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Asylum Blackout (I) (2011)
"The Incident" (original title)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  4 May 2012 (USA)
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A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm.

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Max
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J.B.
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Harry
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The Pill Inmate
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Ricky
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Pete
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William
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Martin Swabey ...
Underwear Inmate
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In 1989, in Washington, the friends George, Max and Ricky are aspirant musicians that play in a band in their leisure time. They work as cooks in the Sans Asylum to earn money to pay their bills, including renting a studio to record their songs. The asylum is located in an isolated area and is monitored by a team led by the security guard J.B. The deranged inmates are criminals and they take pills to stay calm. One day, George has a concert during the night but J.B. asks him to arrive early in the morning to receive the supplies for the kitchen. George leaves his girlfriend Lynn without sleeping and heads to the asylum. While he is preparing the meals for the insane inmates with his colleagues, there is a storm and a power outage in the area and the monitoring system fails. With the mental hospital in the darkness, the inmates led by the cruel Harry Green attack the guards and staff. George and the other kitchen workers hide from the horde of violent madmen. Will they survive? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the lights go down, the inmates will rise.

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4 May 2012 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Josh Dallas was cast as George and was ready to shoot the film in November 2010, but unfortunately production had to move their dates to the middle of January 2011. Dallas couldn't make it work with his schedule and had to leave the project. Rupert Evans replaced him. See more »

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Come Back
Written by Bobby Harlow
Performed by "The GO"
Courtesy of The GO Detroit, LLC
Published by Peacock Angel Publishing (ASCAP) and Rhythm King Music (PRS)
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good, solid horror
5 March 2013 | by (southern u. s.) – See all my reviews

This film is a solid take on the crazed maniac horror film. It is simply told and soundly directed. There are some really great suspense scenes, good performances, and compelling cinematography. Oh, there is also a confusing ending. In fact, the movie rushes through some really fuzzy plot maneuvering in its last ten minutes, as if it had somewhere to get to in a hurry. That said, the weak ending does not ruin the film. In fact, just tune out five minutes early and you've got a really good movie.

What I want to point out is this film's satisfying dramatic structure. The film's protagonist is a young, handsome member of a late-80s grunge band. He works a tough job to make ends meet and has apparently gotten his friends jobs to help them out. One of his friends is sweet, but unreliable. Another of his friends is reliable, but snarly. Our hero, however, is both reliable and warm. He is eminently likable. The character of George made me care about this horror movie. He drove my interest in the film. I wanted George to make it through the horror.

Other (often new) horror directors could learn from this. A movie needs a likable, rational hero to be any good. Also, tell a real story; do not just string together some mish mash of allusions to other movies. It is fine to repeat imagery from previous horror films, as this film does, but ground your film in a coherent real life situation. Asylum Blackout works because it gives its characters dignity and its story world depth. It kept me in the moment from beginning to end.


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