Doom Asylum – USA, 1987

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‘Slashing with a snicker, slaughter with a smirk…’

Doom Asylum is a 1987 American comedy slasher horror film directed by Richard Friedman (Scared Stiff, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, Dark Wolf) based on a screenplay by Rick Marx (Tenement, The Coven 2); it stars Patty Mullen, Ruth Collins, Kristin Davis and William Hay.

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A demented disfigured coroner uses autopsy equipment to kill off the teenagers who trespass on the long-abandoned asylum he inhabits…


Doom Asylum will be released on Blu-ray by Arrow Video on July 17, 2018. Restored in 2K from the original camera negative, the sleeve features new artwork by Justin Osbourn, with the original poster on the reverse side. Special features:

  • Audio commentary with screenwriter Rick Marx (new)
  • Audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues (new)
  • Tina’s Terror – Interview with actress Ruth Collins (new)
  • Movie Madhouse – Interview with director of photography Larry Revene (new)
  • Morgues & Mayhem – Interview with special make-up effects creator Vincent J. Guastini (new)
  • Archival Interviews with producer Alexander W. Kogan, Jr., director Richard Friedman, and production manager Bill Tasgal
  • Still gallery
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes


“Obviously meant as a satire on the slasher scene, the rubbery-made up killer (Michael Rogan) constantly spurts wisecracks, delivering such lines as “I hate rap music” when devouring a hip-hopping teen. The gore effects are for the most part too over-the-top to be effective, but the scene where an electric drill is jammed into the forehead of a geeky baseball card fanatic is worthy of Lucio Fulci.” George R. Reis, DVD Drive-In


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“If the killer fails to impress with the quips, then at least Doom Asylum delivers with the splatter. Admittedly, some of it is pretty hokey (the acid bath victim looks like mannequin dipped in oatmeal), but a particularly well executed (pun intended) drill to the head shows you can sometimes do wonders on a tiny budget.” Justin Kerswell, Hysteria Lives!


“Although there are a few minor annoyances, and sometimes the movie just seems to get so caught up in its own fun-momentum that it forgets that it’s supposed to be going anywhere at all with the story, in the end this doesn’t really matter because Doom Asylum is just so damn charming and entertaining.” Reel Bad


Doom Asylum is the best cheesy slasher of all time, and it’s not even a close decision. Essential!” Brett H., Oh, the Horror!

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Cast and characters:

  • Patty Mullen … Judy LaRue / Kiki LaRue – Frankenhooker
  • Ruth Collins … Tina – Prime Evil, Lurkers, Witch Academy
  • Kristin Davis … Jane
  • William Hay … Mike
  • Kenny L. Price … Dennis
  • Harrison White … Darnell
  • Dawn Alvan … Godiva
  • Farin … Rapunzel
  • Michael Rogen … Mitch Hansen
  • Harvey Keith … Medical Examiner
  • Steve Menkin … Assistant Medical Examiner
  • Paul Giorgi … Fake Shemp


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IMDb | Image credit: Critical Condition



Categories: 1980s, Blu-ray, cheesy horror, comedy horror

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1 reply

  1. This looks like an absolute blast! Definitely one for a cheesy movie evening with some of your favourite discerning weirdos!


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