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Skeleton Crew (2009)

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An asylum is being used by a film crew trying to film the movie "Silent Creek" based on murders that occurred in the 70's. The institution was shut down after Doctor Andersson "The Auteur" ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita Suomalainen Rita Suomalainen ... Lisa
Steve Porter Steve Porter ... Steven / The Auteur / Sanders
Anna Alkiomaa Anna Alkiomaa ... Anna
Jonathan Rankle Jonathan Rankle ... Darius
Jani Lahtinen Jani Lahtinen ... Klasu
Ville Arasalo Ville Arasalo ... Erno
David Yoken David Yoken ... Bruce / Dr. Andersson
Riikka Niemi Riikka Niemi ... Mari
John J. Lenick John J. Lenick ... Mike (as John Lenick)
Ramo Kalupala Ramo Kalupala ... Pete
Eija Koskimaa Eija Koskimaa ... Nurse 1
Jukka Toivonen Jukka Toivonen ... Nurse 2
Wiley Cousins Wiley Cousins ... Jerry
Markku Peltola ... The Auteur in Snuff Films
Karoliina Blackburn Karoliina Blackburn ... Nurse in Snuff Films


An asylum is being used by a film crew trying to film the movie "Silent Creek" based on murders that occurred in the 70's. The institution was shut down after Doctor Andersson "The Auteur" was caught making snuff films of himself torturing patients to death. It was believed that all the films were confiscated, yet the location where they were developed and screened was never found. While doing recordings, the crew find a hidden room. It contains the Doctor's undiscovered recordings, although the crew is disgusted by the snuff films, they decide not to call the police. The director of Silent Creek, becomes obsessed with Anderssons' films. He begins to act deranged, claiming their film is "not real enough". Written by KatGrl1330

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, some sexuality and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chainsaw Snuff Massacre See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot in the actual operating mental institution. See more »


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Skeleton crew eventually become skeletons themselves
8 January 2011 | by djderkaSee all my reviews

1) Get a million dollars 2) Assemble a cast and crew 3) Rewrite a script. Repeat. Repeat again 4) Procure some film/video and lighting equipment 5) Locate a current/old or abandoned asylum 6) Make movie 7) Read reviews on IMDb 8) Try again

This movie would have worked much better if the video makers went deep into XXX territory. One reviewer suggested a spoof. Hmmmm. Maybe. Anyone agree? Makes more sense that way. And there were hints of spoofdom...but spoofs are hard to pull off. The Naked Gun series and Scary Movie series were very funny movies.

But then they had lots of talent too.


The Director is watching a "found" snuff film from former denizens of the asylum. He becomes what he beholds. Shouldn't an alert siren go off with the klangon bells like on a destroyer, signaling "battle stations".

I think Skeleton Crew is best labeled as an OK B movie, get for drive-ins where you can make out during the movie. Or, was this totally tongue in cheek. Has anyone talked with the director. No special features....which would reveal his intent. This would have helped.

There are plenty of old,decayed, abandoned asylums everywhere and aspiring filmmakers. I am sure we will see many more ASYLUM films.

UPDATE: I did some thinking and decided it is a SPOOF. Why? Everyone seems to be doing a tongue in cheek performance. And at the end of the credits a guy makes a satirical comment. The director is over the top. Europeans love to dish back our own culture to us. And they often do it in a very subtle manner. And the "found" films try to one up our version of horror films. That's why there is confusion for us on this movie.

Did anyone catch the reference to Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM. One crew member gets skewered by a huge spear at the end of a camera, which films his agony. In PEEPING TOM, the killer does the same thing and uses a tripod with a mirror attached. I think it is all a spoof on several films, including the stormy weather and accident that propels them to the asylum (this has been done many times). So if you look at as a spoof with European sensibilities and as a B movie, it is OK. I may even rent it again, as I ony paid 25 cents for rental due to a special.

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