Today we will be looking at a scary insane asylum movie in the found footage format that seems to have slipped under the radar a little bit.
I watched Asylum Seekers Tapes late last night for the purpose of this review but I was unable to gather much information on it afterwards.
IMDb seemed to have no knowledge of it’s existence and the YouTube video description had been left blank (spooky eh!). The only information I have on the subject is that it was uploaded to YouTube on the 13th of April, 2013.
Putting an Effort in!
Right from the start of the film I was made aware that this was a insane asylum movie born out of effort. Instead of the standard ‘four actors throughout the film’ format of normal lower budget found footage this movie started off with a party scene.
Several actors sat around a dinner table discussing paranormal experiences from their lives. What surprised me even more was the fact that nearly all of these actors could indeed act!
The only qualm I had was with the older lady who played the mother of the household – wasn’t sure if she was a cross dresser or not and her voice freaked me out a little!
The characters seemed to interact well enough and there were not to many cheesy lines being thrown in. I was however a little confused by the Hookah pipe being passed around the table – it didn’t seem to fit one little bit!
Soundtrack on Found Footage……No Way!
Unfortunately the makers of this insane asylum movie have decided to use a gentle soundtrack in the background covering the start to the film!
I know they were all sitting around a dinner table and there were scene cut-backs to the main couple in love, but come on…….seriously!
Found Footage movies are probably the ONLY type of movies that do not need any sort of background music going on.
I mean this is supposed to be footage from a police department, found at the scene and all that………
Thankfully this music (which failed to add any sort of atmosphere!) was removed before any of the ‘juicy stuff’ started happening in the film!
Pretty Good When it Got Going
This particular Found Footage movie was a full length effort of 1:19:08 which was refreshing to see. When they actually got into the asylum itself the film did pick up and was quite enjoyable.
Now I’m not saying we’re hitting the levels of Grave Encounters here because the budget was pretty reserved at best – but it was pretty good!
The three characters who end up carrying out the investigation in the asylum were pretty believable and competent enough actors.
I will say that the character Shaun seemed to freak out way to much in the early stages of the investigation for no reason and then seemed to get calmer as the s**t hit the fan later on!!!
Nice Touches And Original Ideas
For a scary insane asylum movie in the found footage style to become popular it needs some originality pumped into it – there’s a lot of competition out there these days!
Thankfully the Asylum Seekers Tapes had a handful of nice touches – I especially liked the unnerving laughing bouts the characters went through and the fact the entities were actually coming through in cell phone text messages at one point!
I’m not gonna sit here and try to convince you that this was a great Found Footage asylum movie because to be blunt – it wasn’t!
The fact that I couldn’t find it listed (under the name Asylum Seekers Tapes) on IMDb was a little bit of a red flag.
The characters yet again seemed to travel deeper into the asylum after it becoming obvious that they were up for the chop unless they got out!
There were also a few long speeches that the movie could have definitely done without – one in particular regarding people’s shadows (very pretentious!).
Trying to create a decent scary insane asylum movie post-Grave Encounters is always going to be difficult so I’m surprised so many people try it!
This film did not lack effort and the filming was quite professional in parts. If you like Found Footage movies then I do suggest you give this film a chance. In parts it was pretty scary and the atmosphere left you a little on edge at best.
If you’re looking for a free Found Footage asylum movie and need to waste an hour and a half of your life, then this will do nicely!