V/H/S, THE ABC’S OF DEATH, THE THEATRE BIZARRE, all three signs that the horror-anthology genre is definitely alive and booming. It’s a good way to showcase short form filmmaking and when they’re done well, anthologies are a lot fo fun to watch.
Next on the anthology slate, is the Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama and Bryan Oritz headed SANITARIUM, which features a pretty impressive cast including Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, RZ’S HALLOWEEN remake, SILENT NIGHT), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger, need I say more?), Lou Diamond Phillips (THE FIRST POWER, LA BAMBA) and Lacey Chabert (MEAN GIRLS, THE GHOST OF GOODNIGHT LANE).
“SANITARIUM is a feature motion picture that consists of three tales based on particular patients of a mental institution. Each tale begins with Dr. Stenson, the primary physician at the Sanitarium, commenting on the recent arrival of a new patient. As Dr. Stenson speaks, the individual’s story begins. With elements from “CREEPSHOW, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT, SANITARIUM explores the different narratives of the insane patients – tales which led to their crazed states of minds. These accounts reflect hallucinations, imaginary voices, and altered realities, and include themes of the paranormal, the unexplainable, and the mystical.”