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Insanitarium (2008)

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After he's institutionalized in order to cover for his sister, a young man encounters a doctor who is turning his patients into flesh-eating psychopaths.

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Jeff Buhler (as Jeff Bühler)

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Jeff Buhler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Metcalfe ... Jack
Kiele Sanchez ... Lily
Peter Stormare ... Dr. Gianetti
Kevin Sussman ... Dave
Evan Parke ... Charles
Olivia Munn ... Nancy
Carla Gallo ... Vera Downing
Armin Shimerman ... Hawthorne
Lisa Arturo ... Heather
Kurt Caceres ... Loomis
Molly Bryant ... Nurse Henderson
Dale Waddington ... Jack's Mother (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
Mark Kelly ... Policeman
Sharon Schaffer Sharon Schaffer ... Policewoman
Jeff Buhler ... Paramedic #1
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Storyline

Metcalfe will play a man who pretends to be crazy in order to save his sister (Sanchez) from being involuntarily hospitalized. Once inside the institute, the siblings discover that a doctor (Stormare) is using his patients like lab rats, forcing them to take a drug that turns them into flesh-eating psychopaths. Written by Anonymous

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This is going to hurt.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and gore, sexuality/nudity, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manicomio siniestro See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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BenderSpink See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Heather: Don't you think I'm pretty?
Jack: You're a fucking knockout.
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Watchable; if you like gory films and zombies...
11 July 2008 | by InfiniteInertiaSee all my reviews

I watched this last night with some friends, who all appreciate gore-fest style films. I thought it was a watchable film that does show some potential at the start, but about halfway through does unfortunately descend into standard slasher/horror cliché territory...

One of the redeeming qualities of this title was the gore, it has plenty to keep even the most ardent crimson fan happy. The make up is quite well done, considering that most of the meagre budget was probably spent on the two main stars. There are the usual huge plot holes; such as people who are supposedly insane, suddenly becoming lucid and capable of defending themselves, perfecting motor functions and having sensible conversations (keep the bullets, we'll need them!).

The main features include: a doctor having her arm torn off, scalpel to the chin, cleaver to the face, metal spike through the head/mouth, a fair amount of topless female nudity & a couple of cheesy one liners! It won't rock your world by any means, but if you are a fan of this kind of film and you need a bit of escapism (no pun intended), you may find this appealing. I would recommend watching this after going down the pub/bar for a couple of drinks, then back to a mate's place to watch this at the weekend.

I give it 5 out of 10; not Oscar material by a long shot, but not such a terrible way to spend 80 minutes of your life, especially with some friends...


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