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Asylum of Terror (1998)

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A child molestor's ghost terrorizes an amusement park.



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Years ago a fire killed every patient at an old mental asylum, including a maniac who molested and murdered children. Decades later a company builds an amusement park over the old asylum, and the long dormant ghost of the maniac rises from his grave to pick up where he left off. Written by JoJo Mac

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George Demick owes me an hour of my life back
5 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is, to date, the worst film that I have ever seen. And I have seen some very, very bad films.

The sound is largely inaudible - I could only understand about 10% of the dialogue - but despite that I suspect the "plot" was non-existent. The little dialogue that you could hear was inane. The incidental "music" is awful, Casio-keyboard style noise, that sounds like a blind man with excessively long fingernails and frostbite trying to play a miniature piano. Keyboard music in horror/suspense films can be great - see Assault on Precinct 13 for an example - but it does require at least a basic talent and ability. Neither are on display here, and so the music, such as it is, just grates.

The video quality is abominable - sub-VHS even on the DVD. Much of the film is shot in the dark, so that you're straining to see if anything's happening or not - or you would be straining if you cared.

There is no decipherable plot. A madman simply enters a "haunted house" visitor attraction, converted from an old prison asylum for the criminally insane, and starts to kill people. Lots and lots of people. In barely-visible ways. Because of the sheer body count, it is impossible to imbue the victims with any character. You see a couple of them making out, or having sex, before they are killed, but that's about as far as the character development goes. There seems to have been some effort made about halfway through the film to explain the killer's motivation; he was apparently an ex-inmate, and there was some sort of fire. Towards the end of the film the killer seems to have the impression that he is starring in his own horror movie, which is one of a few attempts made by the filmmakers to be postmodern and subversive. Perhaps if I could have heard the dialogue in these scenes it would have improved the movie slightly, but I seriously doubt it.

The blood and gore effects are utterly unconvincing for the most part, although there is one chainsaw murder which worked pretty well. One or two of the killings are barely visible, and it wasn't until the final scenes, where each murder was replayed, that I even realised that a murder had taken place in one of the earlier scenes. The fake fighting is laughable.

The film's total lack of budget is clear from the opening credits, which are pixellated and misspelled. The DVD doesn't even have a menu, let alone chapter selection or any extra features.

This film is awful. No acting ability or creativity was on display. No effects talents were used. There was no originality, but plenty of cliche. Kudos to the filmmakers for killing one of the annoying kids off though - child murder is unusual in the horror genre, even at this, most unconvincing, level.

Having said that, the film was so bad it was funny. It was good to finally see a film so bad that it beats Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy to become the worst in my collection. And it's kind of nice that so bad a film has secured a release - it makes me wonder what some people in York Entertainment were thinking, and more to the point what the people who agreed to stock this film in the shops were smoking. It's worth watching just to establish a baseline of how bad films can be, as a means of judging other films. But that's the only reason to endure this.

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