Asylum

Director:

D. R. Ellis

Producer:

A. Amritraj

Year:

2008

Distributor:

20th Century Fox

Country:

USA

Running time:

93 min

Genre:

Horror

Format:

Colour

Availability:

DVD

Keywords:

Dormitory, student residence, Mad scientist, Student orientation, college life, Land grant college, student life, freshman orientation, graduate student
Summary:
A group of college students find out the hard way that their dormitory is not only a former asylum run — of course — by a mad doctor who tortured and mutilated his student patients, but also that his evil grasp exceeds his grave.
Teaching Notes:
Portrayal of higher education

Another example of how college dormitories — along with the haunted mansion, the psyco-killer infested summer camp, or the ill-fated camping tripcampus — is an expedient way of assembling youthful and nubile victims .

The film provides a good example of the sort of establishing shots and opening sequences typical of such films:

  • Helicopter parent drops her daughter off on the bucolic grounds of a small private or state college;
  • The freshman then register in a process that resembles primary or secondary school students getting their home-room assignments;
  • Followed by a bizarre student orientation boot-camp led by an insult-spouting grad student (such scenes are also typical of summer camp movies);
  • In this film, however, there is not a single faculty or admininstative staff member — not even the ubiqutous "dean of students" — in sight — only a mall-cop campus security guy.