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Sanitarium

3.2 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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SANITARIUM is an anthology that consists of three tales based on particular patients of a mental institution. Each tale begins with Dr. Stenson (Malcolm McDowell), the primary physician at the Sanitarium, commenting on the recent arrival of a new patient. As Dr. Stenson speaks, the individual’s story begins. SANITARIUM explores the different narratives of the insane patients – tales which led to their crazed states of minds. Starring Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, David Mazouz, Lacey Chabert, Chris Mulkey and Robert Englund.

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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, David Mazouz, Lacey Chabert
  • Directors: Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F3OLVHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ah, the anthology! Sadly, it’s missing from all of the networks these days, especially as it was designed in its classic format. Great guest stars. Separate stories to air each week. Impressive direction and top-notch storytelling. All of that and much, much more. In fact, is it any wonder that the ultimate anthology program for the ages – Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE – still to this day ranks as one of the best-produced television programs ever? No doubt you’d be amazed as I have been in going back recently to watch some of those hours and half-hours. Don’t trouble yourself with the various re-imaginings and reboots that have taken place throughout the years; go back and watch the original. If you do, then you’ll maybe see what a little gem like SANITARIUM is a missed opportunity. I suspect (as I’ll detail below) that the driving force behind it was a similar venue – this one focusing on the mentally ill – and that could’ve been a wild ride, indeed.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or character. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

SANITARIUM is an anthology picture that combines three stories, all set against the backdrop of a rather creepy sanitarium. The first story involves a famous artist (played by John Glover) who’s struggling with a kind of agoraphobia-like condition; yet when he starts hearing voices coming from his art sculptures he’s tempted to do some very wicked things.
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I really enjoyed this anthology. The little kid in the first part was so sad and creepy... And the dolls in the second one? Holy crap... Lou Diamond Phillips was *amazing* in the third episode. He's making a long overdue comeback! And Malcom MacDowell is the perfect host, playing the head doctor of the mental institution where the stars of our stories reside.

This is one badass psychological thriller! Actually, it's three! And I hope they make more!
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This is a collection of three stories done "Creepshow" style with Malcolm McDowell as the narrator.

The first episode involves an artist with a creepy doll menagerie. It had the right length and a good "Creepshow" style twist to it. Unfortunately the other two tales didn't met the quality of the first one. The second tale involve an introverted boy who is followed around by a demon...he is also being molested by his father, a theme that has been beat to death recently in the horror genre.

The third episode has Lou Diamond Phillips as a professor who is obsessed with the end of the world and the Mayan calender as he believes aliens are about to return so he builds a shelter in his back yard.

Things went down hill real fast after the first episode. Might do as a Redbox rental.

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Just not what i was expecting. It was OK.
The movie was clear to view. Just slow, low action.
I didn't want blood, but a little more action.
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With a cast featuring Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Englund and Lacey Chabert, I was hoping for a bit more than what I got with Sanitarium. The first story is creepy enough and probably the best. The second, which features the always lovely Ms. Chabert, is unfortunately not terribly scary. The final, a virtual one-man show for Lou Diamond Phillips, is worth watching for his acting, but doesn't really pay off in the end. None of the three stories is bad, but each one could have been a lot better.
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I loved how they put this movie together! My husband isnt a "Horror Film Fanatic" like I am; and hates that I pick out scary movies EVERy Movie Night! lol but when I played this,.. he actually sat there and enjoyed it with me :) Very good movie!
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Sanitarium was a movie I was pretty hyped for. Mostly because I can easily get hyped. I've enjoyed a number of the anthology films that have been springing up the past couple of years (V/H/S, V/H/S 2, ABC's of Death, Chillerama) because even there are a few clunkers, there are always a good amount that grab my attention with awesome stories, satisfying gore, and everything a fun horror movie usually has. So an anthology film with Malcolm McDowell's name plastered on it would of course get a day one buy for me.

Now if your expecting a horror movie where it all lays in the actual sanitarium/asylum with a bunch of scares, gore, and sleaziness, this is not your film (trust me cause that's what I was kind of hoping for too). What I got instead was something I haven't had a lot in modern horror films. To be honest, I don't know if I should call it a horror film (even though the DVD cover implies it to be). This film falls more into the psychological thriller category for me.

It contains three "origin" stories of how three very different people ended up in the sanitarium that the character McDowell resides in.

The first story is about an artist who, on the brink of success, begins to hear his own creation talk to him, convincing him, his friends are out to destroy his creations who he loves very much. It was a good start and I enjoyed the ending.

The second story involves a very shy child who begins to see a man in black follow him around while he struggles to cope with his abusive father, all while his teacher begins to suspect of the crimes being committed as the child's home. A story that comes up with a very ambiguous ending. Very well done as well.
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