Hell Asylum (2002)

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Initially conceived as a sequel to David DeCoteau's amusing Prison of the Dead (2000), this straight-to-video horror film was written by minor cult actor Trent Haaga. The story line posits a new reality-based television series along the lines of Fear Factor in which five attractive models must spend the night in a haunted asylum for a million-dollar prize. There's a greedy producer who sets booby-traps for the girls along the way, not knowing that there is a real presence in the hospital -- the ghost of an evil millionaire who had kidnapped several young women years before, hoping to force them to marry him. The contestants make confessions to the cameras strategically placed within, only to have their deepest fears used against them by the malevolent ghost. Joe Estevez shows up as well, adding a small bit of name value to a cast including Debra Mayer, Tanya Dempsey, and Stacey Scowley. This was one of several collaborations between B-movie moguls J.R. Bookwalter and Charles Band, concluding with Dead & Rotting the same year.
Rating: R
Genre: Horror , Television
Directed By: Danny Draven
Written By: Trent Haaga
In Theaters: wide
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Tempe Home Entertainment

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Debra Mayer
as Paige
Brinke Stevens
as Head Spectre
Sunny Lombardo
as Rainbow
Aaron Brown
as Spectre
Julian Ott
as Cameraman
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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August 11, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

another cool addition to the low budget genre scene

Full Review… | August 10, 2005
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September 25, 2003
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Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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This is a pretty wild film, but then again anything from Full Moon Pictures is usually pretty wild. Don't go over board to get this one. What we have here is a game show called Chill Challenge where 5 sexy ladies are locked in a haunted house to see who wins a million bucks, reality TV, but like most reality TV its rigged, and one of the girls id the directors girlfriend so the million is safe, so we think, but the girls are getting knocked off one by one, by some grim reaper looking dudes that really take away from the movie. But we have some regular horror story babes un this one, Tanya Dempsey and Debra Mayer. Even our porn star Brinke Steves (hey a girls gotta make a buck.) Still I can only give it 3 stars, if we had a different slashed then grim reaper dudes that eat intestines, then it would have got more.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Remember "Halloween: Resurrection", the movie where a reality show producer had contestants spent the night in the "infamous Meyers house"? Well, imagine a film that's dumber and more cheaply than that one, and which features and awful script and some of the worst gore effects ever included in a commerical production. If you can imagine that, you have an idea of the awfulness that is "Hell Asylum". In "Hell Asylum", disgraced television producer Max (Muskatell) is given one last chance by a production company exec (Estevez) to deliver a hit show. He conceives "Chill Challenge", a reality show where five sexy girls are locked in a haunted house for a night where they must complete challenges set by Max in order to win a share of one million dollars. Needless to say, Max's carnival spookhouse tricks are the least of the worries the girls are going to have. [center][img]http://www.geocities.com/nuelow/movhellasylum.jpg[/img] [i]The creator and contestants on "Chill Challenge", a reality game show where five girls are locked in a haunted house.[/i] [/center] Released the same year as "Halloween: Resurrection", this film is either a case of not-so-great-minds thinking alike, or it's a case of someone trying to copy when they thought was a great idea. Whatever the origin of the idea behind the film, it's a lame one that's made even lamer by a bad use of the "helmet-cam" stchick that was also included in "Resurrection", where the actors are supposedly filming the footage as they move around. Here's it's used to show stairs. Nothing but stairs. And I even think it's the same set of stairs we're shown over and over. Why not use the "helmet-cam" to show close-ups of the flesh-eating ghosts devour the contenstants? Why not use the device to evoke suspense and horror instead of boredom? Probably because it would require some degree of inventiveness in stretching a budget so low that they couldn't even afford raw sausages to double for intestines being ripped from victims. Instead, what we get looks a mophead dipped in spaghetti sauce (or maybe five cans of spaghetti and meatballs poured onto the chest of the actor. Whatever it is, the gore in this film is so unconvincing that I am amazed that professionals were willing to put their names to this movie. (And this goes for all the effects and costuming, with the exception of a fall down some stairs. It's the only place in the entire movie where any degree of inventiveness is shown, the only point where the film doesn't feel like it was made by a lazy crew who would really rather be working on some up-and-coming band's rock video. Using the "helmet-cam" set-up for something more creative might have happened if the script for the film had been better. While the writerr did remember to put in some ghost attacks, he forgot to give us a reasonable explanation for [i]why[/i] the ghosts attack. Why do the ghosts eat the people they attack? Were they starved to death by their evil, Bluebeard-style husband? Were they demons that were summoned and then trapped in the house? Are they the by-product of the rumored mad science experiments that also took place in the house? The complete lack of any apparent thought given to the "why" of the supernatural attacks in the film make it seem all the more bad. In fact, this movie is so bad that I have to wonder what made Charles Band allow the Full Moon label to be attached to it. Was he so hard up for cash and/or something to release that he was willing to sacrifice his still-very-bankable company name? There have reportedly been a number of movies over the years that Band produced but didn't want the Full Moon name associated with, because he felt they "didn't have that Full Moon magic". But he somehow felt this movie did?! And somehow he felt like he wanted his name on this film while he has used pseudonyms on much better pictures? (I know there are many reasons for creatives to use pseudonyms, but "Hell Asylum" doesn't seem like the sort of picture a well-established figure like Band would want to be associated with.) The awfulness of the film is not the fault of the actors, by the way. The films leads all do a fine job, perhaps even better than the material warrants; it's almost a shame that Tanya Dempsy, Debra Mayer, Stacey Scowley and Sunny Lombardo are wasted in a movie like this, because all three of them appear to be talented actresses. Speaking of Lombardo, she happens to be the focus of the only sections in the film the truly work, the only time this supposedly horror movie manages to evoke a sense of dread in the viewer. At a point in the film, Lombardo's character is horribly injured and the fesh-ripped ghosts come upon her as she lays there in great pain. She begs one of them to kill her... and it doesn't. It just lets her lay there and die a slow and very painful death. It's a seriously unsettling scene, and it made gives a little insight into what this movie could have been if its creators had bothered putting forward some real effort. As it is, "Hell Asylum" is not worth your time. Hell Asylum Starring: Tanya Dempsy, Debra Mayer, Sunny Lombardo, Stacey Scowley, Timothy Muskatell, Olimpia Fernandez and Joe Estevez Director: Danny Draven

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

A dreadful effort from Film 2000, who else! This is sooo poor and looks very amateur!

Dean King
Dean King

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