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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: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B9JU76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,633 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.

Customer Reviews

Maybe some spoilers, I'm vague on this like the end of the movie is vague.
gespect
In order to make his existence a bit more palatable, he somehow manages to have all of the members of his band also hired at the said institution.
E. Lee Zimmerman
Great movie, regardless of the weak low budget acting and the hit or miss storytelling that takes a while to get underway.
B. E Jackson

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Horror fan..j.t on 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 on November 29, 2013
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 By Corey Lidster on December 2, 2014
Format: DVD
This is one of those films I started watching with fairly low expectations. I was surprised, however, by the opening minutes, as I was immediately drawn in by the natural dialogue, claustrophobic setting, and atmosphere of seething menace. The cinematography, music and narrative flow all possess the feel of a 1980's horror classic like Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead' and 'Day of the Dead', with hints of Carpenter's 'Assault on Precinct 13'.

While there's no doubt that the idea of being trapped inside an asylum for the criminally insane is scary, there is also a lot of ways to screw up a movie like this. Most films and TV shows in that tackle the 'lunatics take over the asylum' sub-genre do everything wrong, making the inmates more like cackling buffoons than monsters, tedious instead of frightening. Some of the lunatics in 'Asylum Blackout' cackle, but they're also absolutely terrifying. I've always believed that supernatural entities and monsters are far less frightening than the horrors people can and do inflict on one another. The thought of being trapped in a dark, windowless citadel, with just a handful of security and kitchen staff against dozens of murderous sociopaths and violently delusional psychotics, is enough to make the toughest men p*ss their pants.

The unpredictability of the insane is the motive force here, and it gains momentum quickly, never slowing down or second guessing the grisly twists and politically incorrect themes. This is one of those very rare occasions when I actually wanted to see more, and it's rarer still for me to feel that way about a horror film; endings are usually the weakest part of a horror movie. Asylum Blackout is not a true original, but it IS an anomaly, running contrary to the prevailing currents in horror; it's also a very good film, and anyone who considers themselves a fan of the genre should check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on February 22, 2014
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 By B. E Jackson on November 7, 2013
Format: DVD
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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