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Asylum Blackout -- 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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S. Craig Zahler (written by)
Jérôme Fansten (additional dialogue and material)
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When the lights go down, the inmates will rise.
A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Rupert Evans ... George

Richard Brake ... Harry

Dave Legeno ... J.B.

Kenny Doughty ... Max

Anna Skellern ... Lynn

Darren Kent ... Pete

Eric Godon ... The Pill Inmate

Marcus Garvey ... William

Joseph Kennedy ... Ricky

Martin Swabey ... Underwear Inmate

Ian Lyons ... Police Lieutenant

Sandro Mastronardi ... Ambulance Man

Biondolillo Pascal ... James harper
Nina Newman ... Jennifer
Chuck Hargrove ... Oswald
Claude Stark ... Tim
Azghoud Farid ... Dangerous psychopath 2
Milano Angelo ... L'homme qui porte wendell - frère harper
Dan Sluijzer ... Carter
Damien Marchal ... Sleepy (uncredited)
Michel Webster ... Internee (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexandre Courtès 
Writing credits
S. Craig Zahler (written by)

Jérôme Fansten (additional dialogue and material)

Produced by
Wassim Béji .... producer
Emilie Chatel .... producer
Doug Davison .... producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Christophe Chassol 
Cinematography by
Laurent Tangy 
Film Editing by
Casting by
Doriane Flamand 
Kelly Valentine Hendry 
Victor Jenkins 
Production Design by
Paul Rouschop 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marchand 
Makeup Department
Caroline Case .... assistant makeup artist
Beatrice Cormann .... makeup artist
Nathalie De Hen .... makeup artist/hair stylist
Bernard Floch .... key makeup and special makeup effects artist
Anne Moralis .... makeup designer (hair designer)
Florence Thonet .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Luc Olivier .... production manager
Cécile Philippe .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alice De Vestele .... second assistant director
Lena Laporte .... third assistant director
Dimitri Linder .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ruben Hermans .... carpenter
Carlos Theus .... carpenter
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Benoît Biral .... sound re-recording mixer
Quentin Collette .... sound editor
Jean-Stephane Garbe .... adr mixer
Jean-Stephane Garbe .... sound recordist
Charles Hennuyez .... boom operator
Christian Monheim .... dialogue editor
Christian Monheim .... sound
Yves Renard .... sfx editor
Olivier Thys .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
François Crèvecoeur .... visual effects artist
Benoît Dal .... visual effects
Eric Dupont .... visual effects artist
Marie Maulet .... digital compositor
Antoine Saison .... digital compositor
Marc Umé .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Antoine Bellem .... gaffer
Stéphane Boissier .... second assistant camera
Amaury Duquenne .... first assistant camera
Emilie Guéret .... electrician
Amandine Soares .... third assistant camera
Casting Department
Michaël Bier .... casting: Belgium
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aliette Vliers .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... colorist
Hussam Korkut .... color assistant
Hussam Korkut .... conform editor
Audrey Samson .... digital lab operator
Music Department
Loris Bernot .... surround music mixer
Creaminal .... music supervisor
Emil Friis .... songwriter
Bruno Hovart .... composer: additional music
Clement Souchier .... music supervisor
Jeanne Trellu .... music supervisor
Jaco Zijlstra .... assistant music supervisor
Other crew
Karima Saïdi .... script supervisor
Nathalie Geoffroy .... thanks
Xavier Magot .... special thanks
Nicolas Peufaillit .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"The Incident" - USA (original title)
"The Incident at Sans Asylum" - USA (alternative title)
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85 min

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The Lunatics have taken over the asylum!, 2 March 2015
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

What horror concept is more traditional and effective than the setting of an asylum for the mentally insane during a thunderstorm and a power blackout? Writer S. Craig Zahler and director Alexandre Courtès may perhaps not have had a lot of financial means at their disposal, but they definitely know their genre classics and they also know how to build up a suspenseful atmosphere and petrify the audience through simple tricks. "The Incident", a.k.a. "Asylum Blackout" which naturally is a much more appealing and appetizing title for a low-budget horror flick, first caught my attention because it's a partially Belgian co-production (I'm from Belgium, hence…) and it premiered at the Brussels' International Festival of Fantastic Films a few years ago. Via this website, I learned that the film was largely shot in Belgium but I can't quite figure out whether the director is Belgian or not. Either way, being a Belgian horror freak, I'm still very proud to see a link with my country, especially because I liked "The Incident" quite a lot. Admittedly the film starts out a little too slow and primitive, while the confusing and open-for-interpretation climax is arguably annoying, but everything in between is a nice demonstration of sadistic, raw and nerve-wrecking terror! George and his two pals Max and Ricky form an aspiring rock-band, but they hardly have the money to pay for a session at the recording studio. Therefore they also work together in the kitchen of the sinister Sans asylum, geographically isolated somewhere in the state of Washington. Near the end of a long working day, a heavy thunderstorm breaks loose and lightening causes a power failure inside the asylum. The cell doors unlock automatically and the patients – all of them dangerous lunatics on heavy medication – turn against the wardens. George and his friend attempt to hide in storage rooms and offices but the crazies, led by the vicious inmate Harry Green, hunt them down as well. "The Incident" features some of the most efficiently disturbing sequences I've seen in a long time. The scene where a couple of nut cases are trying to break through the freezer door, behind which Ricky is hiding, is downright petrifying. And so is the excruciatingly painful murder of a certain character on top of the cooking stove and a torture sequence involving a peeling knife. I must say the supportive characters depicting the mental patients are extremely well-chosen as well. Harry Green (Richard Brake) looks like evil personified and many other unknown actors are aptly cast based on their looks as well (Darren Kent, the hairless guy…). The film allegedly takes place in the year 1989, which is quite clever because this way the writers didn't have to take into account mobile phones, GPS systems etc… I'm not going to go too much into detail about the bizarre ending. It didn't bother me that much because, by the time of the climax, I was already seriously impressed by the level of sickness and disturbance of "The Incident". This definitely isn't for sensitive and/or easily offended viewers!

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