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Doom Asylum (1988)

R | | Comedy, Horror | March 1988 (USA)
A horribly disfigured lawyer, wrongfully pronounced dead after a terrible car accident, is taken to an asylum for dissection, only to come back alive, kill everyone, and make the asylum his killing grounds.

Director:

Richard Friedman

Writers:

Richard Friedman (story), Rick Marx (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Patty Mullen ... Judy LaRue / Kiki LaRue
Ruth Collins ... Tina
Kristin Davis ... Jane
William Hay ... Mike
Kenny L. Price Kenny L. Price ... Dennis
Harrison White ... Darnell
Dawn Alvan Dawn Alvan ... Godiva
Farin Farin ... Rapunzel
Michael Rogen ... Mitch Hansen
Harvey Keith Harvey Keith ... Medical Examiner
Steven G. Menkin Steven G. Menkin ... Assistant Medical Examiner (as Steve Menkin)
Paul Giorgi Paul Giorgi ... Fake Shemp
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Storyline

A demented coroner uses autopsy equipment to kill off the teenagers who trespass on the long-abandoned asylum he inhabits. Filmed on location in an actual abandoned asylum. Written by Chris Cuomo

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Taglines:

SLASHING with a snicker, SLAUGHTER with a smirk... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El manicomio See more »

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Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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First film for Kristin Davis See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene on the roof, Tina breaks the glass in a door with a trashcan, but in later shots, the glass is unbroken. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Herman and Mary, Jack and Ruth, Mac and Helen, Sam and Betty, John and Florence Menkin. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut to obtain an R rating for the Academy Video release. The current DVD from Code Red is the uncut version. See more »

Connections

Featured in 31 Days of Horror: Doom Asylum (1987) (2013) See more »

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Tormental
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1987. You had to be there. I imagine.
22 August 2018 | by daniel-mannouchSee all my reviews

Doom Asylum is divisive as it's a late in the day 80's slasher with sardonic, post-punk pre-grunge 'edge', low-fi aesthetic and is presented in distracting aspect ratio(s). What a Doom Asylum defendant's biggest hurdle to jump is the film's attempts at 'comedy'. Troma is obviously an influence here and i can dig that, but it is inconsistent and the film feels as if it's trying to deny to the audience it's own self awareness. A similar discrepancy found in those obnoxious faux-grindhouse films of the late 2000's. This awkward smarter than thou attitude came to define the horror genre from Nightmare on Elm Street onward until Saw and it is one that keeps me steered well clear of 90's horror even to this day, with examples such as Hellgate (1990) being a supremely irritating piece of nonsense to sit through.

I don't know whether it's because of it's release in a much misunderstood time period for cinema, the late 80's, the fact that is was shot in an actual asylum that treated STD's or that enough tropes of the slasher film remain in tact, but Doom Asylum has 'it'. It remains authentic and sincere despite the comedy. In fact, due to the inept delivery, it has it due to the comedy. It's a weighty time capsule that tells you so much about the period it was made in, it feels at times like a stream of consciousness taken straight out of the head of a horror fan from the time. A Fangoria subscribed, bougie crass video store geek who thinks he should know better but doesn't, but he just doesn't know in the first place.

Now before i go on about how post-modernism will lead to a satanist overlord uprising, i'll conclude by saying Doom Asylum IS a wildly entertaining independent horror film from a time when the industry had more money and enthusiastic contributors than it does now. It's a manic depressive, head on car crash combination of knowing parody and cynical exploitation and if you like your horror Gothic, esoteric and opaque like i do, then look no further.


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