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Insanitarium

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWW4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Insanitarium" on IMDb

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By Navy Sailor VINE VOICE on 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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This is a good movie i decided to pick up on a whim when i saw it was a sanitarium movie,i like horror movies or psychological thrillers or sanitarium/psyche ward movies. The movie starts with a guy trying to get his sister out of a hospital after she tried to commit suicide. He gets himself locked up by cutting himslf open & running around exposed in the park til' he is picked up and sent to this particular hospital. Once inside he soon realizes strange behavior among almost every inmate,he finds his sister & he tries too free her from the hospital before the Dr. has his way with her. The dr has his own view of how to treat patients with this all new drug he has created,his plan is to electro-shock everyone in the hospital frying their brains. Then he feeds them this medicine he created causing the patients too get white eyes and a ferocious attitude. They are driven by a lust for blood like an addict for a spoon & it drives them to tear each other apart,all this madness ensues after the dr has an electrical shortage causing the patients too get loose. So the brother fights to survive to get to his sister & get them both out alive before the crazy doctor gets to them and/or the crazy mental patients all hopped up on this medecine that pretty much turns them into zomboes,not mindless & slow but they can talk like a human & still are ferocious. This was a pleasant surprise to me as to what the story may be,and the story was a suprise to me. The film really is different style on a hospital horror film but i liked it. I would recommend you check it out if you want a crazy psyche ward film & then enjoy the bloodshed and craziness that is Insanitarium.
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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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