Thursday, July 28, 2016

Doom Asylum (1987)

How bad is it? Intentionally bad, it's also unintentionally bad.
Should you see it? No.

This is meant as a spoof, but it isn't immediately obvious. There's an abandoned mental hospital with a disfigured killer; the film was undoubtedly made because the location was available. Kristin Davis and Patty Mullen and a couple of other girls go into the building for unexplained reasons, after a communist lesbian punk band had already entered for also unexplained reasons. The killer, whose makeup is adequately done, but not consistent, makes wisecracks after his kills - but for whom (I mean, his audience is dead, right)? A scant 77 minutes, this is padded with black and white footage from Tod Slaughter films that the killer stops to watch. There's a bunch of pop references, a bit of toplessness, some adequate effects and some really bad ones, continuity errors, terrible acting, long sequences of wandering in hallways and some of the thickest New Jersey accents committed to film. It gets tedious pretty quickly.

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