THE ASY­LUM

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated dvd & blu-ray -

Re­lease Date: 4 May

2015 | 18 | DVD

The lat­est from Mar­cus Nis­pel ( direc­tor of the re­makes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Co­nan The Barbarian and Fri­day The 13th) doesn’t ex­actly have an ex­cit­ingly orig­i­nal premise – teens par­ty­ing in an aban­doned men­tal in­sti­tu­tion end up be­ing picked off one by one af­ter un­leash­ing a pos­sess­ing evil force – but may well ap­peal if you’re a fan of The Evil Dead, and like your hor­ror to have a know­ing at­ti­tude. Orig­i­nally known as Back­mask, its dia­logue is pretty dodgy, but the deaths are en­joy­ably gory, and there are some de­cent self- aware gags – this is the sort of movie where the char­ac­ters know full well that us­ing a Ouija board is not likely to end well…

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