Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 10

Asylum (22 Nov. 2005)

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Sam and Dean investigate an abandoned sanitarium and discover that when the hospital was open, the patients held a revolt against the cruel and unusual experimental treatments carried out by the head doctor. Now the ghosts roam the halls, driving anyone who spends the night insane. While trying to rescue two lost teenagers, Sam is captured and turns against Dean. Written by Anonymous

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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles had Tom Welling hiding in the backseat of the Impala during shooting of some of the scenes. See more »

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In a couple of scenes is shown a door with the internationally recognized biohazard symbol on it. The symbol was created in 1966 by Dow Chemical while the asylum is reported to have closed in 1964. See more »

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Dean Winchester: The only thing that makes me more nervous than a pissed off spirit... is the pissed off spirit of a psycho killer.
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Brothers against Evil: Asylum of the Damned
26 April 2007 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Already ever since the first episode turned out terrific, I've been waiting for the "Supernatural"-team to do an episode set in an old-fashioned mental asylum, as they form the absolute greatest location to enact a creepy and atmospheric horror story! Luckily I didn't even had to wait that long, since installment n° 10 takes Sam & Dean to a little town in Illinois where mysterious things are going on in the closed down and abandoned Roosevelt sanitarium. Following a strange mobile text message from their father, which causes some disagreement between the two brothers, they investigate the case of a police officer who killed his wife and then committed suicide after having set foot in the asylum. It is said that the former patients' restless spirits still wander around in the dark corridors and drive to insanity everyone who dares to spend the night. Sam & Dean discover that the walls of the asylum are hiding far darker secrets, as the old head doctor subjected the patients to all kinds of crazed medical experiments. The asylum setting is outstanding and instantly reminded me of all the sinister madhouses used in old-fashioned British horror productions, like "Dark Places" and "Don't Look in the Basement". The script even provides the asylum with a typically delightful – albeit a little clichéd – background including deadly riots and medical staff members that are far more deranged than the actual patients. "Asylum" is a downright splendid entry in the even more splendid "Supernatural" series that, as confirmed by the other reviewers around here, only gets better with each episode. There are a handful of extremely efficient jump-moments in the script and the special effects are creepy and convincing, as always. Each episode also contains more and more references towards older horror classic, which is surely something the fans of the genre appreciate. Dean particularly seems to be fond of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" in this episode, while Sam mentions "The Amityville Horror".


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