Over the years, I’ve grown almost bored with horror movies about asylums and hospitals. This is primarily because there are SO MANY of them on the market now. Granted, these are great locations in which to set a horror film…but there’s an over-saturation point that should not be passed, and this one was reached a long time ago. So when the fine folks at After Dark sent the press release for BEDLAM, I was very skeptical. Could they actually find a way to make an asylum scary again? I decided to give it a shot, just in case.
As the credits rolled, I sat for a few moments and pondered on what I had just seen. Was the movie scary? Not really. But was it entertaining? Yes, I have to say so for the most part. It’s not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it overall nonetheless.
If you are not familiar with BEDLAM, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:
George is a haunted man. He enters Bedlam Hospital for a guaranteed recovery, but it is a world darker than even his demons could conjure up. Once, he fought for sanity; no he fights to survive. Welcome to Bedlam.
I love the cover art from the DVD. The image doesn’t have much to do with the film itself, but it definitely does its job and sparks interest. Thankfully, it’s not too far from events in the movie, so it’s not terribly misleading. I can’t stand it when a movie poster or media cover art has nothing to do with the film its promoting.
BEDLAM is shot well and looks good from a production standpoint. The location chosen for the asylum is perfect, a building filled with tight corridors, dark recesses, and cramped quarters. Likewise, the setting feels very aged, which fits perfectly with the theme of the story.
The acting is very good, with Guy Edmonds heading up a great cast. Edmonds gives a believable performance as George, the man who inherited madness from his mother. Supporting him are John Boxer and Greg Hatton, who portray the two orderlies who torments George behind closed doors, as well as Gary Boulter and Cassandra Swaby, who play George’s fellow inmates. The whole cast does a great job with their roles.
The storyline in BEDLAM is interesting and riveting, however it pretty much as no horror value at all. I would classify this more as a drama (maybe a thriller) but not a horror film. I’m not saying this is a bad thing at all; but if you watch this movie, you need to know what to expect.
BEDLAM is a win for me, and I do recommend it. The film is a gripping trek into a madness-filled mind, and it will take you on a journey you won’t forget. The film is available now, so give it a look.