Arkham Sanitarium: Soul Eater – USA, 2014

‘All hail Cthulhu!’

Arkham Sanitarium: Soul Eater is a 2014 American found footage horror film written and directed by Julian Grant (The Defiled; short: Haunted). The Sector 5 Films production stars Shannon BrownRinska Carrasco and Marc Edwards.

Arkham Sanitarium was vacant for years after members of a sex and death cult were arrested for committing heinous acts on patients. Today, three paranormal investigators are trapped and battling malevolent forces as they grapple with the very creatures created by H.P. Lovecraft

Reviews:

“One of those precious few found footage movies that have come out in recent years that actually adds something new to the genre: Very dark and very twisted humour (including healthy doses of sarcasm). That’s not to say that Arkham Sanitarium: Soul Eater isn’t properly scary, at times fittingly grotesque in all the right places…” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

” …there are a few modest thrills to be found in the last half hour as the characters actually do get confronted with a Lovecraftian beastie amidst the usual menagerie of female ghosts, bald torturers, and general screaming for 72 minutes. There’s also a squishy twist ending, too.” Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

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“The Lovecraft name and use of his mythos give fans of the writer a little something to chew on – but they’re small morsels, at best. For the most part, it’s business as usual – billed as a horror comedy, there’s more humour than you might expect, but nothing revelatory – lots of running around in the dark, screaming at mostly unseen terrors and demonic possessions.” Joel Harley, Starburst

“There are moments of genuine tension and creepiness, but also scenes that largely miss the mark. The climactic scene with the Lovecraft Cult is one such moment of failing to be as scary as intended. This is a found footage style film, and more or less handles the question of “why are they still filming”, not always with perfect success.” Jeremy Biltz, DVD Talk

Main cast:

  • Shannon Brown
  • Rinska Carrasco
  • Marc Edwards
  • Ron Fitzgerald
  • Jim Sorfleet
  • Shayla Sullivan
  • Patricia Urbonas Clark
  • Cameron Lawless

Filming locations:

The film was shot over five days in Gary, Indiana, USA

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