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Psych: 9 (Blu-ray Review)

15 Feb, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 2/22/11
$19.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for violence, disturbing content, language and some sexuality.
Stars Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Colleen Camp, Gabriel Mann, Winter Ave Zoli.

Actress Sara Foster leaves the blond hair and bikini (The Big Bounce) and teen angst (“90210”) behind in psychological thriller Psych: 9, playing Roselyn, a troubled married woman who agrees to work the night shift organizing files in a recently shuttered hospital.

While the hours and choice of work locale (a string of women have been bludgeoned to death in the vicinity) might prompt a red flag warning to the average person — let alone average woman — Roselyn’s intimacy issues with cab-driving husband Cory (Gabriel Mann from “Legend of the Seeker”) apparently supersede common sense.

In fact, Roselyn has a lot of issues, which soon begin to materialize, along with odd voices, loud music, flickering lights and bizarre surveillance camera images throughout the decaying hospital hallways.

The young woman then attempts to voice her concerns to Dr. Clement (Cary Elwes from Saw) — the only other nighttime employee — while rebuffing advice from police detective Marling (perfunctory Michael Biehn in a far cry from leading roles in Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss and Tombstone), who is investigating the murders.

Foster’s Roselyn is quite convincing nursing a checkered past — which included sexual abuse as a child — that begins to manifest in paranoid flashbacks and delusional suspicions about who the killer is.

Though uneven at times, Psych: 9, thankfully, does not devolve into the bloody mess found in Hostel and Hostel 2 — both also filmed in the Czech Republic.

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