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Asylum (2008)

Six college students discover their dorm was once an insane asylum that conducted gruesome lobotomies on its teenage inmates during the 1930's.

Director:

David R. Ellis

Writer:

Ethan Lawrence
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Roemer ... Madison
Jake Muxworthy ... Holt
Mark Rolston ... The Doctor
Travis Van Winkle ... Tommy
Ellen Hollman ... Ivy
Carolina Garcia ... Maya
Cody Kasch ... String
Lin Shaye ... String's Mother
Joe Inscoe ... Mackey
Gabe Wood ... Kelso
Randall Sims ... Rez
Andrea Powell ... Carol
Pete Burris ... Lloyd
Caroline Kent Caroline Kent ... Madison At 11
Brantley Pollock ... Brandon At 12 (as Brantley Pollack)
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Storyline

The teenager Madison McBride is traumatized by the loss of her deranged father when she was nine years old and the suicide of her beloved brother Brandon one year ago. She decides to join the Richard Miller University, where Brandon committed suicide, to overcome her demons. While walking to her dorm, she meets the weird janitor Wilbur Mackey that tells her that the place is haunted. Madison befriends the recovering drug addicted Holt; the geek outcast String; the sexually abused Ivy and Maya; and the joker athlete Tommy. All the schoolmates have traumas and the veteran Rez is responsible for them. String discovers in Internet that in 1935, their dorm together with an attached abandoned section was an asylum administrated by Dr. Magnus Burke and considered a safe refugee for troubled teenagers with state-of-art treatment. However, in 1939, the interns uprose against the insane doctor, killing and disclosing the truth about his treatment. Sooner they find that their dorm is haunted by ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Once you're in, you can never get out.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and terror, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the time of filming Sarah Roemer was in a relationship with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. See more »

Quotes

Madison: Give me your suffering, motherfucker!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Decent Horror flick!
14 November 2010 | by Indifferent_ObserverSee all my reviews

If you got this movie expecting a $100 million production costs and over the top gore your going to walk away disappointed. If you are like me, a genre fan than you may be pleasantly surprised. The acting in this flick, along with production, and everything else was well above expectations. The script is decent and not as flawed as some would like you to believe. If you pay attention it all makes sense in the end.(This isn't a movie that requires 2-3 watches to get it). Good genre movies like this are constantly passed over by a lot of people(including myself) due to the backslapping phenomenon here at IBMD that ruins the rating system.

You know the one where one person says, "Worst movie ever", then gets followed by 50 other sheep who can't think or form an opinion for themselves saying the same thing and voting the same way even though more then likely they never even saw the film. I wish I could say that this type of behavior will stop, but it never will and it works on both sides. If you notice, a lot of movies at IBMD will be rated terribly long before they are even released to anyone. Then a few people with backbone will stand up and eventually the ratings will rise. I see this with almost EVERY release that goes straight to DVD and even some big Hollywood releases.

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About this movie, It definitely DOESN'T deserve the rating it has. It should at least be in the 5-6 range. This isn't some ridiculous movie made by some idiot kid with no talent and a camcorder with a bunch of his no talent friends attempting to act. This is a low budget above par scare fair with good effects, a decent story, and great acting. Obviously a movie like this won't ever win any awards, but if you take it for what it is and your a genre fan this movie wont disappoint at all.

I gave this movie a 7. I wish I could give it more, but it really is only deserving of a 5, maybe 6 at most. I added another star to try and make up for the pitiful IBMD zombies who refuse to think for themselves.

For the Horror buffs who follow my reviews for their horror pics, I would give this one a watch. Don't expect a "classic" or "gem". Its just a "Decent horror flick" thats totally undeserving of IBMD's rating.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Color | Color (technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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