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Shock Asylum (1997)

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A routine psychiatric evaluation goes awry when the protagonist is perceived as 'reluctant and angry'.


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A routine psychiatric evaluation goes awry when the protagonist is perceived as 'reluctant and angry'.

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5 March 2006 | by (Ft. Worth, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the ultimate levelling of psychiatry through cinema as far as I have yet seen. Mild-mannered Mr. Gaxton arrives at a mental hospital for a quick mental health checkup as a requirement for getting a corporate job. A lobotomized nurse and the insane mad scientist of a psychiatrist (played with a nonchalant and natural knack by the friggin' hilarious Stephen Colbert) quickly decide that he is "reluctant and angry", and soon he must undergo torturous, potentially deadly "treatment" in the hospital from hell. Don't get me wrong now; this is a comedy, albeit a very dark one that is armed with one hell of a social suckerpunch. Still, the filmmakers themselves supposedly being ex-mental patients makes a lot of sense, because I've been there and can see that this is a pretty astute diagnosis of the crazies practicing psychiatry from first-hand experience, even if power drills went out of style some time ago. Like a few other shorts I've reviewed, this is (or was) available on a compilation called "Smash Cuts: Totally Twisted Shorts Fest" that was being rented exclusively through Hollywood Video. To tell you the truth, you should probably just look for that, even though its version of "Shock Asylum" does seem to be condensed (unfortunately).

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