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Sanitarium (2013)

Malcolm McDowell , Lou Diamond Phillips , Bryan Ortiz , Bryan Ramirez  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, David Mazouz, Lacey Chabert
  • Directors: Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama
  • Format: 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
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm loco for Sanitarium! January 8, 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I DID SOMETHING HORRIBLE January 17, 2014
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.

Parental Guidance: No F-bombs. Sex and nudity (Mayra Leal) 2 1/2 stars $9.96 Walmart
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 19, 2014
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Disjointed; nothing to put it together, just psychological breakdowns. I expected more from the script. I had to put it away for a while and actually forgot I was watching it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster film with decent cast January 25, 2014
Sanitarium is an anthology consisting of three stories of patients in an unnamed sanitarium, tied together by the onscreen narration by Malcolm McDowell who plays Dr. Stenson. The first tale features John Glover as a sculptor who is being drugged with hallucinogenics by his assistant in hope of getting him to sell his work. The drugs make Gustav think his clay sculptures are talking to him…and they are telling him to kill.

The second story tells the tale of a young man who was abused by his father as a child and conjures up a monster from his imagination to help him. In the final segment, Lou Diamond Phillips is a professor obsessed with the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse theory. He builds a bunker to survive the disaster but at what turns out to be a terrible cost.

Sanitarium features a solid cast that also includes Robert Englund and Lacey Chabert but the stories are just not that interesting. They are stories that have been told before and offer nothing new. Most disappointing is that the wraparound story with McDowell goes nowhere. He’s simply a doctor relating case histories and the script gives him little to do. The second story clouds the line between schizophrenia and the supernatural and its conclusion is left vague. While there’s certainly performances here to enjoy the entire package is lackluster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Movie January 9, 2014
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking into the Real Horrors of Insanity January 1, 2014
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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1.0 out of 5 stars weird
not worth watching so I shut it off half way through the first segment very boring and weird, not scary
Published 2 days ago by sas
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable but I wanted more
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. Read more
Published 29 days ago by J. Brennan
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The first story was kind of interesting, but the other were definitely was not scary, which was disappointing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanitarium Rocks!
I thoroughly enjoyed it! I got to watch part of this movie being made and was surprised how well done it is. Great movie at a great price.
Published 1 month ago by Brittany LeMaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This movie tells 3 different stories of patients in the sanitarium. Each one unique in their own way with a few twists and turns of each. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ashley Luebke
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good at all
Either I'm crazy or I just don't understand crazy. I only enjoyed the first story of this trilogy. The second made no sense at all and the third was just wack. Read more
Published 3 months ago by shawn
1.0 out of 5 stars pitiful.........................
sad, but true,a waste, total loss of anything remotely worth calling adequate. bad , bleh, eh excruciating...dull, beyond mediocre....horrid in every way
Published 3 months ago by Harry Prevatt
1.0 out of 5 stars The video cover looks scarier than the movie.
I was expecting a real mind blower and instead I was taken for 3.99. Though reminiscent of the Goosebumps days on the Sci channel only more G rated in that there was really no... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Route66Review
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