From Wild Eye Releasing comes the wild psychological body horror Asylum of Darkness the newest film from writer and director Jay Woelfel (Season of Darkness, Trancers 6). Asylum of Darkness features the talents of the late Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Tim Thomerson, Tiffany Shepis, Amanda Howell, Frank Jones Jr., and Nick Baldasare
Shot on 35mm, Asylum of Darkness is nothing short of impressive as we’re thrust into a trippy journey down madness in a strange tale that blurs the line between reality and the ravings of an unstable mind. Dwight Shroud (Baldasare) is a newly escaped patient from an insane asylum who is expecting to return himself to his former life of– presumed– normalcy. But little does he know that he’s about to stumble into something that seems foreign and far from real. According to Dwight he’s not the person he thinks he is supposed to be in his life outside of the asylum, everything seems off and surreal, and it’s hard for Dwight– and us the audience– to tell what the hell is real or not. His home and wife both seem familiar, however, he doesn’t recognize the man in the pictures, yet he possesses the memories of this mysterious man.
Asylum of Darkness is a real head trip with surreal imagery and imaginative filmmaking to match, but whether what is presented is the real deal or not, one thing is for sure, there is never a dull moment here. All credit has to be attributed to writer and director Jay Woelfel who does an impressive job in directing this visual and trippy stunner that never runs away from him, instead, Woelfel coolly guides the audience through a landmine of mental chaos. As unique and brilliant as Asylum of Darkness may be the film is fully aware of those that came before with callbacks to the films of David Lynch, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. And just like those film’s Asylum of Darkness is a real bloodfest that will more than satisfy gorehounds with its singular and astounding practical effects: pure practical effects magic.
Asylum of Darkness is now out on VOD platforms including cable VOD (check your local listings), Itunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Xbox Video, and Google Play. Check out the film’s trailer below.