness, rather than being treated as a horror source, is actually the source of the film’s heroes more supernatural ways, making for a more complimentary approach to an often misunderstood affliction.

And though it received mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it has a pretty cool cast and an interesting take on the subject matter that makes up for any potential shortcomings.