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Asylum of Darkness (2017)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 20 June 2017 (USA)
After awakening in a mental asylum, a patient plans an escape to freedom, but finds an even more disturbing, supernatural world on the outside, one that threatens to keep him trapped in madness forever.

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Jay Woelfel

Writer:

Jay Woelfel
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Credited cast:
Nick Baldasare ... Dwight Stroud
Amanda Howell ... Ellen
Richard Hatch ... Dr. Shaker
Tim Thomerson ... Detective Kesler
Tiffany Shepis ... Hope, Dwight's Wife
Frank Jones Jr. Frank Jones Jr. ... Van Gogh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lonell R. Childred ... Event Guest
John Hawk John Hawk ... Artemis Finch
Tanya Hutchins ... News Anchor
Cash Kimmerle Cash Kimmerle ... Neighbor's Husband
Joe Lusher Joe Lusher ... Board Room Executive
Patricia McBride ... Jackie
Emmy Osicka Emmy Osicka ... Faceless Female
Matt Proctor Matt Proctor ... Orderly
Leslie Whirly Robinson Leslie Whirly Robinson ... Board Room Executive (as Leslie Robinson)
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Mental patient Dwight Stroud (Nick Baldasare) escapes from an asylum and is mistaken for a motivational speaker named Artemis Finch who has money and women at his command. Dwight accepts the craziness of the situation, but as strange faceless figures begin to hunt him down, Dwight must deal with an escalating spiral of supernatural danger and hallucinations. Ultimately, Dwight must face the reasons for his own madness in order to try to save Finch's wife, Ellen, with whom Dwight has fallen in love. Written by Season of Darkness, LLC

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The Face of Insanity See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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A photograph taken off a TV screen of Steven King's hand was used as a spirit hand reaching for the split faced ghoul on the right side of the poster art. See more »

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A boring, scattershot mess
17 April 2017 | by medelsteSee all my reviews

I decided to watch this because it stars Tim Thomerson and the late Richard Hatch, both sci-fi stars of yesteryear (Trancers and Battlestar Galactica respectively). The six reviews as of this writing were also above average, praising the twisty, innovative, and unpredictable plot. Well, apparently I watched a different film. This thing is a boring unfocused mess. It jumps from scene to scene with no discernible pattern or purpose, let alone character development. People are slashed, tentacled monsters crawl into orifices, and all to absolutely zero purpose. The excuse (as stated in the IMDb summary) is that the main character is committed to an asylum and therefore insane. But this proves nothing and is no reason to abandon screenplay logic. It is also childishly easy to predict which episodes aren't real. If the six critics listed call this stew "unpredictable", then I recommend viewing 1990's "Brain Dead", starring Bill Pullman and Bill Paxton. Now THAT is a disorienting and effective asylum chiller. Or if it's inspired gore you're after, try the blood-spattered "Insanitarium" from 2008 instead. Either one is preferable to "AOD".

Now for the acting. As I said above, it was Thomerson and Hatch that initially drew me in. Somehow I think both of them knew exactly what they were signing up for, and totally mailed it in. I've seen boards that are less wooden. As for the main star (Nick Baldasare), the less said about his sleepy zombie-like acting, the better.

Were I forced to praise something (anything?) about this film, it would be the gore and monster effects, which are fine. Blood is blood, and a gouged eyeball is a gouged eyeball. But there are far better asylum films to choose from. I strongly suggest you do so.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA See more »

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Season of Darkness LLC See more »
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