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Asylum (2008)

  • Rate: 4.0/10 total 1,538 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 15 July 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
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Asylum (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Asylum (2008)
  • Rate: 4.0/10 total 1,538 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 15 July 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: South Carolina, USA
  • Director: David R. Ellis
  • Stars: Sarah Roemer, Jake Muxworthy and Mark Rolston
  • Original Music By: David Hamilton   
  • Plot Keyword: Asylum | Suicide | College Student | Janitor | Trauma

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Ethan Lawrence 

Known Trivia

    Plot: Six college students discover their dorm was once an insane asylum that conducted gruesome lobotomy's on its teenage inmates during the 1930's. Full summary » |  »

    Story: The teenager Madison McBride is traumatized by the loss of her deranged father when she was nine years old and the suicide of her beloved brother Brandon one year ago. She decides to join the Richard Miller University, where Brandon committed suicide, to overcome her demons. While walking to her dorm, she meets the weird janitor Wilbur Mackey that tells her that the place is haunted. Madison befriends the recovering drug addicted Holt; the geek outcast String; the sexually abused Ivy and Maya; and the joker athlete Tommy. All the schoolmates have traumas and the veteran Rez is responsible for them. String discovers in Internet that in 1935, their dorm together with an attached abandoned section was an asylum administrated by Dr. Magnus Burke and considered a safe refugee for troubled teenagers with state-of-art treatment. However, in 1939, the interns uprose against the insane doctor, killing and disclosing the truth about his treatment…Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Patrick Aiello known as executive producer
    • Ashok Amritraj known as producer
    • Jessika Borsiczky known as producer
    • Tawny Ellis known as co-producer
    • George Parra known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Sarah Roemer known as Madison
    • Jake Muxworthy known as Holt
    • Mark Rolston known as The Doctor
    • Travis Van Winkle known as Tommy
    • Ellen Hollman known as Ivy
    • Carolina Garcia known as Maya
    • Cody Kasch known as String
    • Lin Shaye known as String's Mother
    • Joe Inscoe known as Mackey
    • Gabe Wood known as Kelso
    • Randall Sims known as Rez
    • Andrea Powell known as Carol
    • Pete Burris known as Lloyd
    • Caroline Kent known as Madison At 11
    • Brantley Pollock known as Brandon At 12 (as Brantley Pollack)
    • Crystal Coney known as Dorm Clerk (as Crystal McLaurin-Coney)
    • Benjamin Daniele known as Brandon (as Ben Daniele)
    • Cody Hanford known as Young Mackey
    • Bridget Gethins known as Tommy's Mother
    • Ron Clinton Smith known as Ivy's Father
    • Juan-Carlos Guzman known as Rudy
    • Jamie Moore known as Campus Cop #1
    • Charles Cabaniss known as Campus Cop #2 (as Charles T. Cabaniss)
    • Aaron Blomberg known as Barbwire Boy (uncredited)
    • Jerry Cashman known as College Professor (uncredited)
    • Montrey Gordy known as Dorm Clerk (uncredited)
    • Jamie Hill known as Trendy Girl (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • David LeRoy Anderson known as special makeup effects designer
    • Mark Ballou known as special makeup effects technician: AFX Studio
    • Judith H. Bickerton known as key hair stylist (as Judith Bickerton)
    • Jamie Kelman known as special makeup effects artist
    • Patricia McAlhany Glasser known as hair stylist (as Patricia McAlthany-Glasser)
    • Nicole Michaud known as special effects hair: AFX Studio
    • Rick Pour known as makeup department head
    • Dave Snyder known as special makeup effects artist
    • Jason Willis known as assistant makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Kip Bartlett known as set dresser
    • Michael T. Booe known as constructor
    • John B. Clarey III known as carpenter
    • George W. Harding III known as first assistant props (as George Harding III)
    • J. Lauren Jackson known as art department intern (as Jacelyn Lauren Jackson)
    • Scott Johnson known as on-set dresser
    • Tom Jones Jr. known as construction coordinator
    • Randy Kenan known as gang boss
    • Aaron Longstreth known as set dresser
    • Alicia Lowe known as art department coordinator
    • Paul Oliver known as charge scenic
    • Mark Paton known as art department production assistant
    • Roger Scruggs known as general foreman
    • Amber Leigh Smith known as art department production assistant
    • Bob Smith known as lead man
    • Greg Spencer known as foreman
    • Richard Waldrop known as property master
    • Rod Honeycutt known as set dresser (uncredited)




    Production Companies:

    • Hyde Park Films (as Hyde Park Entertainment) (presents)
    • Mad Scientist Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
    • Image Resources  trailer editing
    • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment provided by
    • Widget Post Production  adr recording facilities
    • Wilshire Stages, The  ADR recording facility


    • ARM Distribution (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
    • Cascade Film (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
    • Cinestar (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
    • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Blue Sky Media (2007) (Czech Republic) (all media)
    • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
    • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
    • MGM Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
    • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • AFX Studios

    Visual Effects by:

    • Daniel Birnbaum known as digital compositor
    • Chris Bond known as visual effects supervisor: Frantic Films
    • Vanessa Cheung known as matte painter
    • Tim Christensen known as compositor: Frantic Films
    • Rachel Clement known as digital cleanup artist
    • Nick Fredin known as visual effects animator
    • Julius Friede known as digital intermediate colorist
    • Chris Harvey known as cg supervisor: Frantic Films
    • Erik Henry known as visual effects supervisor
    • Jan Huybrechs known as 3D scanning: Eyetronics
    • Mike Jahnke known as animator
    • Sean Konrad known as lead compositor
    • Cynthia Maurer known as texture artist
    • Allan McKay known as visual effects technical director
    • Janet Muswell known as visual effects producer
    • Nicholas Nakadate known as visual effects technical director
    • Robert Schajer known as visual effects producer: Frantic Films
    • Alex Scollay known as visual effects artist
    • Jane Sharvina known as compositing supervisor: Frantic Films
    • Martha Soehendra known as compositor
    • Daniel C.J. Todd known as visual effects artist
    • Allen Tracy known as visual effects editor: Frantic Films Los Angeles
    • Robert Ward known as visual effects artist
    • Jeremy West known as 3D prop modeler
    • Denise Woodward known as render wrangler: Frantic Films
    • Radost Yonkova known as visual effects compositor: Frantic Films

    Release Date:

    • Germany 20 March 2008
    • Greece 9 April 2008
    • Philippines 9 April 2008 (theatrical release)
    • Netherlands 22 April 2008
    • Belgium 28 May 2008
    • Thailand 3 July 2008 (theatrical release)
    • USA 15 July 2008
    • Russia 24 July 2008 (theatrical release)
    • Italy 3 February 2009
    • Australia 10 February 2009
    • Finland 11 September 2009

    MPAA: Rated R for strong horror violence and terror, disturbing images, language and brief nudity



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Slickflix from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      My oh my. I've been looking forward to this movie for quite some time.I recall it filming back in 2006, and was looking forward to a releasesometime in 2007. Slasher movie set in a college dorm. Prettyinteresting. And I really dug David R. Ellis' last 3 films. Well, as ofthis writing, March 2008, the film has yet to be released theatrically,and doesn't even have a date set yet. Now that I've seen the movie, Ican see why. This baby has direct to DVD written all over it. If thisactually gets a theatrical release, I'll eat my hat. Where to begin?

      "Asylum" is horrendously written. I would be surprised if this EthanLawrence has actually SEEN a horror movie. I hope he has hisfilm-making license revoked. This film felt like one awful collectionof slasher clichés.

      1. Cast of formulaic characters out of any B-Slasher. The main girl,her nice boyfriend, the nerd, the jock, the slut, the tough chick, themean Resident Assistant. I assure you, you already know who will liveand who will die before the movie even begins.

      2. Typical inept security guards. Also the clichéd old man who warnsthe kids that their dorm is haunted and that they're doomed.

      3. Crazy killer who murders teens as revenge for being killed 50 yearsago.

      That's just the beginning. The "Script" is riddled with many moreproblems. EXPOSITION GALORE. Each of the main characters has abrainless troubled back-story which they proceed to explain for 5minutes each.

      "Yada yada, my father used to molest me".

      "Yada yada, I used to be a druggie".

      "Yada yada, I used to be obese".

      "Yada yada, I've always been too awkward to make friends".

      "Yada yada, my boyfriend used to beat me".

      I'm not making any of this up. If someone can explain to me what themain girl's back-story (the films opening) had to do with ANYTHING,please let me know. Talk about pointless. To make it worse, when thekiller confronts each of his victims, the character finds themselvessuddenly transported to a place where they suffered years ago. They'llproceed to say something idiotic like, "My old bedroom, how did I getin here?! This has to be a hallucination!"

      This is the kind of garbage that used to fly, say, 20 years ago in yourtypical "Nightmare on Elm Street" sequel. Speaking of which, thevillain here is nothing but a Freddy Kruger rip-off. Mad doctor whodoes gruesome experiments on his teen patients. They revolt and killhim. 50 years later his ghost is murdering the teens using the oldAsylum as a dormitory. Although the guy was NEVER burned, his ghoststill has gross flesh burns all over. Sometimes he kills people intheir dreams, but sometimes his ghost just shows up in the dorm. Theman's development is beyond pathetic.

      And don't get me started on the atrocious dialogue. Being a collegestudent myself, I can assure you that this garbage is better suited foran 80's teen sex comedy. The clichéd hero girl has all the predictabletraits. Tragic past, scary visions, she finds the dead body whichdisappears when she brings the cops. Everyone thinks she is crazy. Anddespite being big enough to house several hundred students, the onlypeople ever in the dorm are the same 7 "victims". I dare you not togiggle at the "Day to night transitions", which are all the same stockfootage of the exterior of the building with a spooky sky.

      Anything good to say about the flick? Sure. The whole thing is prettywell shot, with some smooth camera movements and intense colors. Themain cast is all appealing too. Unfortunately the material they'regiven is garbage. I really enjoyed Sarah Roemer in "Disturbia", she'scute and likable. I hope she starts choosing her roles better or she'llfind herself stuck in DTV limbo. Also, the guy that plays Dr. Burkehams it up pretty well. Too bad he has stupid likes like "Give me yoursuffering". He also gives dim-witted monologues as he tortures peopleabout how this is curing their agony. Bah! Watching this movie istorture enough. There is some OK gore, but nothing very exciting –about on par with an episode of CSI.

      Overall, the situation speaks for itself. This movie is prettymediocre, and has ZERO chance of success theatrically. I wouldn't besurprised if it gets a straight to DVD debut sometime near the end ofthe year. I suppose if you catch it on TV one day, it might be worthchecking out. But don't go out of your way.

    2. Dave (freaky_dave) from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      I wasn't expecting anything when I saw this movie for free. If Iwould've had to pay for it I wouldn't have watched it in the firstplace. The story copies everything from other horror movies. This onefeels mostly like Nightmare on Elm Street though, but doneincompetently. You have the usual stereotypes, and none of them can actwell enough to make you care about them. One of the things I did likeat first was the rapid dialog. I found it hysterical at first becauseit seemed almost natural the way it was spoken, but then it becomestotally repetitive and soon falls apart when the killer finally showsup. And when I say falls apart, I mean it for all the characters. Ithink maybe the director realized he was just making another uselesshorror movie and decided to stop caring.

      This movie had cliché written all over it. All the ideas have been doneto death, and the director offers nothing more to the table to make itwork in anyway. THe killer was laughable as was most of this movie. Iwould not recommend this pile of Pooh to anyone.

    3. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      The teenager Madison McBride (Sarah Roemer) is traumatized by the lossof her deranged father when she was nine year–old and the suicide ofher beloved brother Brandon one year ago. She decides to join theRichard Miller University, where Brandon committed suicide, to overcomeher demons. While walking to her dorm, she meets the weird janitorWilbur Mackey (Joe Inscoe) that tells her that the place is haunted.Madison befriends the recovering drug addicted Holt (Jake Muxworthy);the geek outcast String (Cody Kasch); the sexually abused Ivy (EllenHollman) and Maya (Carolina Garcia); and the joker athlete Tommy(Travis Van Winkle). All the schoolmates have traumas and the veteranRez (Randall Sims) is responsible for them. String discovers inInternet that in 1935, their dorm together with an attached abandonedsection was an asylum administrated by Dr. Magnus Burke (Mark Rolston)and considered a safe refugee for troubled teenagers with state-of-arttreatment. However, in 1939, the interns uprose against the insanedoctor, killing and disclosing the truth about his treatment. Soonerthey find that their dorm is haunted by Dr. Burke that is seeking fortortured souls.

      The lame "Asylum" is a forgettable collection of clichés that do notfrighten or make laugh. The villain Dr. Burke slightly recalls FreddyKrueger with his sharp blades and bringing nightmarish memories to hisvictims. The characters are destroyed the same way they appear, withoutany development or care with the consequences. In accordance with thestory, Mackey was eleven year-old in 1939. Therefore, in 2007, he wouldbe seventy-nine year-old, still working and in an excellent shape. Inthe end, I would like to give my suffering for watching this terriblemovie. My vote is four.

      Title (Brazil): "Asylum – Não Estamos Sozinhos" ("Asylum – We Are notAlone")

    4. Anthony Pittore III (Shattered_Wake) from Los Angeles, CA
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      Freshman Madison (Sarah Roemer of Disturbia) at a small universitylearns that her dormitory was once the home of an infamous mentalinstitution known for its unsavoury practices on its patients. As theparanormal occurrences increase (including her weird hallucinations),Madison must unlock the secret of her haunted dorm to save herself andher new friends.

      As a hound for 'asylum' horror, I decided to check this new flick outas soon as possible. At this point, I'm used to the unoriginal plots inasylum horror. It's usually either an unknown patient in a non-patientrole, or an insane doctor, or the ghosts of the past, etc. So, I'vecome to expect the normal amount of clichés in this subgenre. And,while Asylum had a few more than normal as it also adopted the clichésof children's psychology and college horror, I could look past them. Inaddition to the clichéd writing, the dialogue, though great for acouple of the characters, is annoying for some of the others,especially the overly sexy Ivy (Ellen Hollman) and the Stiffler-wannabeTommy (Travis van Winkle (heh)). What I do like about Tommy, however,is that he actually is likable when he becomes insecure. . . but, whenhe turns back on, annoying as hell. The story moves well, but takesalmost no risks to separate it from the countless other films like it.There are some fairly creepy moments (doctors looming in shadows, thedecrepit asylum hall, etc.) and the kills are pretty fantastic, andthese are what makes it worth the 94 minutes (although the last 10 orso are laughably cheesy). Also, any cameo by Lin Shaye is worthy of awatch. Especially one as hilarious as this. Overall, the film is madeup of a mediocre script and unremarkable actors, but also a beautifulsetting and some good gore & kills. It's Ellis's direction that helpsto make the film the slightly above average thriller than it ends upbeing. I can recommend a rental for those looking for a modern slasherwithout much thinking necessary.

      Final verdict: 6/10.

    5. Jan Strydom from South Africa
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      I found ASYLUM sitting on a shelf at the local DVD store, I didn't knowa thing about this movie but that hasn't stopped me before, I rentedit, took it home, popped it in the player and as the pre-credits rolledI noticed two familiar names, one was that of the producer AshokAmritaj whose other credits in the horror genre includes a more popularfilm called TRICK'R'TREAT and the second was David R. Ellis whosecredits include FINAL DESTINATION 2 and 4 and CELLULAR, so I reckonedthis film should either be interesting or it should really suck since Inever heard of it.

      The film turned out to be good after all, it wasn't something I wouldtell everyone about, it starts off as a ghost story setting up the mooddeveloping the characters but later it turns more into a slasher and ofcourse you get the usual set of clichés, but on the plus side thecharacters are of course your typical young teen slasher types but someof them are actually likable (halelluja a slasher with likablecharacters) it features pretty good cinematography that succeeds increating atmosphere, it has a pretty cool villain that reminds me a bitof Freddy Kreuger and it doesn't resort to showcasing a bunch of titsand ass to make up for its poor script, although the script isn't thatpoor but its not that great either.

      In way after watching this film I also thought if people wanted to knowhow would A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET be if it was brought out today, Iwould say just watch this film and I'm mainly saying that because ofthe villain of the story who preys on his victims fears, Freddy alsopreys on his victims fears but he does it through their dreams, I mightbe wrong but that's what I think.

    6. rio64 ( from The Netherlands
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      Can someone please explain to me how this movie only has a measly 3.9rating? Come on! This movie was GREAT!!!! Sure it might not have beentoo original a story, but then again what is? We have about 10.000remakes done in Hollywood every year, most of them worthless, and tothat aspect this movie at least tried to create it's own new bad guy.And in my mind it was a great success! Mark Rolston as Doctor Burke wasa bad guy I would love to see again. And I sincerely hope they willmake at least one sequel. The whole movie kind of reminded me ofNightmare on Elm street, particularly the Dream Warriors, but it wasjust so neatly done. Even the lighting was eerie and great. I said itbefore I'm a horror fan and with this movie even I had my tensemoments, particularly at the ending. The graphics were great, the gorewas good and all in all this movie just plain delivered. I don't thinkany true horror fan would be disappointed at this movie. Trulyoriginal, no, but great mad fun, YES. Certainly! Sequel, PLEASE!!

    7. Jon Doe from yourhdd
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      If you got this movie expecting a $100 million production costs andover the top gore your going to walk away disappointed. If you are likeme, a genre fan than you may be pleasantly surprised. The acting inthis flick, along with production, and everything else was well aboveexpectations. The script is decent and not as flawed as some would likeyou to believe. If you pay attention it all makes sense in theend.(This isn't a movie that requires 2-3 watches to get it). Goodgenre movies like this are constantly passed over by a lot ofpeople(including myself) due to the backslapping phenomenon here atIBMD that ruins the rating system.

      You know the one where one person says, "Worst movie ever", then getsfollowed by 50 other sheep who can't think or form an opinion forthemselves saying the same thing and voting the same way even thoughmore then likely they never even saw the film. I wish I could say thatthis type of behavior will stop, but it never will and it works on bothsides. If you notice, a lot of movies at IBMD will be rated terriblylong before they are even released to anyone. Then a few people withbackbone will stand up and eventually the ratings will rise. I see thiswith almost EVERY release that goes straight to DVD and even some bigHollywood releases.


      About this movie, It definitely DOESN'T deserve the rating it has. Itshould at least be in the 5-6 range. This isn't some ridiculous moviemade by some idiot kid with no talent and a camcorder with a bunch ofhis no talent friends attempting to act. This is a low budget above parscare fair with good effects, a decent story, and great acting.Obviously a movie like this won't ever win any awards, but if you takeit for what it is and your a genre fan this movie wont disappoint atall.

      I gave this movie a 7. I wish I could give it more, but it really isonly deserving of a 5, maybe 6 at most. I added another star to try andmake up for the pitiful IBMD zombies who refuse to think forthemselves.

      For the Horror buffs who follow my reviews for their horror pics, Iwould give this one a watch. Don't expect a "classic" or "gem". Itsjust a "Decent horror flick" thats totally undeserving of IBMD'srating.

    8. movieman_kev from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      Madison McBride (Sarah Roemer from Disturbia & Fired Up) has been newlyenrolled in Richard Miller University despite the protestations of hermother. It seems the university used to be an controversial mentalinstitution specializing in teenagers. Her and a few other teensresiding in her dormitory decide to check out the abandoned section ofthe school. But seeing as all the new resident's have had 'troubledpasts' the ghost of the doctor of the aforementioned asylum decides to'cure' them.

      This is a typically awful 'teen scream' flick with the requisite blandteenagers. This, in itself, didn't really surprise me as Director DavidEllis seems to specialize in this kind of generic fare, having doneFinal Destination 2, Cellular & the recent the final destination 3-D)The sad thing is, is that the plot did have some potential but it wasjust handled so overwhelmingly badly that the film comes across astrite, badly acted & lifeless. If it wasn't readily available onInstant Netflix which i simply streamed on my Xbox 360 I doubt I wouldhave bothered with it at all.

      Eye Candy: Sarah Roemer provides some fairly quick T&A)

      My Grade: D-

    9. pmcguireumc from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      OK, I am getting sick of the recent trend in horror movies – that ofevery film being a Rembrandt picture (that is, no source of light andthe background being all black). Between "The Descent", "The Ruins",and "Asylum", I have not been able to see what was happening on thescreen in a long time.

      That being said, based on what i could hear of this film, i didn't missmuch. If you took out the F word, the script would have been about 10pages with narratives reading, "characters show up. meet each other.some you like some you don't. bad things happen. characters run throughdarkness. lights go out. creepy doctor appears. run. lots ofunnecessarily gory deaths. meet background character who appears toknow back story. run. defeat bad guy. semi-happy resolution. finalpointless scare." oh for the days of "the Friday the 13th series". itis sad when Jason is the barometer of good quality. the bad part is,they don't even meet the Jason quota of nudity and deaths.

      the only thing that saves this is some witty dialogue in the beginningduring the orientation scenes. otherwise, pointless and too damn dark.did i mention how unnecessarily dark it is?

    10. joemamaohio from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

      Back in the 30s, Doctor Burke (Mark Rolston) tried to treat teenagerssuffering from craziness, but his methods proved more deadly thanhelpful, and the other patients killed him.

      Now, in modern time, the building is now a college dorm. Six unwittingstudents – each with their own deep, dark secret – have the dumb luckto be living in that dorm.

      We got our stock characters, including the survivor girl Madison (SarahRoemer), the brooding bad boy with the heart of gold Holt (JakeMuxworthy), the shy computer geek String (Cody Kasch), the whorish Ivy(Ellen Hollman), the dumb jock Tommy (Travis Van Winkle) and theSpanish kick-butt-and-take-names girl Maya (Carolina Garcia). One byone they become victims (or survivors) of the mad doctor, with only oneoutrageous way of killing him.

      Let's go through our checklist of horror movie clichés: 1) Stockcharacters – check 2) Characters with seedy pasts that you know willcome into play – check 3) A cop who has no clue what he's doing – check4) A creepy janitor who knows the whole history – check 5) Asupernatural killer – check

      Yep…basically this is just yet another horror flick that will beeasily forgotten an hour after watching it.

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