I can't believe there hasn't been more hype for this film. I feel like yelling at all of you like Chris Farley from the Herlihy boy sketch, "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, YOU'VE GOT TO SEE ASYLUM BLACKOUT!" I don't want to convince you by telling you any plot points or what it reminds me of, or what standing this quality of horror falls in line with. In fact I say get it blindly without reading anything about it. The title is enough. I think that as horror fans you owe it to yourselves to check this one out.
I'll only say this, it actually caused people to faint while watching it:
I'd venture to guess that this occurred not only because these people might have been particularly weak-stomached, but because of the caliber of filmmaking may have been something they weren't expecting for a "horror" genre film.
Pretty sure this one's a keeper in anyone's collection.
Surprisingly, Cinemax aired this as one of their Saturday night premieres, which is usually reserved for big budget Hollywood fare. That's where I saw it.
It was okay. Well made, occasionally suspenseful, but I just didn't find it all that engaging. But if you stumble across it for free on Cinemax, it's not a bad watch.
I gave it a brief review in my midnight madness 2011 thread. It went under the title "The Incident" then. I did think it was great. Sadly no north american blu-ray though.
Saw this on Mok's recommendation (the title came up in a discussion of the current TV horrors, namely American Horror Story and Walking Dead. I said I find them more engaging than most horror feature films that get released, and Mok offered up Asylum Blackout as an example of a feature that's better than either of those TV shows).
I wanted to like it, I really did. Ultimately though, I was turned off by the lack of characterization of the inmates, and the over-characterization of the protagonists. At first, I really enjoyed that we got to know them so well, with the band, the intra-band dynamics, the girlfriend, etc. But once the titular blackout occurs, none of those things really matter anymore. It's like the first 30 minutes of the movie is total unrelated filler.
Then, we find out the main guy thinks it's one particular inmate who's behind everything, but we never find out why. And we also never find out how bad any of these inmates are.
Overall, it's an example of poor writing dooming what was actually a good initial plot concept. C+ at best.
Dang, too bad :(
I've got AHS season 2 queued up for the holidays :)
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