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(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.Read more ›
This is one badass psychological thriller! Actually, it's three! And I hope they make more!
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.
Parental Guidance: No F-bombs. Sex and nudity (Mayra Leal) 2 1/2 stars $9.96 Walmart
The movie was clear to view. Just slow, low action.
I didn't want blood, but a little more action.
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.Read more ›
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Love Malcolm McDowell but I couldn't even finish this one.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
That's about all I could muster for this ho-hum movie----> Meh. It wasn't awful, but it wasntanything near enjoyable either. It was just kind of there. Read morePublished 13 months ago by xDissidentx
this movie was ok I thought it needed more gore and action but that's just me . Make your own opinion on it.Published 13 months ago by Starrdust
Typical B grade horror movie. Starts with a doctor in a mental hospital remembering his worst cases. The movie is basically 3 or 4 shorts stories. Read morePublished 13 months ago by AllenL1971
Lou Diamond Phillips did a great job and that's why I bought the tape.Published 17 months ago by virginia lois walker