A famous psychiatrist (Ty Adams) takes on the job of trying to cure patients at the Sedah State Hospital, run by its folksy doctor (Sam Delazo). All this takes a strange turn when a ...
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A famous psychiatrist (Ty Adams) takes on the job of trying to cure patients at the Sedah State Hospital, run by its folksy doctor (Sam Delazo). All this takes a strange turn when a mysterious patient (Satan, he calls himself) enters the Hospital seeking help. Or is it just help that he wants? Written by
Hell is mentioned 12 times. 1st 2 words are hell with an 0. Gehenna is also mentioned, this means Hell in Yiddish. Fire and heat are mentioned or shown 20 times. See more »
Do you believe in the Devil?
Of course I do, I work for him.
All right, well, if you could ask the Devil one question, what would it be?
It would be, why do the doctors around here insist on driving me crazier than the patients do?
Fine. I'd ask him why he spends all his time punishing sinners, that he's supposed to adore, to make a point to a God, that he's supposed to despise.
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Crazy as Hell is one of those films that comes from out of nowhere and makes you wonder why? I'm not talking about why was a film like this made or why was such a serious topic dealt with in this fashion, but just...why? It is one of those films that are misleading to viewers. Anyone who picked up that it is a horror film will be disappointed up until the last five minutes. But anyone who has decided that maybe it is a powerful drama with something prophetic to say can also kiss his or her thoughts away. Eriq La Salle of ER fame directs and co-stars in this thriller/drama/horror/suspense/whatever you want to call it film about a maverick psychiatrist named Ty Adams who is plagued with the guilt/fear/agony from the suicide of his schizophrenic seven year old daughter and the later death of his wife. Think Brining Out the Dead meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Ty is sent to a famous mental institution to allow a film crew to document his famous healing powers that seem almost godly. You see Ty is a man who is so sure of his craft that he believes that he can play God by curing patients instead of treating them. Then one day a tall, dark man who is glaze of passion in his eyes and an aura of discern in his presence checks himself into the hospital. The man is seemingly normal and perceptive in his state of life. He is a rational man who no cause for belief that he needs to even be in an institution. Upon entering Ty's office for the first time he claims that he is Satan looking to clear his mind of the misconceptions that he has been plagued with since the dawn of eternity. He is looking for a soul to help him clear his name and afford him as human again. In his godly state of mind, body and soul, Ty seems all but fit for this position. This is an abnormally humane film in that it doesn't choose sides and it doesn't become a battle of wits over who is the strong subconscious force in peoples lives. It truly is an original working of thoughts and ideas of not good versus evil, but body versus mind. Forget that it take place in a mental institution, that is simply a backdrop in which the main character fits into. This film has nothing to do with mental illness of how someone's ego got in the way of their living. It is not a film that is trying to preach either. It doesn't care about your religion or what faith you practice in. All that it cares about is what you are willing to believe in and to what point in time does the truth become untrue. This film may even run better as a satire than it will anything else. It simply wants to know, hey, what would you do if the devil showed up on your doorstep? Would you believe him? Would you slam the door in his face? And then why would you do it? It takes us on a journey through our own minds and allows us to sift through own state of belief. And then at the other end of the spectrum it is possible that this film is nothing more than one big joke. `I bet you were expecting more. Something like horns and a pointy tail?' Asks Satan. `That was all made up in the movies. I am a big seller at the box-office, at lest I hope I still am.' The Satan character is a very ironic presence because never once does he allow the audience to feel anything for him. We see him on screen, we listen to him talk and we feel his presence but never really know how to approach him. I guess that is what makes this film so intriguing. Has anyone ever seen God of the devil? More than likely not, so if he appeared in the flesh how would we cope with him as a human being when all we are taught about him is inhuman qualities. We see what can happen to a man who thinks he posses super human talent who comes face to face with a man who may actually posse such unearthly skill. And still Ty believes that he can saturate his suppressed inner turbulence and bring this thing back into reality because hey, there is no such thing as the devil right? What Crazy as Hell has to offer is not really funny nor is scary or chilling or anything of the kind. Emotions are twisted little games that play with the minds of people so it would be dangerous to fill this film with them. Faith is belief is wide in rage from being to being so why not give the viewer the opportunity to use their own digression? That is exactly what La Salle does. He allows the film to tangle its dirty web of secrets around what goes on a person's head. This is not a film that is mapped out and realises all the points where the audience should be scared or should be sad. This is a film that tells its story and does nothing else of the kind. Some may see brilliance prevail and others may not understand due to a biased outlook on life, this is not a narrow-minded film not is it a great cause for interpretation. This is a film that is what it is and if you get it great, if not, well maybe next time. The acting in this film is tremendously strong from both leads. Michael Beach as Ty never allows the audience's emotions to get tangled in with that of his character and gives us a questionable company as to whether he actually cares for his work or is just living on his reputation. La Salle gives what could be his best performance as Satan. He is creepy without being scary and he is admirable without being likable, truly the films greatest asset. But what started out as a compelling study of the human psychosis and how it reacts to the pressures of a human web of emotions becomes nothing more than unlawful thriller material. There is a breakdown, a chase, an unnatural event and then a supernatural event that leads the viewer directly to a headache. Possibly the most alluring aspect of the film was questioning how a situation like this could be resolved. I thought about it the entire film. I didn't know whether it would end in with a surprise, a bang, an ironic note or a standard return to normalcy. I started to recall what happened at the end of K-Pax and though of how it probably could/would end on the same level as that. But to my surprising I was left faced with one of the worst endings I have seen in a long time. There was no surprise, no conclusion, no wrap-up, not even a climax of any sort. It came fourth with a pathetic closing idea and then ending abruptly without explanation or means for cause. After watching this film and having time to think about it I am kind of stuck in the middle. I don't really know what to think. I can understand any praise that it has adorned but I would also be willing to except any criticism it receives as well. So make what you will of this film, love it, maybe even hate it, admire it and stupor over it but when watching it keep in mind, the devil doesn't have a social security number.
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