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Dark Feed (2013): Applying for Asylum

Dark Feed (Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, 2013)

A nurse's uniform covers a dark presence on the movie poster.

“No, what makes you think we’ve ever played Silent Hill?”
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I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to give Dark Feed a go. I mean, it was kind of doomed from the start. But still, I figured there might still be a touch of meat left on those old bones. And I still believe that, somewhere, there might be. It is not to be found here, however.

One of the principals takes a shower while something creeps up on her in a still from the film.

Obviously, in an abandoned asylum, one of the things you should do is take a leisurely shower after something has just unnerved you.
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Premise: a film crew rents an abandoned, and supposedly haunted, asylum for a bit. They move in, set up shop, and start filming a low-budget horror movie. But soon enough they discover that either they’ve got a psycho in their midst or the place really is haunted.

One of the principal cast stares into a broken mirror in a still from the film.

No, there’s no symbolism here at all.
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Sound familiar? It should if you’ve watched a few horror movies. This is a run-of-the-mill haunted house flick with the requisite bevy of attractive women and brainless men. There’s one character who points to the Rasmussen brothers intending this as a satire of the movie industry (or perhaps just the big studio system), but if so, that message kind of got lost in the mix; it’s certainly not done here as well as it is in, say, Golia’s Killer Shrimps. I ended up feeling like if they’d puched the envelope anywhere at all in this movie, done one thing different than everyone else making low-budget DTV horror, I might have found something more to enjoy in it. Sadly, that was not the case. * ½


About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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