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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

Writer:

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:

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Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Color | Color (technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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During the time of filming Sarah Roemer was in a relationship with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Burke: [repeated] Give me your suffering!
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Ellis is a hack director
11 August 2012 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

When given a good script and actors, Ellis can make half decent, watchable movies, but I think he's basically doomed to make derivative, highly clichéd horror movies for the next ten years, with most of them probably going direct-to-video, before fading into deserved obscurity.

Asylum is an annoying pastiche of past horror movies, drawing most of its influence from Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street. It's populated by tired stereotypes (the jock, the nerd, the slut, the weird girl, etc) who dutifully recite their two minutes of back story prior to their grisly death. Yes, it's nice to find any degree of back story whatsoever in a low budget horror movie, but the writing is so terrible and the characters are all so annoying that I just wanted them all to just shut up.

The special effects and gore were fairly well done, which might make up for the terrible writing and directing, if you're obsessed with slasher movies. If all you want out of a movie is to see annoying, stereotypical teens butchered by a ghost, then you could do worse than this movie, but I'm not sure why you would waste your time.


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