by Kaitlin Lyle
The ominous weather of last Wednesday night served as a perfect framework of illusion for what the Psychology Club had prepared for both members and fellow students alike.
As a final event, club members had chosen to screen the film “Shutter Island” in Marcus White Living Room at 8 p.m., a fitting choice for the rainy night that lay ahead. Along with the film’s screening, the students provided pizza and brownies for their audience’s enjoyment.
Based on the best-selling crime thriller by Dennis Lehane, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, who makes an arrival at Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane in order to investigate the disappearance of murderous patient Rachel Solando. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, Teddy searches throughout Shutter Island in order to track Solando down, only to uncover an unexpected amount of sinister activity. As Teddy becomes more involved with the mystery behind the hospital and its inhabitants, both he and his audience soon begin to realize that nothing is remotely what it seems on Shutter Island.
The film itself exuded the style of a Martin Scorsese production, including fast-paced camera angles to make statements and a soundtrack perfected to fit the mood of each scene.
“We decided to do “Shutter Island” because back around Halloween, we were looking for something we could show everyone, and everyone had voted on that one,” said Sofia Iseppi, the club’s vice president.
Iseppi added that the process involved taking suggestions for what could be a psychological thriller film, and that available funding was a significant part in the process, especially since getting the rights to movies are expensive to show in a public setting.
At this point in time, the Psychology Club is now in the process of planning events for next semester, including its potential participation in the Compassion Campaign, and finding more ways to promote a compassionate campus. Iseppi noted that she would like to get the club involved in more volunteering, as well as putting its members more out in the public’s view for the purpose of promoting club membership.
“I’m really excited to work with her [Iseppi] next semester. I know we have a lot of goals for next year, and I think we’re going to do a lot more than we did last year,” said sophomore Amanda Mendoza.
While the opening titles of the film were projected on the screen, Damar Britto, a freshman member to the club, commented on how enjoying the chosen film could be related to what members talk about during Psychology Club. Other attendees noted the film’s attributes as a contribution to the horror genre.
“I like a good horror movie that’ll make me jump and be suspenseful, but not gory,” said freshman Hannah Webster, who came to support friends at the film’s showing.
Though last week’s event was small in attendance, the club provided a cozy atmosphere where students enjoyed good food, time with friends and the screening of an excellent psychological thriller.