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Paranormal Asylum

3.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Mary Malone (aka Typhoid Mary) was committed to a NY insane asylum to live in solitary after being blamed for spreading Typhoid Fever in the early 20th Century. After decades in isolation she died alone on North Brother Island. Now, nearly 100 years later, two best friends and aspiring filmmakers are setting out to find out what really happened. What starts as a simple investigation turns into a battle for survival, as they discover Mary may be dead, but she s certainly not gone.

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Bright
  • Directors: Nimrod Zalmanowitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Naedomi
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DIR2OHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Mark (Aaron Mathias) and Andy (Nathan Spiteri) decide to investigate a ghost named Typhoid Mary who was once a patient at a mental hospital. They appear to be conducting paranormal investigation, but also a documentary. Andy's girlfriend Michelle (Laura Gilreath) invites herself into the investigation.

The film is NOT a found footage film as most of the movie is professionally done. The first ghost appears 6 minutes into the film and there is no lack of apparitions. The acting of the three main characters was decent, but when you get past that it falls off a cliff with Grace Evans being a laugh.

The plot develops complexity with an ending that could have used a little more developing.

Worth a rental if you are at a lost for a horror film.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, near sex. No nudity. Laura Gilreath in bra/panties.
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This movie has its fair share of flaws and issues like quick editing jumping the viewer to the next scene with little understanding of what just happened previously. A couple scenes later they'll try to patch up the confusion but it really just leads to more questions till after awhile (when the ghost backs the car out of the driveway) I just started laughing because PARANORMAL ASYLUM can't be taken seriously. That said, I experienced chills (could be Shingles) and genuine fright during the film. 9 out of 10 times when the camera pans around, you're probably going to see a ghost or more accurately a WRAITH, which as we all know has an actual physical body attached to the spiritual presence.

Mark & Andy are buddies attempting to 'illegally' make a documentary about the roots and legacy of Typhoid Mary and this lonely island asylum's involvement in Mary's mysterious final years. So,that's why they never contact police or medical professionals, although Mark & Andy at one point pretend to be medical professionals. Andy's girlfriend Michelle is also involved because her mother was a psychic who used to communicate with the dead "until one day mother just stopped and never said why". Surprise surprise Michelle sneaks off alone under the cover of night to hold a private seance with the deceased Mrs. Mary Malone who of course finds refuge in Michelle's body. Does Michelle's demon get exercised? you'll have to watch to find out. I enjoyed the work of all actors involved and plan on purchasing this film immediately regardless of price because even with all the weird shadows and fuzzy backgrounds, I feel like I'm watching a Cult Favorite debut to the world. It's not perfect but it's good enough for me.

I'd like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to the filmmakers involved and their decision to include "Very Descriptive" ENGLISH SUBTITLES. That's QUALITY.
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Better than most of the "we found this video" pseudo real life Blair Witch wannbees. An engaging cast and just enough on-location intrigue to keep me watching. Definite flaws, like when one of the leads in in the basement and another character says, "I'm going downstairs."

Nice framing of shots, BTW.

But better than others out there.
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First sign this movie is going to be terrible... two guys go out to an old ruined home in the woods, one guy sees an old lady, the first guy says, why are you freaking out about old ladies? Second guy doesn't point out the fact that she doesn't exist? lol... The writing is just that bad... and that's the very first scene, so I have my trusty popcorn and my kitty cat, but it looks like this one is going to be really bad.

I love horror films, paranormal films that take place in an asylum so I gave it a shot, I don't mind independent movies, amateur actors, if the story is really good.

I was interested in the story being told here, but the problems are many.

The script is not very well written, the scenes are poorly utilized, such as when a guy goes to see archives, he doesn't seem to find anything and the whole scene comes off as worthless, adding no depth or tension or reason to the film.

Something begins to happen but then just cuts and it's over and no one's that impressed or surprised, which makes no sense.

Poorly written characters throughout.

No one has any chemistry, the friendship, the girlfriend? No one has any believable connection or emotion to the relationships they're supposed to be portraying... Laura Gilreath and Aaron Mathias do an alright job with the maddeningly bad script and direction.

I love when the half brother is giving Andy s*** about borrowing his boat, and then when we finally see the boat it's a pretty cheap boat with cheap plastic back yard chairs tied together.

There's some decent story twists that I enjoyed, such as Mary finding him and getting taken back to the hospital and Aaron pursuing, showing you the movie really could have been better if they had just kept the story more human and not tried to be so "smart" with the dialog that really hurt the film.

2/10
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I really enjoyed Paranormal Asylum. It was well shot, and it scared the holy heck out of my girlfriend. I gave the DVD to my buddy at work, who also liked this movie. The horror genre is hot right now. And this one added an interesting twist -- one of the plot lines was historical fiction -- which I thought was really cool.
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