Monday, March 21, 2016


Insanitarium Movie Review

After his sister Lily (Kiele Sanchez, A Perfect Getaway, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days) is committed to a mental institute, Jack (Jesse Metcalfe) has himself committed in a short-sighted attempt to free her. Once inside, Jack realizes the doctors are administering an experimental drug that is turning the patience into something more than just nutcases--so, yeah, the story line isn't original at all. It also doesn't take long to recognize the dialogue is pretty bad (and gets even worse as the movie progresses), the acting is largely bad, and the directing style is distracting. There are attempts at humor here and there, and every single time it fails miserably. Pretty much everything leading up to anything actually happening is predictable, and it does take a while to get to the point of action, but when we do arrive...holy smokes, is it ever...

...bloody crazy.

The gore and bloodshed comes fast and often once practically all the inmates become infected, turning them into cannibalistic killing machines. The movie gets many extra points for skipping CGI and using actual prosthetics, and this is done very, very well here. As I said before, the acting is pretty rough, with the exception being the always-awesome Peter Stormare as the Head Doctor In Charge. Others in this movie some may recognize include Kevin Sussman (veteran bit actor and Stuart from The Big Bang Theory), Carlo Gallo (Carnivale) and Olivia Munn (pro football player's trophy girlfriend). The ending leaves a little to be desired, but it does set up a sequel quite nicely--unfortunately (?), said sequel has yet to come along. Insanitarium is a test of patience, but if you can handle manage to wait it out, and you are a fan of gore, you may find yourself enjoying this one a little.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6

Insanitarium Movie Trailer

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