Asylum of Darkness (2017)

Director: Jay Woelfel

Writer: Jay Woelfel (Screenplay)

Starring: Tim Thomerson, Richard Hatch, Tiffany Shepis, Amanda Howell, Scott Summitt, Nick Baldasare

 

Plot: After awakening in a mental asylum, a patient plans an escape to freedom, but finds an even more disturbing, supernatural world on the outside, one that threatens to keep him trapped in madness forever.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slightly Too Confusing

 

Story: Asylum of Darkness starts as we meet Dwight (Baldasare) a patient inside the mental asylum who doesn’t believe he needs to be there. When he goes on his own mission to escape he discovers the cryptic truth from fellow patient Van Gogh (Jones Jr) which shows us not everything is as simple as it seems.

Once escaped Dwight finds himself meeting more faceless people before seeking shelter in a house of a man involved in a car crash, only his wife Ellen (Howell) knows who he is as it seems like he has swapped places with a famous author.

The longer Dwight keeps his new life the more Dr Shaker (Hatch) arrives to haunt him as Dwight finds people trying to take over this new body.

 

Thoughts on Asylum of Darkness

 

Characters/PerformanceDwight is in a mental asylum patient that is trying to escape only to find himself living someone else’s life, leading to him to question everything in the world he is now living in. Dr Shaker is treating Dwight and continues to follow him after his escape from the asylum. The rest of the characters all add to the puzzle going on through the film.

Performance wise, Nick does a solid job in this role having to be in nearly every scene with Richard Hatch doing a good job as the doctor who keeps appearing.

StoryWhen it comes to the story we must look at things in two ways, the first is that this does keep us guessing to what is actually going on, but this is also the flaw because it becomes difficult to keep up with each twist going on. While it is great to have a story that keeps you guessing and guessing I do feel this one is slightly too much at times.

HorrorThere are good horror moments but it would be fair to say that nothing comes off very scary just a lot of good practical gore effects.

SettingsEach setting is used to add to the mystery for Dwight to go through but they also add to moments of confusion in the story.

Special EffectsThe practical effects are all good gore based horror but when the film turns to CGI not everything looks as good.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that will keep you thinking from start to finish even if it is too often in places, the biggest problem I had with this film was the use of Dance Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens as it was used on my favourite comic mystery show Jonathan Creek, this made it difficult for me to take everything serious.

 

Overall: Solid horror that you will need to give your full attention.

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2017 Watched List – Part 4

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 31 – 40

1.    Silence

2.     Manchester by the Sea

3.     The Survivalist

4.     The Killing Fields

5.     The Mummy 1959

6.     Jackie

7.     The Girl with all the Gifts

8.     Maverick

9.     Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey.

10. Zulu

Favourite Film
The Girl with All the Giftsgirl

I want to make this clear, this is not the best film on this list but the one I will most likely watch again, which makes it my favourite. I do enjoy the zombie genre of horror and this while glossy is easily enjoyable for the fans of the genre.

Worst Film
Maverickmaver

I found this film extremely boring with the comedy seemingly a rinse repeat process that gets boring after the first couple of times.

Favourite Character
Jackie Kennedy – Jackiejacie

Jackie Kennedy is one of the most iconic women of the 20th century and this portray of her is brilliant even if it is at one of the most difficult times of her life, right after her husband assassination.

Worst Character
Tom – Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey

Tom is an abusive husband that gets punished by the intruder, while he is mostly immobilised through the film the final act we see his true colours and just how twisted his character is.

Star Performance
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Seacasey

You know those Oscar’s they give it, well this should and most likely will be the winner this year in the Best Actor category.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.