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The Asylum

4.51 h 31 min201518
Six teenagers choose an old, abandoned asylum as the venue for their sex and drug-fuelled party of a lifetime. Once a brutal and controversial establishment for the criminally insane, the group ignore rumours that the derelict walls of the asylum still house the spirits of its tormented victims.
Marcus Nispel
Kelly BlatzBrittany CurranBrett Dier
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Gage GolightlyNick NicoteraNick NordellaMichael OrmsbyKevin ChapmanStephen Lang
Marcus NispelBrandt AndersenMichael CorsoTrent OthickDavid Zander
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4.0 out of 5 stars

123 global ratings

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  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 8% of reviews have 1 stars
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MikeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Trying to find something positive to say about this, but it's a struggle. The script is bad, the acting is bad, and the plot is underwhelming. The camerawork jumps all over the place, seemingly trying to up the fear factor on scenes that are more likely to have you laughing than scared. The characters are unlikeable people that you suspect we'd all be better off without - on that count at least, the film delivers.

You'd be forgiven for suspecting that the people involved in this movie knew there were some issues, and amped up the gore to try and hide the problems. No dice guys - gore doesn't make horror, it just keeps the fake blood industry going.

If you want a good haunted asylum movie I'd recommend Grave Encounters (one and two), and I seem to remember Session 9 being pretty good.
2 people found this helpful
RasvaaPReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Generally a good film, nicely shot which gives the film a gritty edge.
In this film set in an old derelict asylum, where one by one the characters are killed by an evil presence.
There's quiet a good twist at the end with regard to one of the main characters, the acting isn't of the highest calibre. However it's believable with regard to the story.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
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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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Catherine LReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
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A watchable effort! A bunch of stoner college-kid punk-dropouts host a party at an old asylum owned by the local church. The next morning they're all on clean-up duties but decide to have a dabble in the occult instead (Rad idea, dudes?) The young 'Kurt' lookalike is possessed by a demon and causes chaos. Despite a DIY Google exorcism the demon isn't going anywhere until it's possessed the whole gang! This starts off like a lame paranormal possession movie but soon morphs into a more agreeable comedic 'Demons'-style GoreFest!
As long as you don't spend more than 99p you'll be alright for Friday night.
3 people found this helpful
Sean MillerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was good in parts
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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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Paul BartlettReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
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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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LucieNReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 March 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Probably because of lack of a clear plot, the ...
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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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Claire BReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
O. M. G. absolute drivel. Did ...
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O.M.G. absolute drivel. Did that film get mixed up with a batch of student home movies that a bunch of 13 year old's knocked together over a weekend?! Please do not watch this film. In fact the thought of falling on a hammer is more appealing than the thought of having to watch this again. I almost shouted at one point - "HE'S BEHIND YOOOUUUUU" to the sounds of a cymbal. Sling this in the bin.
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