Asylum Blackout

Overview

A power outage at a high-security mental hospital leaves the lunatics running the asylum and the terrified kitchen staff fighting for their lives. Bandmates George Rupert Evans, Max Kenny Doughty, and Ricky Joseph Kennedy are in the midst of recording their first album. Though the money they make working in the kitchen of a psychiatric hospital helps to pay for studio time, the eerie behavior of the inmates occasionally gives the job a certain element of danger. Fortunately, a massive window between the kitchen ...
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Overview

A power outage at a high-security mental hospital leaves the lunatics running the asylum and the terrified kitchen staff fighting for their lives. Bandmates George Rupert Evans, Max Kenny Doughty, and Ricky Joseph Kennedy are in the midst of recording their first album. Though the money they make working in the kitchen of a psychiatric hospital helps to pay for studio time, the eerie behavior of the inmates occasionally gives the job a certain element of danger. Fortunately, a massive window between the kitchen and the dining hall keeps the trio safely separated from the patients. But the lights go out during dinner preparations one evening, and then the security system malfunctions as well. To make matters worse, the inmates are ready to take full advantage of their newfound freedom, and one of them in particular has had his eye on the kitchen staff for quite some time. Before long the situation has turned bloody, and it begins to look as if some of the staff may not survive the night.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Originally premiering at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival as The Incident, music-video veteran Alexandre Courtés' mean and moody feature debut arrives on screens under the more accurate, less imaginative B-movie moniker Asylum Blackout. Yet even with the title change, the film loses none of its eerie ferocity in detailing the shocking events that unfold in a weather-beaten Washington state psychiatric hospital. Slow to start, yet positively relentless once the lights go out, it's a sadistic madhouse of horrors elevated by smart casting and competent screenwriting, also driven by a pervasive air of menace that never lets up -- not even during the surreal, memorably nightmarish climax. Washington, 1989: Bandmates George Rupert Evans, Max Kenny Doughty, and Ricky Joseph Kennedy are in the midst of recording their first album. Though the money they make working in the kitchen of the Sans Asylum psychiatric hospital helps to pay for studio time, the eerie behavior of the inmates occasionally gives the job a certain element of danger. Fortunately, a massive window between the kitchen and the dining hall keeps the trio safely separated from the patients. But the lights go out during dinner preparations one evening, and then the security system malfunctions as well. To make matters worse, the inmates are ready to take full advantage of their newfound freedom, and one of them in particular has had his eye on the kitchen staff for quite some time. Before long the situation turns bloody, and it begins to look as if some of the staff may not survive the night. An experienced visual stylist, Courtés gives Asylum Blackout a compelling surface aesthetic by alternating between the grimy personal lives of its aspiring rock-star protagonists and their antiseptic place of employment. Meanwhile, screenwriter S. Craig Zahler develops the conflicts both in the band and among the hospital staff. The result is a restrained setup that swells with pregnant tension as we're introduced to the inmates from the safe side of the protective glass that shields the kitchen staff. However, that deceptive air of sanctuary proves decidedly short-lived once lightning strikes, and the staff -- desperate to reach a landline in the days before cell phones -- realize that help isn't coming anytime soon. With long takes cast in thick shadows, characters who make sound decisions under duress, and the knowledge that one of the inmates has assumed the role of a malevolent ringleader, it's this section of the film that works best. We sympathize with the kitchen staff as they're reluctantly thrust into authoritative roles they're neither qualified for nor prepared to assume, and cheer them on as they attempt to put their petty differences aside in the name of survival. Meanwhile, Zahler and Courtés focus on the growing threat posed by the inmates, which allows them to get the absolute most out of Richard Brake and Darren Kent, actors whose striking features are used to maximum effect. It's precisely at this point that Asylum Blackout takes a vicious turn that may prove off-putting to viewers who relished the understated, highly controlled buildup. Once the power surges, innocent people are slowly impaled, graphically disfigured, horribly burned, and flayed with potato peelers as they beg for mercy. Perhaps these are the sort of antics you might expect if the criminally insane stopped taking their meds and took over the asylum, but at times the suffering becomes overbearing in contrast to the rest of the film. It's been rumored that a few of the audience members fainted at the Toronto premiere of the movie, and while the onscreen violence in Asylum Blackout doesn't approach the kind of prolonged cruelty on display in something like the Saw franchise, it is directed with a vivid intensity that has the power to jar even the most jaded gorehound. So beware before checking into this sanitarium, because the sights that you see might just stick with you longer than you'd hoped.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 030306982694
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Ifc Independent Film
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 65,389

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rupert Evans George
Kenny Doughty Max
Joseph Kennedy Ricky
Dave Legeno JB
Richard Brake Harry Green
Marcus Garvey William
Anna Skellern Lynn
Darren Kent Pete
Philippe Résimont Nurse Inmate JB's Office
Claude Stark Tim
Chuck Hargrove Oswald
Booker T. Franklin Wendell
Nina Newman Jennifer
Bruce Geduldig Robert
Sifiane El Asad Redhead
Eric Godon Pill Man
Vincent Eloy Walleyed Man
Karim Barras Pedro
Simon Flowerdew Bob Kistler
Bruce Ellison Bald Man
Frederic Lecointe Naked Man Corridor B
Dan Sluijzer Carter
Fabrice Adde Shirtless Inmate Kitchen
Martin George Swabey Inmate Underwear Kitchen
Marc Zinga Asian Inmate Corridor A
Ted Fletcher Elder Inmate Corridor A
Jean-Michel Vovk Distinguished Man
Ian Lyons Police Lieutenant
Gaël Maleux Truck Driver
Sandro Mastronardi Ambulanceman
Pierre Nisse Tribal
Jennifer Baker Nurse
Jean-Paul Allonsius Man with a Tray
Pascal Blondillo James Harper
Michel Fromowicz Arthur West
Andreas Perschewski Frank Castina
Vicenzo d'Aguanno Martin Howden
Michael Luboya African American Inmate
Gregory Valfre Inmate #1
Laurent Sterckx Inmate #2
Francois Makanga Inmate #3
Angelo Milano Inmate Carrying Dead Wendell
Arnaud Van Scheventseen Inmate Whose Leg is Broken
Thomas "Rocky" Gollas Inmate Tearing Off Man's Nose
Technical Credits
Alexandre Courtes Director
Baxter Editor
Wassim Beji Producer
Michael Bier Casting
Benoit Biral Sound/Sound Designer
Yannick Bollore Producer
Christophe Chassol Score Composer
Emilie Chatel Producer
Quentin Collette Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Davison Executive Producer
Denis Gastou Special Effects
Kelly Valentine Hendry Casting
Victor Jenkins Casting
Dimitri Linder Asst. Director
Sonny Mallhi Co-producer
Catherine Marchand Costumes/Costume Designer
Christian Monheim Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Luc Olivier Production Manager
Patrick Quinet Co-producer
Yves Renard Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Rouschop Production Designer
Roy Lee Executive Producer
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini Special Effects
Laurent Tangy Cinematographer
S. Craig Zahler Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Asylum Blackout
1. Opening Credits [6:28]
2. Not Too Spicy [5:03]
3. Violate You Later [9:28]
4. Be Quiet [5:16]
5. Keep Moving [8:31]
6. Just Red [6:53]
7. Break the Window [6:13]
8. Collecting Coupons [6:02]
9. Inmates Are Rioting [6:07]
10. One of the Cooks [6:58]
11. I Know It's You [13:19]
12. Ending Credits [4:15]
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Disc #1 -- Asylum Blackout
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