More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Asylum Blackout,” a tender love story about a young couple kept apart by societal forces far beyond their control. Oh, I’m sorry, that’s not right: it’s about a blackout in an asylum. Duh.
Director: Alexandre Courtès
Cast: Rupert Evans, Kenny Doughty, Joseph Kennedy
Official Synopsis: “George, Max and Ricky are in a rock band. Between small gigs and rehearsals, they hope for their big breakthrough. In the meanwhile, someone has to pay the bills! So they work in the kitchen of a high security asylum. Good pay, minimum risk — they have no physical contact with the inmates. One night, just before dinner time, a big storm shuts down the security system, the doors open and the lunatics break loose. Help is on its way and should soon arrive. They just have to wait for it… and survive until then.”
“Has a refreshing and assured indie vibe that downplays cheap scares (musical cues, camera trickery and the like) in favor of a more matter-of-fact display of graphic, bloody mayhem that is all the more chilling because of its realistic approach.”
“A well made excursion into a terror-filled environment that takes time with its characters before subjecting them to terrible fates.”
“A moody treat for genre fans inclined to take a flier on a movie with lesser known talent.”
“A hit and miss affair that is more hit than miss.”
“Wrings only modest suspense and low-voltage shocks from what might seem like a surefire setup.”
“Asylum Blackout” is now available on VOD, iTunes, Amazon, and SundanceNOW.