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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.

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David R. Ellis

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Ethan Lawrence
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Cast

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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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

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asylum: Não Estamos Sozinhos See more »

Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. See more »

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Madison: It's the first week. It's always hard.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Competently shot and edited, but everything else sucks.
15 January 2009 | by innocuousSee all my reviews

"Asylum" isn't actually offensive or incompetent, so I couldn't give it a single star. In fact, the film is shot fairly well (if you like dark scenes where you can't tell what's going on) and the direction is acceptable. The acting varies wildly, but is certainly a step up from most of the horror trash being churned out these days. The SFX range from pretty scary and subtle to just plain laughable (see the last scene, for example.)

What really makes this film a bore is the lousy plot and script. It truly does play like it was filmed from a script assembled by throwing the scripts from classic horror movies (and some that aren't so classic) up in the air and then picking up random pages after they fall. Not every horror film cliché appears in this film, but there are no scenes in this film that are not horror clichés. The dialogue is just totally unrealistic. No suspense...no character development...no logic.

So who's fault is this big mess? I've got to pick on the director. He had to have seen what he was working with. It's possible to film a decent story from a weak script, but he apparently decided not to put forth the effort. The result is, to use a cliché, "cliche-ridden."

Final recommendation...you probably won't hate it or throw beer cans at the screen, but it's not going to surprise you or scare you. I'd suggest avoiding this film.


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