Asylum Blackout (2012)
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George, Max and Ricky are in a rock band. Between small gigs and rehearsals, they hope for their big breakthrough. In the meanwhile, someone has to pay the bills! So they work in the kitchen of a high security asylum. Good pay, minimum risk - they have no physical contact with the inmates. One night, just before dinner time, a big storm shuts down the security system, the doors open and the lunatics break loose. Help is on its way and should soon arrive. They just have to wait for it...and survive until then. -- (C) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for Asylum Blackout
A skillfully cobbled together little calling card of a film. If in the end it's a bit short on convincing payoff, its atmospheric spell should generally satisfy genre fans, and also augur good things for most involved.
Audience Reviews for Asylum Blackout
Pretty good low budget horror film, Asylum Blackout is an inventive film, one that takes an interesting approach to a familiar formula. The film is not perfect, but it does rely on some impressive performances, and good moments of thrills. If you're looking for a surprising horror film, then Asylum Blackout may provide what you're looking for. The idea is simple, yet effective enough to keep you entertained from start to finish. The cast do a good job in their performances, and what I enjoyed about the story was that it featured a bunch people trapped with lunatics in an asylum and they try to survive the night. Easy, simplistic and to the point, this film doesn't try to overdo anything. Some of the best horror films use simplistic ideas to tell an awesome, memorable story. T hew film could have been better, but for what it is, it's a pretty good effort that delivers an entertaining hour and a half of jolts. Fans looking for creative horror films will enjoy this film, and as a fan of these types of horror films, Asylum Blackout is a treat. I really love horror films set in asylums, haunted old buildings and abandoned hospitals that have a dark past. However with this one, it takes the setting of an asylum and adds a survival situation to make it a good horror film. Sure there are aspects that could have been improved upon, but this is still worth seeing if you love these types of horror films. As far as low budget horror films are concerned, Asylum Blackout is far better than the most mainstream horror films. If you're tired of remakes and dull, unimpressive genre films, then this will most likely satisfy you.
First heard about this playing at tiff 2011, and now its finally available, its got a great set up, ive always thought mental asylums are creepy places, and to be stuck there with no power and the inmates loose is a scary thought, but after the set up, the film didnt really have a clear idea of where to go, it still looks great with dark settings and a foreboding tone, but some of the acting is pretty bad at times amongst the leads, just bad overacting, and the ending really sucked, just a shame to think that this had the potential to be really good but they blew it
Brutal, atmospheric, and tense as hell, Asylum Blackout weaves a dark spell from the start and will ultimately leave you bewildered and disturbed as the credits roll.
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