Asylum (2008 film)
|Directed by||David R. Ellis|
|Produced by||Ashok Amritraj|
|Written by||Ethan Lawrence|
|Music by||David Hamilton|
|Editing by||Howard E. Smith|
|Release dates||July 15, 2008|
Asylum is a horror film from 20th Century Fox released on DVD in 2008. David R. Ellis, of Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, directed. Parts of the movie were filmed on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. The film stars Sarah Roemer.
A college student discovers her dorm was once a notorious asylum. According to Winthrop's campus newspaper, The Johnsonian, a group of college freshmen with troubled pasts and nightmares are at Richard Miller University for orientation a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They stumble into an old restricted area and awaken the spirit of a mad doctor, who then proceeds to torture and torment the students in the same way he tortured the patients in 1939 at Burke Asylum. During the film, first String is killed, then Maya, followed by Tommy, Mackey, and Ivy. All are killed by the Doctor. In the end The Doctor chases Madison and Holt through a tunnel, an abandoned factory, and the woods until Madison kills him by stabbing him in the head, causing him to lose all his power and the souls that he has taken. The movie ends with Madison and Holt walking out of the forest finally being able to have closure with their pasts.
- Sarah Roemer as Madison
- Carolina Garcia as Maya
- Ellen Hollman as Ivy
- Randall Sims as Rez
- Travis Van Winkle as Tommy
- Jake Muxworthy as Holt
- Cody Kasch as String
- Lin Shaye as String's Mother
- Mark Rolston as The Doctor
- Joe Inscoe as Mackey
- Ben Daniele as Brandon
- Caroline Kent as "young Madison"
- Brantley Pollock as "young Brandon"
- Crystal McLaurin-Coney as College Ambassador
University set changes
- Main Winthrop University name changed to Richard Miller University at entrance to campus.
- Tillman Hall changed to Tagert Hall.
- Tillman Hall changed to Burke Asylum, Public Institute for the Young for flashbacks.
- Winthrop Police car decals were covered with "Richard Miller University" decals.
- However, they kept Winthrop's colors - garnet and gold.
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The film was not received well by critics. A review in The Herald of Rock Hill, where much of the movie was filmed, called the film "unoriginal, tiresome and unintentionally funny."
"There's no intelligence shown in the script for 'Asylum,' no original ideas and nothing to separate this film from dozens of others that've come and gone since Wes Craven's clever 'Scream' reinvigorated the genre more than a decade ago," the review continued. The paper gave the film a D−.