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Insanitarium (2008)

Jesse Metcalfe , Kevin Sussman , Jeff Buhler  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jesse Metcalfe, Kevin Sussman, Peter Stormare, Kiele Sanchez
  • Directors: Jeff Buhler
  • Writers: Jeff Buhler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English, Portuguese, French, Thai, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Thai, Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWW4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Insanitarium" on IMDb

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Jesse Metcalfe (TV's "Desperate Housewives") stars in this horrifying thriller about a man who cons himself into a mental hospital in order to break out his beloved sister. Once inside, he discovers that a doctor (Peter Stormare, Fargo) is mercilessly using his patients as lab rats and is turning them into bloodthirsty killers. Trapped inside an inescapable labyrinth, will they find a way out before the relentless cannibals hunt them down?

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PASSABLE HORROR FARE August 22, 2008
Format:DVD
Insanitarium has one of the more inane plots you'll ever see in a horror film, which in and of itself is quite an achievement. Jack (Jesse Metcalfe) is trying to see his sister who has been committed to a mental institution. When the hospital refuses to let him see her, Jack decides to get himself committed as well. He cuts his chest with razors and walks onto the streets raving like a lunatic. As if on cue, here come the police and the ambulance that just HAPPEN to take him to the same hospital where his sister is. How's that for luck!

Once inside he meets the head of the hospital, the creepy Dr. Genetti played by Peter Stormare. Has Stormare ever played a part where he wasn't creepy? Jack soon learns that Genetti is conducting experiments on the patients and injecting them with an experimental drug. Jack is determined to find Lily and get her out but when he reveals his ruse to Genetti and his staff, they think he is even more nuts and are not about to let him go.

Jesse soon leans the horrible truth about the experiments. The drug is turning the patients into blood-thirsty maniacs (well, even more maniacal than normal) and he will have to try and find his sister and escape with an entire hospital full of flesh-eating psychos on their tail.

Insanitarium is a rather dumb movie for the first hour or so. This is a rather large hospital and yet you only see one orderly and one nurse, who seem to work 24 hours a day. The orderly has one of the patients sneak out of his room at night to steal pills for him. Umm...wouldn't he have easier access to them, what with having a key card and all? To top that off, he has regular sexual trysts with one of the patients and Jack is able to just sneak around the hospital by walking under the cameras in the corridors.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, but interesting, asylum horror July 12, 2008
Format:DVD
After a young man, Jack (Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives), loses his sister to a mental asylum due to her illness after their parents' death, he turns himself 'crazy' to be able to enter the hospital himself and protect her. However, once he enters, he and his new friend (Kevin Sussman) discover that there is something much more sinister going on. . . the doctor (Peter Stormare) has been using his patients as guinea pigs by turning them into vicious cannibalistic murderers. Now, it's up to Jack to rescue his sister and escape from the Hell that is the asylum.

Asylums & hospitals have always been my favourite settings for horror films above anywhere else. There's something about psychiatric hospitals that can be simply terrifying. Even in real life. The madness within can really get to the sane. So, needless to say, this film had at least a few points going for it before it even started. And, luckily, it wasn't just the idea and the setting that was good: the film wasn't too bad either. Utilizing a few good actors (Metcalfe, Stormare, Kevin Sussman), some very good gore, a hell of a lot of violence, a little bit of a nudity, and a whole lot of crazy people, writer/director Jeff Buhler (Buhler... Buhler... Buhler...) delivers to us an above-average infected horror with enough blood and severed limbs to keep gorehounds satisfied, at least for a short while. The direction was fairly good, although the writing did hurt the film a bit. Between one too many 'action hero' lines ("You're a knock-out!" / "You deserve this!" / etc.), more than a few out-of-place scenes (random 'sex' scene with Peter Stormare?), and a few glaring plot holes, it's quite apparent the script could've used a bit of a shine up before production. But, some awkward writing aside, Insanitarium ends up being an interesting, entertaining, and occasionally scary horror film that is well worth checking out.

Final verdict: 5.5/10.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW................ August 16, 2008
By E.A
Format:DVD
This movie is SOO gory! And a little disturbing. (I.E. Cat scene). The acting was good. It moved a little slow in the begining then sped up and let gallons of blood fly. Entertaining movie. Worth a rent or cheap buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insanitarium - DVD May 9, 2014
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Product arrived on time and in great condition. Have not had a chance to view this DVD yet so I cannot make an accurate review of the content of this DVD or how well it plays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Gore April 12, 2014
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You are going to have to wait about a half hour before the movie gets going. It will be slow until then. But after that, you'll get some pretty good gore, including a nice dose of cannibalism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gory Story! 5 Star Horror Film March 12, 2014
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A story well told from beginning to end. Hope nothing like this ever occurs in real life. In this genre, it's one of the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror September 1, 2013
By Mike
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Wow this movie is insanity awesome wont be disappointed in this musthave for Horror fan I even enjoy the sound quality to the theme music throu out the movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanitarium
The film follows a man, Jack (Jesse Metcalfe), faking insanity in order to save his sister, Lily (Kiele Sanchez), who has been involuntarily institutionalized. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Erick Carlos Jayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannabilism, experiments, and loyalty!
I loved this movie. It does not disappoint, all the blood, gore, insane doctors, and mental patients who stay loyal even through being eaten. A must for any horror fan!
Published on August 12, 2011 by Crystal M. Vassil
4.0 out of 5 stars drags in the beginning, but finishes in a murderous flesh eating...
Insanitarium (2008) is a very gory medical horror thriller that probably deserves more attention from horror fans. Read more
Published on July 8, 2011 by trebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home, Instanitarium!
Insanitarium is a complex tale of a brother's love for his sister and his devotion to protecting her from whatever harm may befall her in this world. Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Thad Phallinger
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU'RE NEVER GETTING OUT!!
I admit it. I came into watching INSANITARIUM, expecting precious little. But I have to say, INSANITARIUM is awesome!! It delivers on so many different levels as a horror film. Read more
Published on October 1, 2010 by Deidra Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy s**t the nuters have taken over the nuthouse and they are hungry
Before I saw this film, I had no idea what this film would be like but this film has turned out to be a fun fast and gory film, not a bad way to spend an 1hr and 25mins of your... Read more
Published on December 18, 2008 by Mr. P. Burt
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