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Asylum Blackout (2011)

The Incident (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 4 May 2012 (USA)
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A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm.

Director:

Alexandre Courtès

Writers:

S. Craig Zahler, Jérôme Fansten (additional dialogue and material)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Evans ... George
Kenny Doughty ... Max
Joseph Kennedy ... Ricky
Dave Legeno ... J.B.
Richard Brake ... Harry
Marcus Garvey ... William
Anna Skellern ... Lynn
Darren Kent ... Pete
Philippe Résimont ... Nurse Inmate JB's Office
Claude Stark Claude Stark ... Tim
Chuck Hargrove Chuck Hargrove ... Oswald
Booker T. Franklin Booker T. Franklin ... Wendell
Nina Newman Nina Newman ... Jennifer
Bruce Geduldig Bruce Geduldig ... Robert
Sifiane El Asad Sifiane El Asad ... Redhead
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In 1989, in Washington, the friends George, Max and Ricky are aspirant musicians that play in a band in their leisure time. They work as cooks in the Sans Asylum to earn money to pay their bills, including renting a studio to record their songs. The asylum is located in an isolated area and is monitored by a team led by the security guard J.B. The deranged inmates are criminals and they take pills to stay calm. One day, George has a concert during the night but J.B. asks him to arrive early in the morning to receive the supplies for the kitchen. George leaves his girlfriend Lynn without sleeping and heads to the asylum. While he is preparing the meals for the insane inmates with his colleagues, there is a storm and a power outage in the area and the monitoring system fails. With the mental hospital in the darkness, the inmates led by the cruel Harry Green attack the guards and staff. George and the other kitchen workers hide from the horde of violent madmen. Will they survive? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the lights go down, the inmates will rise.

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Horror | Thriller

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USA | France | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asylum Blackout See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,201
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16:9 HD
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S. Craig Zahler wrote the script in 1995. See more »

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Come Back
Written by Bobby Harlow
Performed by The Go
Courtesy of The Go Detroit, LLC
Published by Peacock Angel Publishing (ASCAP) and Rhythm King Music (PRS)
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The Lunatics have taken over the asylum!
2 March 2015 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

What horror concept is more traditional and effective than the setting of an asylum for the mentally insane during a thunderstorm and a power blackout? Writer S. Craig Zahler and director Alexandre Courtès may perhaps not have had a lot of financial means at their disposal, but they definitely know their genre classics and they also know how to build up a suspenseful atmosphere and petrify the audience through simple tricks. "The Incident", a.k.a. "Asylum Blackout" which naturally is a much more appealing and appetizing title for a low-budget horror flick, first caught my attention because it's a partially Belgian co-production (I'm from Belgium, hence…) and it premiered at the Brussels' International Festival of Fantastic Films a few years ago. Via this website, I learned that the film was largely shot in Belgium but I can't quite figure out whether the director is Belgian or not. Either way, being a Belgian horror freak, I'm still very proud to see a link with my country, especially because I liked "The Incident" quite a lot. Admittedly the film starts out a little too slow and primitive, while the confusing and open-for-interpretation climax is arguably annoying, but everything in between is a nice demonstration of sadistic, raw and nerve-wrecking terror! George and his two pals Max and Ricky form an aspiring rock-band, but they hardly have the money to pay for a session at the recording studio. Therefore they also work together in the kitchen of the sinister Sans asylum, geographically isolated somewhere in the state of Washington. Near the end of a long working day, a heavy thunderstorm breaks loose and lightening causes a power failure inside the asylum. The cell doors unlock automatically and the patients – all of them dangerous lunatics on heavy medication – turn against the wardens. George and his friend attempt to hide in storage rooms and offices but the crazies, led by the vicious inmate Harry Green, hunt them down as well. "The Incident" features some of the most efficiently disturbing sequences I've seen in a long time. The scene where a couple of nut cases are trying to break through the freezer door, behind which Ricky is hiding, is downright petrifying. And so is the excruciatingly painful murder of a certain character on top of the cooking stove and a torture sequence involving a peeling knife. I must say the supportive characters depicting the mental patients are extremely well-chosen as well. Harry Green (Richard Brake) looks like evil personified and many other unknown actors are aptly cast based on their looks as well (Darren Kent, the hairless guy…). The film allegedly takes place in the year 1989, which is quite clever because this way the writers didn't have to take into account mobile phones, GPS systems etc… I'm not going to go too much into detail about the bizarre ending. It didn't bother me that much because, by the time of the climax, I was already seriously impressed by the level of sickness and disturbance of "The Incident". This definitely isn't for sensitive and/or easily offended viewers!


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