Dark Asylum 2002 R CC

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Dark Asylum is a taut psychological thriller about a deranged fearsome killer (Larry Drake) running loose in an abandoned high security Asylum. Pitting the county psychiatrist, Dr. Maggie Belham (Paulina Porizkova), against the psychotic maniac, Dr. Belham is trapped in a maze of corridors, and her only help is the janitor, Quitz (Judd Nelson) who may in fact be a forgotten asylum inmate.

Starring:
Paulina Porizkova, Judd Nelson
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Gregory Gieras
Starring Paulina Porizkova, Judd Nelson
Supporting actors Larry Drake, Jürgen Prochnow, Jake Eberle, Todd Sandler, Earl Carroll, Maria Rotaru, Bogdana Mirea, Florin Busuioc, Shelly Gant, Corina Danila, Radu Banzaru, Andrew Klein, Claudiu Trandafir, Catalin Neagu, Mircea Caraman, Jules-Cesar Botokoli, Andy Bartholomew, Thomas Wesson
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Meeks on November 26, 2005
Format: DVD
DARK ASYLUM bills itself as a taut psychological thriller. If you are looking for such in this movie, then you will be disappointed. I was looking for nothing more than a slasher type b-movie and DARK ASYLUM delivered the goods. DARK ASYLUM has a basic plot where a serial killer known as the Trasher (Larry Drake) is captured by the police, sustaining a gunshot injury, and is taken to the Crestwood Asylum, which is in the process of being closed down and has only one other patient still left. Maggie Belham (Paulina Porizkova) is called in to do an evaluation of the Trasher before the feds come to pick him up at midnight. The Trasher, however, is not through with his reign of terror as he effects an escape. Being that the floor of the asylum being used has emergency lockdown, Maggie finds herself trapped in an otherwise abandoned asylum with the Trasher on her heels and no one to depend on except for the one patient, the janitor (Judd Nelson), left at the asylum. They must try to survive until the feds arrive, escape, or destroy the Trasher. DARK ASYLUM has strong and weak points. Its strength is in Gieras' taut direction and Drake's portrayal of the Trasher, a character who is a large, menacing killer who is also more than capable of outsmarting his prey. Its weaknesses are a basic plot with nothing more to add and some, at best, half-hearted performances. While Drake and Porizkova deliver on their performances, Nelson performs his role but really does not bring anything to it, other than comic relief. DARK ASYLUM has several edge of your seat moments, doses of humor, and a pace which keeps it moving. If you are looking for an intense and intelligent psychological thriller, you will not find it here. If you just want to sit back and enjoy a by-the-numbers b-movie, then DARK ASYLUM delivers.--Bob
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on May 19, 2010
Format: DVD
Dark Asylum is *exactly* as advertised- a woman is trapped inside an insane asylum while a huge overweight crazy man continues to hunt her down.

The entire storyline deals with the woman either trying to escape or attempt to stop the lunatic through somewhat elaborate planning strategies.

Of course since the woman is the star of the film, this means the crazy man never actually kills her immediately unlike all the other poor unfortunate people who happen to step in his way.

Will she survive all the danger she encounters? You have to watch it to find out!

Even though the movie is over 10 years old, it has actually dated pretty well. It doesn't look old or anything. Perhaps the acting skills could have been improved somewhat though. It *does* feel low budget at times with unexceptional conversations taking place more often than not between the main characters. Some of the word choices on the part of the main characters is a bit cheesy.

Is this a solid "edge of your seat" thriller? I'd say so, yeah. Perhaps the lunatic could have been even *crazier* which is what I was expecting. He's still pretty nuts though, don't worry!

I recommend this movie to all action fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Dark Asylum (Gregory Gieras, 2001)

Gieras, who was also responsible for the ultimately stupid Centipede! Three years later, makes his most high-profile film to date. And despite having scored the cast of his career by a mile, they're not enough to keep this leaky ship afloat.

Maggie (Her Alibi's Paulina Porizkova, who should have realized she had no future in film a decade and a half ago) is a psychiatrist who works long days, living with her grandmother and raising a daughter on her own. (Why the father is not in the picture is briefly discussed, then dropped when it is revealed to be an obvious red herring.) She gets a call one night to go to an asylum in the process of closing down, where her old acquaintance Conrad (The DaVinci Code's Jurgen Prochnow) is holding a vicious serial killer known as The Trasher (Darkman's Larry Drake) until the FBI can come round to pick him up. Conrad wants to get the Trasher to talk, and get a book deal out of it, since his livelihood, the asylum, is on its way out, and enlists Maggie to help. All well and good, until things go horribly wrong. The only person left that Maggie has to turn to is the janitor, Quintz (brat packer Judd Nelson, whose career basically disappeared after New Jack City).

It may all sound like it could hold a modicum of interest, but, well, it doesn't. While it wouldn't be fair to say Centipede! Is a better film, it's certainly not a worse one, either. A wooden script combines with some truly painful acting, especially on Proizkova's part, to make this one, at best, something you'd have on in the background at a party for people to laugh at. *
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.M. on February 28, 2006
Format: DVD
I bought this movie first, because it claims to be a horror movie and also I love any movie about insane asylums. I've seen much worse movies but this one isn't great by no stretch of the imagination. I must admit that Larry Drake does play the role of a deranged psycho pretty good. He has that psycho look.... bald, evil looking, wearing a straight jacket and all. We find him loose in the asylum with a female psychiatrist trapped there in a maze trying to hide from the psycho! She finds aid in the janitor, played by Judd Nelson ( who is weird himself! ) only to find out he was also an inmate of the looney bin. Not a slasher or gore film. At times, a bit boring, at times not. I'd suggest just Rent it only!!
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