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Asylum Blackout (2011)

Anna Skellern , Dave Legeno , Alexandre Courtès  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Skellern, Dave Legeno, Rupert Evans
  • Directors: Alexandre Courtès
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B9JU76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What should have been just another night on the job turns into a desperate fight for survival for three friends when the inmates of a high security asylum break free from their cells. Rock musicians George, Max and Ricky work in the kitchen at the local asylum to make ends meet - the pay is good and they're at minimal risk, having no direct contact with the inmates. One night, just before dinner time, a storm shuts down the security system and the doors to all the cells open, letting the lunatics loose. Outnumbered and almost defenseless in the dark, the trio must find a way to survive until help arrives. A nerve-shattering thriller, ASYLUM BLACKOUT is a terrifying plunge into darkness where the things that go bump in the night become a very real threat.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thriling,creepy scary,riveting! May 8, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I felt the film was unique in the horror sub genre.it was creepy..the atmosphere and the story was a great cinematic experience!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By gespect
Format:DVD
Maybe some spoilers, I'm vague on this like the end of the movie is vague.
Asylum Blackout

For the first hour I could see giving this a 5-star rating. but a little after an hour it changes and then fails. First hour plus was a tight story where a wanna-be rock group has their day job as cooks in a high security insane asylum. There's good characterization, filming, acting, pass, everything. Even through the beginning of the black out. Then, it seems, the writer couldn't figure where to go [or maybe he/she died and an inept person took over]. So, for a few minutes he/she said: "torture film! Yeah, that's the ticket." But then it dawned on him/her: "I don't want to make a torture film." By this time they'd killed off too many people. Thus the finish is... [wait for it]... "I can't process this, that crazy man got in my brain." And then it should have finished with Alice Cooper singing: "We're all crazy. Crazy, crazy, ...crazy" [From Alice's album: "From the inside"]
Anyhow, I could see inviting a bunch of friends over, at an hour stopping the film, [not talking about it, yet], and going out to eat. After the meal discussing what has taken place and where it should go. Go back watch the rest and then discuss how they failed and try to answer: "WHY?!" The first hour is really good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars But did they ever finish the album? February 22, 2014
By Brian
Format:DVD
Black comedy/torture porn indie 'Asylum Blackout' (2011) boasts decent production values, a workable horror concept (complete with spooky setting and gallons of blood), and surprisingly credible performances. Where it fails, though, is in the technical details, and there it fails pretty badly: bad lighting, bad editing, bad writing (whether it's overwritten or underwritten to the point of obscurity can be debated, but ultimately is irrelevant). All sorts of potential mood-setting time at the outset is wasted on establishing the fact that our heroes-- a singularly luckless foursome working as kitchen staff in a home for the criminally insane-- are mates in a garage band of some kind (we never get to hear more than a few notes of the noise they produce), trying in their spare time to cut a demo record. How does this dovetail with the plot, you ask? It doesn't. Probably just a conceit of the writer, producer, director or one of their girlfriends, so feel free to make a snack during most of act one. The remainder of the film, at its best moments, plays out like 'Assault on Precinct 13' (1976) meets 'Day of the Dead' (1985) with a little mind-bending 'Brain Dead' (1990) peppered in. Unfortunately it's shot like 'Alien 3,' only instead of interchangeable extraterrestrials whizzing by the camera in near-total darkness, they're human characters that presumably need to be differentiated in order for us to understand who's killing and who's dying. Then there's the script, which is, thankfully, minimalist, but gives rather a half-hearted attempt at 'Die Hard' style survivalist technique (imagine the cast of 'Dazed and Confused' filling John McLane's shoes here), then quickly gives up, perhaps knowing that in the end everyone winds up in the bughouse. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It's true that I love Asylum Blackout, but it's not without several very noticeable faults. I'm sure I'm forgetting several in my review. For one, it takes forever for the movie to get going and once it *does* get going, it feels like it ends way too soon. Also, the employees that work at the asylum are suspiciously unarmed and defenseless for some bizarre reason, which doesn't make sense given the psychotic nature of the inmates. This also doesn't make sense since the guys that work there are more like clueless punks only there to cook meals for the inmates, at least, that's the initial impression. This makes you think it's not necessary to really care about their fate when the time comes (and trust me, you know it's coming- it's only a matter of when).

I mean *every single one* of the dangerous criminals are completely psychotic and beyond the point of being unreasonable, so they obviously have nothing to lose. Under these conditions, you'd need the best kind of protection available to assure your safety but... apparently not in this asylum. Strange.

Obviously the inmates were made so psychotic for the purpose of delivering a suspense/horror movie. Regardless of these issues, the final 30 minutes is pretty darn entertaining. This is when the employees basically spend their time tucking and hiding under tables and inside storage rooms, and anywhere they can just to escape the army of crazy criminals released after a blackout locks everyone inside. These bad boys are motivated to destroy as much of the asylum as possible... and that's another flaw. Wouldn't you want to capture and kill the employees if you're an asylum? After all, you'd want to get rid of anything that could possibly stand in the way of your persuit of escaping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Creepy for Me January 1, 2013
Format:DVD
I fell asleep with cable tv on and when I woke, this movie was on the screen, in one
of it's most horrific moments. I changed the channel FAST and then checked to see the title so that I would never inadvertently watch it.

Creepy.....too creepy for me.

So, if you're reading this, you're looking for horror. This might be right up your alley.
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1.0 out of 5 stars from slurs to what felt like the slowest struggle & bloody rampage...
After hearing slurs in the beginning including the repeated use of "retard" made it harder to watch, & for the most part wasn't needed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brandi
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, mediocre acting
Story was interesting and original. Intense and at times horrifying. But the actors were unbelievable and annoying. Recommend checking out.
Published 12 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense, action, thriller
I don't buy a movie unless i really enjoyed watching it and want to add it to my collection. So me purchasing the movie answers the question; is this movie any good? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pres21
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 and ½ Stars: ASYLUM BLACKOUT Could've Used A Bit More Bright Light
Note to Hollywood and beyond: I've really grown tired with trick endings. It isn't that I don't like then because, frankly, I do. Read more
Published 20 months ago by E. Lee Zimmerman
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good for low budget horror movies.
A very low budget movie but quite good. The violence is over the top and way beyond anything I have ever seen. Similar to the zombie movies but with severely mentally ill patients. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rick
2.0 out of 5 stars Trapped Inside the Asylum
[BEWARE: The following review of "The Asylum Blackout" contains minor spoilers.]

The title tells everything about the story. Well, apparently. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tsuyoshi
1.0 out of 5 stars Kiosk <1
Opening credits lists an asylum in Washington State as the source and the date of 11/6/89 of this patient breakout - sorry, despite the docudrama feel it never happened on that or... Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. Teslovich
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money!
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY. I took a risk on this movie because it was rated with four stars, but it fell absolutely short of being a good horror/thriller type movie. Read more
Published 23 months ago by William Russo
4.0 out of 5 stars "Asylum Blackout" Serves Up Tasty Cinematic Treat
George and his fellow bad members pick up small gigs at night, while working at the asylum during the day. Read more
Published on July 18, 2012 by K. Sommerfield
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