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The Asylum [DVD] [2015]

2.8 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Brett Dier, Brittany Curran, Gage Golightly, Kelly Blatz, Stephen Lang
  • Directors: Marcus Nispel
  • Producers: Marcus Nispel, Brandt Andersen, Michael Corrente, Michael Corso, Trent Othick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2015
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M482X10
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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American horror from director Marcus Nispel. A group of teenage friends decide to hold a party at an abandoned asylum and end up inadvertently releasing an evil demon that begins to possess them one by one. They attempt to perform an exorcism without much success. Will they make it out alive? The cast includes Brett Dier, Brittany Curran, Gage Golightly and Kelly Blatz.

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A fun, light, soft-core mishmash of existing horror tropes. It's a bit Evil Dead in an Asylum with a sprinkling of Exorcist in for good measure. The start - the big party, was mainly annoying. The characters are irritatingly stupid and the whole way they act and react is all a bit canned. The jump scares weren't that effective and often predictable. The effects were a bit 'meh'. All in all, I didn't enjoy this as much as other horror's I've watched recently - even lower age rated horrors!

So why not 1 star? Well, to be fair the twist at the end was intriguing and a genuine surprise. It would have been more effective, but to be honest the broad plot of father Conway and the faux reason for the what was going on - it just wasn't holding my interest. The female lead was alright. Didn't really get the feels for the main guy or his little brother. The little brother was actually best possessed! There were some moments, there's a scene where some possessed person's face gets sliced off and there's half a face lying around looking around the room - that was quite a cool, if gruesome touch. Gore was actually quite light apart from that scene, it's not a buckets of blood and hope for the best film like the recent remake of Evil Dead, the trouble is, it's not really creepy, super-tense jump scare like the Conjuring. It's almost as if the direct wanted to tell this story but he wasn't quite sure what kind of story it was.

So yeah, worth watching, ONCE. If you like a creepy, everyone get's possessed fest set in an Asylum. Not a memorable film though and the scares won't keep me awake at night - it's not a spine-tingler. It definitely DOES have it's moments though! Good effort, but could've been better.
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This film could have been so much better if the director didn't spend so much time on gore and had developed the plot a little more. Fans of the horror genre will easily see through what is supposed to be the rather obvious final plot twist quite near to the beginning of the film.
I would say that if you're fed up of watching those found footage films that are so prevalent these days and fancy a discount, comedic version of a demonic possession film then give this a try. If on the other hand you really dislike gore and prefer psychological horror, please look elsewhere.
For those who do choose to watch, let me just tell you that the most original concept in this film (by Hollywood standards) is the overweight boy giving his slimmer and supposedly better looking friend advice on how to get sexual action. Other than that little cinematic anomaly this film is very much just another offering from the teen slasher and demonic possession in a mental asylum subgenre.
One last thought, this film is better IMO if you imagine that the characters are so high (from the plethora of drugs they do at the beginning) that they're imagining everything and it's all a drug induced mania.
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Good film.

It was very different to what we expected
We did chuckle a few times during the film.
Equally there were some moments that were very intense edge of seat stuff.

watch out for the twist or two
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It was good in parts, but it never really engaged and that is a problem for me. I watched, but wasn't that interested in the outcome, which is fairly predicable really. The main problem, is that I wans't that interested in the characters, they were all very very two dimensional, which is an big problem. You couldn't really grab on to any of them, because they were all immediate cliches. If you want the story to uphold, you need to create characters that service it sincerely, have depth and dialogue that adds to the journey of the story, as well as revealing characteristics about that person. Ok, maybe not that well put, but...hey, if you can't relate to any of the characters the story is lost.
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Clearly a reasonable amount of people found good points about this so I'm not saying that The Asylum doesn't have ANY entertainment value, but...; while I generally dislike comparing films, I just kept thinking to myself how much I'd prefer to have been watching any of the Evil Dead series.

The inclusion of humour (AND the way that it's used) is certainly a big plus - I love the searching the web for an exorcism tutorial - but it's just not enough to hide the fact that the plot is by-the-numbers.

All in all, okay if you're young and bored but this doesn't bring anything new or scary or the table.
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Best horror I have seen in ages. It is funny, it is scary, it is bloody and makes you jump, the action is non stop
There is never a dull moment, so what if there are elements from other horror films : possession, spider walk etc.
It is still bloody good fun and that's what you want when you are watching horror.
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Probably because of lack of a clear plot, the movie becomes increasingly violent and gruesome. Very unoriginal and uninspired. The setting is promising though and at the beginning I kind of hope we won't fall in every cliche of the horror genre : but I have yet to find a movie where all protagonist don't all get killed one by one it seems.

When will producers of this kind of movies understand that :
> Suggesting, not showing, is what is truly terrifying.
> Gore and blood aren't scary, just gross.
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