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Asylum of Fear (2018)

A team of paranormal investigators are hired to inspect a mental institution after two police officers are mysteriously murdered, they discover horrifying clues that reveal the cause of a violent massacre by an insane doctor in the 1960's.

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Craig Deering

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Demus ... Richard Clemens
Michael Medford Michael Medford ... Shane Miller
Callie Deering ... Nicky Miller (as Callie Stephens)
Allen Murphy Allen Murphy ... Conner
James Doherty James Doherty ... Zak (as James R. Doherty)
Joe Mack ... Peter Clemens
Ann Hagemann ... Ellis
Matthew Urban ... Dr. Anthony Pender
Joette Waters ... Nurse Hemming
Charles Straka Charles Straka ... Nathan
Pete Navis Pete Navis ... Adult David
Ewan Parker-Eaton ... Young David
Kylie Sullivan Kylie Sullivan ... Mary
Brendan Sullivan Brendan Sullivan ... Max
Matthew Schroeder Matthew Schroeder ... Tommy
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"Asylum of Fear" follows a team of paranormal investigators as they go on one last job to a haunted mental institution where children have reportedly gone missing. While searching for evidence of what is haunting the abandoned building, they stumble upon clues that reveal what made the former head doctor snap and go on a killing spree through the halls decades earlier. Unfortunately, the more they uncover, the more they struggle to make it out of the asylum alive because something inside wants that mystery to stay dead and buried. Written by Evil Iguana Productions

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Release Date:

9 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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When the Lights Go Out See more »

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Batavia, Illinois, USA See more »

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The cast & crew turned an old cosmetics factory into their hospital, utilizing all 4 floors as different sections of the asylum. See more »

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In the beginning when Nicky is being interviewed by Zak, the digital recorder he's using is clearly turned off. See more »

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somehow gets more amateurish as it goes on
7 July 2018 | by phenomynoussSee all my reviews

There always seems to be something about lower budget and amateur films that make themselves instantly recognizable. Most likely it's due to the quality of the camera. I never begrudge a movie being or looking amateur. As such, I was not at all bothered by how this film began, with two adult actors doing a somewhat shaky acting job but not outright bad or offensive.

Once their role in the cold open was done, we open to the main characters; a bunch of late teen/early 20s type kids, with one of them shrieking at his father as he packs up for a trip to the asylum. I was watching this entire scene from inside the guy's house to into the car and I cannot for the life of me remember what the point of the scene was or what it was about. If it was an exposition dump, it was so colossally boring that it failed outright.

Once it gets to the asylum, it picks up significantly, with an older man acting as their daytime guide with a sharp wit and deadpan affect, made me laugh every time he corrected them (such as claiming the name of the movie with the Chuckie doll is "Child's Play", not "Chuckie").

As soon as he's out, the film becomes significantly worse, as the kids start lingering about the asylum at night and encountering some "ghostly" encounters that range from completely indistinguishable from a non-paranormal prank or act of sabotage, to blatantly added-in-later sound effects.

What really completely destroys the rest of the film are pointless, cynically gory flashbacks involving the supposed "doctor" of the asylum, who looks and sounds as young, if not younger than the camera people there. Not sure how a kid who can't possibly be older than 25 can somehow be a doctor and head of an asylum. All his acting cues are over the top to the point where it is inexplicable as to how all the people around him are just standing around listening to him shriek incoherently and rage nonstop, even as he is actively killing other people in front of them.

Every flashback scene like this supposedly serves to fill in plot points about the history of the asylum, thus doing literally the exact opposite of what a good horror mystery should do (show us spooky stuff, and indirectly infer background points with them). As well, these scenes are not only incredibly badly acted, but somehow manage to look like they were shot on a stage rather than the set.

And the copious gore and murder depicted is so cynical and lazy as to evoke distaste not in the character, but in the movie itself. There's one flashback in particular where the doctor is inexplicably shrieking at a nurse, then uses a gun to murder a bunch of children. It's so poorly executed and poorly shot that it feels insulting, like a deliberate bit of mockery of the genre as a whole.

Somehow I managed to get 52 minutes into the film before giving up in cynical disgust. The LEAST that I can say about this is that most of the actors, despite several of them not being very good, are at the very least trying their best and are giving fairly decent performances, with the exception of the doctor.


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