After Dark Originals: Sanatorium

Watch After Dark Originals: Sanatorium

  • R
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 4.9  (1,195)

Sanatorium is a 2013 horror movie created as part of the After Dark Originals film series. The movie follows a group of reality TV show contestants as they compete to win money by spending the night in an abandoned sanatorium in the mountains of West Virginia. The contestants, including a psychic, a skeptic, a former athlete, and a mother of two, are assigned different tasks to complete while locked in the sanatorium. These tasks include spending hours alone in the dark, finding hidden rooms, and enduring various scares and tests of their bravery. As the night progresses, strange and terrifying events occur, and the contestants begin to question whether they are truly alone in the sanatorium.

The movie is shot in found footage style, with the action captured by cameras installed throughout the sanatorium by the show's producers. This adds to the realism of the film and helps to create a sense of claustrophobia and tension.

Sanatorium has a strong cast of relatively unknown actors, with Ellen Bucciarelli, Michael Cruger, and Jean Diller in lead roles. The movie is directed by Brant Sersen, who has previously helmed horror films such as Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story and Splinterheads.

One of the standout features of Sanatorium is its setting. The abandoned sanatorium is a creepy and atmospheric location, with dark hallways, decaying walls, and a sense of history and tragedy. The filmmakers do an excellent job of using the setting to create an eerie and unsettling mood, and the sanatorium itself almost becomes a character in the movie.

The film's pacing is also a strong point. While the beginning of the movie is slow, as the contestants are introduced and the rules of the competition are explained, the action quickly ramps up once they enter the sanatorium. The scares and tension build gradually throughout the night, with each new challenge becoming more intense and terrifying.

Sanatorium also has strong visual effects. The ghostly apparitions and supernatural occurrences that plague the contestants are well-executed and genuinely frightening. Whether it's a creepy figure lurking in the shadows or a ghostly hand reaching out from a wall, the special effects in the movie are effective and add to the horror.

Overall, Sanatorium is a solid horror movie that will appeal to fans of found footage films and haunted house stories. While the movie may not reinvent the genre or offer any particularly innovative scares, it delivers on its promise of chills and thrills, and creates a truly creepy and unsettling atmosphere. The film successfully captures the feeling of being trapped in a dark and haunted location, and will leave viewers spooked and satisfied.

After Dark Originals: Sanatorium is a 2013 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.9.

After Dark Originals: Sanatorium
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    1 hr 29 min
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    4.9  (1,195)