Medium Raw (Andrew Cymek, 2010)
Cymek’s second feature, and his only one to date that is not part of the Dark Rising series of horror comedies, is a generic the lunatics have broken out of the asylum (literally) thriller. It’s saved from being complete crap thanks to one excellent character, but I’m not sure that pushed it over the line from “don’t bother” to “watch this.”
Plot: A number of civilians, through various rather silly excuses, find themselves inside a dark, windowless, nasty asylum after dark, as do some of the staff. A power outage coupled with a computer failure lead to the inmates being released from their cells, forcing the sane folks to try and find ways to survive until help arrives.
Simple yes, and also predictable, as well as being overall badly-acted. The direction is competent, if barely so, and the script (written by Cymek) is nothing special, with a single exception: Mabel (The Rocker‘s Sandi Ross), a serial killer/cannibal who wants to be your best friend, right up until she eats your eyeballs. Mabel’s a fantastic character, easily the best-drawn in the movie; given the characters surrounding her, this would seem to be a case of “even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” I wish she’d shown up in a much better movie than this. **
“…and Medium Raw is the trailer!”