5 Friends Binge-Watch the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise and Record It

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:50

Jake Jarvi e-mailed me this morning about a Friday the 13th marathon that he caught on camera. Jarvi and 5 friends binged the entire F13 franchise and shared it through time-lapse.

“It took me just over 20 hours, but some friends and I watched and reviewed all 12 FRIDAY THE 13TH/Jason movies in one time-lapsed viewing session,” he explains.

“I’m just a big horror fan and I like watching people react to the kinds of movies I like. I thought I’d send this your way in case you and your audience feel the same. I think the horror genre is the only one where marathon time-lapse videos like this stay entertaining throughout. This is the third in our annual Halloween season NIGHTMARATHON videos. The last two were for NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and the HALLOWEEN series.”

Watch it below and click over for the aforementioned two.

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‘June’ Trailer Battles the Possessed (AFM)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:45

Here’s the AFM sales trailer for L Gustavo Cooper’s June, his ‘coming-of-rage’ story June with Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”) in the title role as a young girl dealing with a demonic presence.

A horror story about an innocent 9-year-old orphan girl who shares her body with Aer, an ancient supernatural being whose mission is to destroy mankind to allow nature to prevail on earth. June must battle with Aer to save the family she has grown to love.

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Victoria Pratt, Eddie Jemison, Addy Miller, Theodora Greece and Lance Nichols also star.

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Alex Aja Begins Filming ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:41

This morning we told you about a future Alex Aja project, Wedding Gown. Now, Miramax is revealing the cast to his next genre outing.

Miramax, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Last House On the Left, Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).

“‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor Allan Pascal (Dornan) finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work. With echoes of ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’ is a supernatural thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.”

Joining Dornan, Paul and Gadon in supporting roles are Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chef, Frost/Nixon) playing Louis Drax’s psychologist, Dr. Perez; Molly Parker (House of Cards, The Road) as Detective Dalton; Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, Falling Down) who will play Violet, Louis’ grandmother; and Aiden Longworth (Hector and the Search for Happiness, A Christmas Story 2) in the title role of Louis Drax.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax is being directed by Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha, High Tension).

The feature screenplay, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, was written by Max Minghella. Producers are Tim Bricknell (Breaking and Entering, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) and Minghella (The Two Faces of January) of AntColony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures and Aja. Rosanne Korenberg (Half Nelson, Hard Candy) is executive producer.

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Top 10 Non-CGI Horror Movies From Figure

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:00

Horror-infused EDM artist Figure is currently on the road on his ‘Terrorvision’ tour, which melds live music performance with a visual backdrop of horror, shock, and obscure cinema. The tour is in support of his latest album, Monsters: Vol. 5, which you can purchase via iTunes.

The next stop on the tour is Peabody’s in Virginia Beach, VA and the tour culminates with a performance at the Republic Live in Austin, TX.

To celebrate this bevy of horror goodness, Figure put together a list of his Top 10 Non-CGI Horror Films!

Figure states:

This is as of this moment… A sort of top 10 of my favorite Non-CGI movies and characters. Not really a “best of” but what I think is awesome and entertaining. It’s so hard to just name ten but not only are these some of my faves most the movies are my go-to comfort movies.

On top of this list, Figure also put together a 30-minute mixtape that he dubs “Tunes For Terror (An Extravaganza Of Horror And Rock & Roll)”. Head on in for everything but be warned, this gets a little NSFW!

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Opening 6 Minutes of ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Is Hilarious!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:44

In Uk cinemas November 21, Metrodome released the hysterical opening 6 minutes from What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).

The footage, played as a documentary, opens with Viago waking up in his coffin. He checks to make sure the sun isn’t out and then runs to wake up his vamp chums, one of which is hanging around, the other in the middle of an orgy.

Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.”

The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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5 Games You Should Play This Halloween!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:00

With All Hallows Eve less than a week away, this is the perfect time to get caught up on any horror games you haven’t finished before more get added to the list. 2014 has been an especially good year to be a fan of horror games, so it’d be understandable if you’ve missed a few. Heck, it’s my job to play horror games, and even I missed a couple games. We’ve reached a point where it’s genuinely difficult keeping up with the latest and greatest games in our favorite genre.

To make catching up a slightly less daunting task, I’ve come up with five games — released this year — that are fitting of the Halloween season. I hope you’ll let this list gently guide you toward creating the ultimate Halloween game playlist.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

What I enjoyed the most about Five Nights at Freddy’s, aside from its deeply unnerving premise, is how refreshing its design is. There isn’t another horror game that’s quite like it. It’s a life-saving buoy floating in a sea of first person horror games. Don’t get me wrong, I love games like Outlast and Amnesia, but it’s nice to see developers experimenting a bit in this genre.

Five Nights prays on an primitive fear of animatronic creations, which I assume most sane human beings are born with. The dead-eyed band of robotic woodland creatures that occupy the stage of any Chuck E. Cheese’s is something I learned to fear early on, and it’s a phobia this innovative indie game exploits brilliantly.

In related news, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is happening.

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Poison Ivory “Alchemy” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Los Angeles artist Poison Ivory to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Alchemy”! The video is a strange, disjointed journey with eerie images and haunting, beautiful costumes.

The artist, who blends rock, pop, punk, and hip-hop, is promoting The Filth EP (iTunes), which came out earlier this year.

Head below for the video and an exclusive quote!

While we were filming the first scene of “Alchemy”, we were in a forest and it was real late. Less then a 100 ft away we could hear a pack of coyotes howling so we took off running. I had laced up 6 inch heels on so I tried to take them off as fast as possible. I ended up running down a wet hill barefoot. I was with Zae Bear, the director, and Sebastion, the assistant director. We were terrified, although me and Zae were laughing as we ran because we were so terrified we were excited. Sebastion looked like he was gonna swing the camera equipment at anything, hahaha! I don’t blame him!

Another story is we were filming the ending scene at the beach and as Zae was filming me come out of the water with latex on my naked body I spotted a man with binoculars at the top of a cliff. He was watching me the whole time and as soon as I pointed at him he left. It was creepy, haha.

Poison Ivory online:
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Uh, Director Adam Rifkin Heading to ‘Killcast’ Audition?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:16

The mysterious “Killcast” is set to go live in just a few hours and I was just e-mailed by the killer clown, Merrick, that he plans on taking advantage of Adam Rifkin, the filmmaker behind Detroit Rock City and “Wadzilla,” Chillermama‘s awesome giant sperm short.

Rifkin had just tweeted the following, which was followed by the below letter from Merrick alerting me to his plans. I’m beginning Bloody Disgusting readers to stop Rifkin from walking into a trap!

So who is Merrick and what is Killcast? Watch the official website for clues and the launch in just hours. Also keep altered to the Facebook and Twitter accounts, @killcast and @callmemerrick.

Up early 4 my @killcast meeting. Don't worry ppl, I'm sure the whole creepy/mystery thing is all part of the Halloween spirit #KILLCAST

— Adam Rifkin (@AdamRifkin) October 27, 2014

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‘Knock, Knock’: “Fun Size Horror” Delivers a New Treat Each Day Up Until Halloween!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:01

Mixing in with our bag of Halloween Treats is a daily goodie set to release each day leading up until Halloween.

“Fun Size Horror” is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween!

We kick things off first this morning with Anthony Lund’s short ‘Knock, Knock…’ that begins when he hears a loud knocking from inside his closet, a young boy finds the courage to investigate.

On a dark, rainy night, Small-fry 8-year-old Aidan is up late reading stories about his favorite thing in the whole world: brave viking warriors. Suddenly, he hears a strange knocking…. from inside his closet. Channeling the Norse heroes he worships, Aidan armors himself with his prize helmet and sword, and approaches his unseen foe. Unfortunately for him, plastic weapons will do nothing against what’s hunting him from the darkness: a creature who can tunnel through the shadows.

“Fun Size Horror” was created by Zeke Pinheiro and is being produced by Mali Elfman, Michael May and Curtis Andersen.

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Uncork’d Entertainment Announces ‘ Kingdom Come’ For Home Video

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:39

From filmmaker Greg A.Sager (Devil Seed), comes Kingdom Come, hitting DVD and Digital December 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

A group of strangers wake up disoriented and soon find themselves being stalked by a supernatural force with sinister intentions. As they begin to question the coincidences that link their pasts, they soon realize that the decisions they make will seal their fates forever.

Here’s the art and first still.

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Alex Aja Faces Evil In ‘Wedding Gown’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:33

Sanity is a state of mind.,

Bloody Disgusting has learned ahead of the American Film Market that horror vet Alexandre Aja (Horns, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension, Mirrors) is currently in pre-production on a new psychological thriller that he co-penned with Maxime Giffard and The Woman In Black‘s Jon Crocker.

Wedding Gown, from Aja’s Alexandre Films, is described to us as a cruel fable about vengeance and manipulation in a world where we watch face our own personal evil.

Here’s the synopsis sent to us from our insider: “A child on the verge of tears. A woman’s hand, impatient, brutal. Sophie: The babysitter. Now the child lays dead. Did she kill him? A woman who’s losing her mind, her life spinning out of control, is followed by death wherever she goes. Only a year ago she was a fulfilled woman, a sharp art analyst, and a happy wife surrounded by a loving circle of family and friends. So how did she come to this? What sort of madness overtook her? Or was it manipulation? In search of a new identity to escape a string of deaths, Sophie is followed by an enigmatic man- Peter. This mysterious person seems to know a great deal about her. Way too much, in fact…

Wedding Gown is based on the book by critically acclaimed writer Pierre Lemaitre.

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Next On “The Walking Dead” Episode 504, ‘Slabtown’ (Opening Scene and Promo)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:25

The third episode of AMC’s >”The Walking Dead” ended with a duel shocker (read our review here) that sets up this opening scene from Episode 504, ‘Slabdown.’

In this teaser clip, Beth finds herself in a hospital in the middle of Atlanta after being kidnapped by a group of mysterious police officers.

Below we’ve added said clip, as well as the promo for next week’s continuation.

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[Podcast] Whatever – October 27th, 2014 – “Halloween”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:17

It’s Halloween week! Don and Justin’s favorite holiday. This week, they discuss everything from the new movie John Wick and new game “Lords of the Fallen,” to The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and one of the greatest horror films of all time, Halloween.

As always, you can find us on iTunesSoundCloud, or YouTube.

Leave a comment below, head to our Facebook page, or hit us up on Twitter, and let us know your thoughts!

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[Book Review] ‘Pumpkin Cinema’ Is The Only Guide You Need This Halloween

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:13

As horror fans most of us watch horror movies all year round; I even have specific ones for Christmas, Easter and other non-horror holidays. But there is a difference between the horror movie and the “Halloween season” horror movie. They have a different tone to them and are often littered with Halloween imagery and traditions.

Pumpkin Cinema is  the best guide you can find for these exact kind of films. The author, Nathan Tolle, is not only a big fan of horror but clearly Tolle’s heart is filled with the Halloween spirit. The guide features movies, TV specials and several pages of Top 5 lists in case you are looking for something more specific. Each movie and TV special comes with a brief review and often a fun anecdote from Tolle’s life to give you an insight on his love for the holiday.

The best feature of this book is Tolle’s ability to write in a way that makes it seem like you are actually there hanging out with him and chatting about these movies. The movies in question are all pretty spot on, even if I haven’t heard of some. Fans may be disappointed not to see more hardcore titles listed but as Tolle states, this is for fun! Nobody wants to end their night covered in chocolate and tears watching Martyrs. Pumpkin Cinema is the most relevant and concise reference book in the genre to date, it’s littered with classics and overlooked gems. You’re sure to find something to dig up this Halloween!

Order your copy here!

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[TV Review] “The Walking Dead”: Episode 5.03, ‘Four Walls And A Roof’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:30

Three weeks into its fifth season The Walking Dead came back doing what it does best; “Four Walls And A Roof” ratchets the tension up to 10, delivers forward momentum, and characterization.

A Review By Clark Thompson

The extreme strength of this episode began with the opening scene, which saw Bob letting his captors in on the secret ingredient his body was harboring. Hearing him scream the words ‘tainted meat’ was every bit as horrifying to hear as I’d imagined it being when Dale did so in the comics. His performance here was fantastic, making it all the more difficult to see Lawrence Gilliard Jr. leave the show with his character’s passing. And just when I was starting to legitimately enjoy him. Figures. 

This episode was filled with great performances, with even the good father Gabriel being more than redeemed by some brilliantly acted scenes. The moment he let the group in on his past transgressions was palpable. Turns out locking your congregation out of their sanctuary while listening to them damn your name as they’re torn apart can really shake a guy up.

It was clear that the confrontation between Rick and Gareth was impending, after the pacing of last week’s episode it seemed a remote possibility that it would even be half resolved by the end of this week. Yet, here we are just one episode later and it’s all said and done. A decision I applaud them for, as it made for an extremely natural feeling progression unhindered by arbitrary stalling.

Every scene was so drenched with tension and uncertainty, it ended up feeling longer to me than it actually was. From not knowing where their missing people were, to finding a one legged Bob in front of the church, to the giant ‘A’ representing the group’s Terminus train car prison symbolically painted on the church’s outer wall; the mounting terror was relentless. 

Throw in a power struggle between Rick and Abraham while trying to formulate an action plan, and this was just about as The Walking Dead as it gets. And while the aforementioned near throw-down was effective, it was one of the beats in the episode that did end up feeling a tad unnatural. I feel like if the show wanted to introduce Abraham when it did, the writers should’ve committed to having him sufficiently developed by this point in the story, or at the very least have some bond forming moments with the main members of our crew. Yet, the very nature of the situation, with all the characters being separated, made that impossible.

There was an inkling of budding bromance in the apology scribbled on the map Abe gives Rick in the end, I couldn’t help but find it falling a little flat, as the show has given me absolutely no reason whatsoever to care about anything this guy wants to do. Like when he was toasting the ‘survivors’ last episode, his place in the group wasn’t such that he had any business addressing the group the way he did. I’m thrilled that it seems they’re finally ready to play their Abraham card, albeit at a time when he’s once again been separated from the group, I just wish he and his ilk hadn’t spent so much time doing absolutely nothing. 

Getting back to episode’s big encounter, I’ve always admired this show for being as unpredictable as it is, yet dedicated enough to accurately representing its characters that it’s entirely possible to guess an outcome based on nothing more than how well you know any one member of the group. In this case I’m talking about Rick.

Jumping back to the season three finale, I think I must’ve been one of the few individuals that wasn’t surprised by the lack of a full scale battle between our survivors and the men and women led by the Governor. I knew this because I knew Rick had to know it was an impossible situation. I also knew he’d have a plan. I was right on both counts. This time I knew Rick was way to smart to actually believe he was going to get the jump on pursuers that watched him so closely. Well, at least not the way we thought he would. And once again I was right.

Don’t get me wrong, the tension was still there when Gareth and the rest of his degenerates were staking their claim on the souls left in the church, but Rick’s not that easily duped. I think most people would’ve seen this coming, but to the credit of the episode’s direction, it did little to provide relief until the moment we knew for a fact the termites had indeed been bested.

Now herein lies what would have to be my only other slightly negative criticism of the episode. While Rick’s brutal display of vengeance on Gareth’s group serves much the same purpose as it did in the comics, illustrating a further slip from the moral ideals Rick has been trying so desperately to maintain, I didn’t think they went far enough.

Yes, it was brutal. Yes, it was effective. But nothing could compare to the situation that unfolded in the source material at this point in the story. There’s no question of which one was more impactful, as we’ve all seen Rick and his friends slice, dice and bash human skulls in the past. What we haven’t seen was out and out psychological torture before the brutal act, which is more akin to what Rick thought fitting for his enemies in the original books. Not to mention the symbolic burning of the bodies afterward. I would imagine however, that for someone new to The Walking Dead, the route they went with here would’ve been more than adequate to drive the point home.

On a side note, Tyreese seems to have  put his aversion to violence against the living to rest with the killing (even though he was already dead) of Bob, which is nice. He’s been pretty useless lately, and it was a huge slap in the face to see he actually let that scumbag from the premiere live. 

Also, has anyone else had it with the group constantly being split up? I know Rick and friends had to wait for Darryl and Carol, but did the rest have to take off so quickly? And with Glen and Maggie no less. An interesting, yet equally frustrating choice, especially when we just got everyone back together for the first time since the prison two episodes ago. Damn. 

Separation issues aside, this was an extremely enjoyable and well constructed episode, which in turn lent some much needed credibility to last weeks perceived flop. Funny how later episodes can lend substance to previous chapters that at the time felt a little empty. Happens all the time with this show. 

The big question on my mind now is, why was Carol hiding back when Darryl approached the church? Am I reading something into nothing, or is something going on here? Well, I think we can look forward to some Beth screen time next week. Let’s hope it pays off.

What did you think of “Four Walls and A Roof?” Did we get rid of the Termites to quickly? Anyone else not feel sold by Abraham’s conflict?

Next week we’ve got “Slabtown”

 

Clark Thompson is a 31-year-old horror fanatic currently residing in Kelowna B.C. His main goals in life are to one day experience a zombie apocolypse,and/or undergo surgery to have his heart mounted on the exterior of his chest. You can reach him at clarkthomspon@yahoo.ca or on facebook Clorkwork Torange.

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[13 Days of Horror] ‘F.E.A.R. 3′

bloody disgusting - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:58

The weekend is over, but don’t let that bum you out. Just remember that Halloween is waiting for all of us, and the final obstacle that stands between us and the spookiest day of the year is one more work week. David joins me again for tonight’s episode, where we play the awesome Contractions mode in F.E.A.R. 3. The game might not be as scary as we’d hoped it would be, but I think its multiplayer offering is good enough to go a long way in making up for that.

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‘Slender: The Arrival’ Coming to PS4, Xbox One

bloody disgusting - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:46

In video games, Slender Man is an entity that cannot be stopped, and it seems that trait extends to the real world, too. A recent rating from PEGI, Europe’s video games rating board, has leaked the news that Slender: The Arrival is headed to PS4 and Xbox One a bit early, but seeing as it’s already available everywhere else, it was really just a matter of time before the game made the jump to current-gen.

PEGI gave it a 12 rating for “images or sounds [that are] likely to be horrifying” to anyone aged 11 and younger. Slender Man will have to stop scaring the bejesus out of us if he ever wants to break into the kiddie market.

By the way, more 13 Days of Horror videos can be found right here.

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Support Clive Barker And Get A Signed Tool Poster

bloody disgusting - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:44

If you didn’t know, horror wizard Clive Barker is currently running a Kickstarter for his art book Imaginer: The Art Of Clive Barker. The campaign, which has already surpassed its goal by well over 300%, has added new stretch goals in the form of autographed Tool posters, which were designed by guitarist Adam Jones.

Only one of two posters remains and is at a stretch goal of $1,800. The poster is for the band’s May 4th performance at the Allophones Arena in Sydney, AU.

Barker states the book, which carries art from over the past 50 years, is, “…finest book to ever carry my name.” You can support the Kickstarter campaign here.

Marilyn Manson Releases New Track For Free Download

bloody disgusting - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 17:26

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has released a brand new track entitled “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” and you can download the track for free via his official website.

The song has an almost Nick Cave feel to it, using claps to accentuate the percussion and Southern Rock guitar tones.

Manson’s last album was 2012′s Born Villain. He also released a new track in the form of “Cupid Carries A Gun”, which is the theme song to the television show Salem. That track was composed alongside producer Tyler Bates. Manson also released a new song “Killing Strangers” in the new Keanu Reeves film John Wick.

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[Review] Atmospheric ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Is a So-So Period Thriller

bloody disgusting - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 15:04

Stonehearst Asylum takes place at a turn of the century looney bin, where everybody seems to be off their rocker – especially the ones running the show. It’s the latest film from Brad Anderson, a talented guy who’s shown skill in the past handling deeply atmospheric thrillers like Session 9 and Transsiberian. Here his hand is surprisingly uneven as the film teeters between campy melodrama and dark chiller without ever really settling in to a singular tone. Not helping is the fact that writer Joseph Gangemu loosely adapts Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether,” padding it out to its bursting point, making a two hour movie feel like four.

Jim Sturgess (Heartless) plays Edward Newgate, a recently graduated doctor who takes an assistant position at a secluded nuthouse, nestled in the foggy bosom of the English countryside. The superintendent of the asylum is Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley at his most stately), who lords over the patients with a seemingly gentle touch – allowing them to roam freely about the grounds, even dining with them. The patients themselves are a special lot. Most of them come from well-to-do families and have been committed for “maladies” like homosexuality and epilepsy.

One patient in particular grabs Newgate’s attention: Eliza Graves (Kate Beckingsale), a proper Victorian woman whose husband had her taken away to the funny farm to quell her sinful desires. Newgate’s first hint that something is amiss at Stonehearst comes the first night, when Eliza warns him to flee before Silas can spot him slipping away. He dismisses her warnings (she is crazy after all, right?) and as Newgate digs further into the secrets of the asylum, he uncovers a conspiracy that involves Michael Caine locked up in the basement – never a good sign.

But even Michael Caine can’t seem to figure out what kind of movie he’s in. The usually spot-on actor gives a stifled performance, as does nearly everyone else except Kingsley, who maintains a menacing persona throughout. Regardless of his great work in the film, it’s this see-sawing between melodrama and chiller that makes Stonehearst Asylum feel like a schizo film unsure what it’s trying to be. The atmosphere is fantastic, no doubt about that. It’s established early on and Anderson does a great job preserving it, but hot damn the story drags like a donkey with Lou Ferrigno on its back. Newgate uncovers the asylum’s dirty secret fairly early on, but the ball doesn’t really get rolling for a at least another 30 minutes. It’s not even padded out with anything particularly interesting. I’m all for a slow-burn as long as the fuse is burning along a compelling plotline.

I really like Brad Anderson’s films (hell, I even dug The Call), so Stonehearst Asylum is a painful disappointment. It could’ve benefited from some tighter editing and a stronger focus on tone. The performances are solid enough to give the movie a one-view pass, but ultimately it’s a forgettable film.

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