The nut house. The loony bin. Whatever your term for it, we all know it well… the insane asylum. It is one of the more unsettling settings in which a horror film might play out. To celebrate the December 31st release of Image’s Sanitarium, we bring you our Top 11 Insane Asylum Horror Films.
As far as honorable mentions, one of my all-time favorite horror moments is in the insane asylum at the end of Psycho when Norman has completely become Mother. As the scene is very short, we kept it off the list and simply gave it an HM.
Other notable nuthouse films include the Santa-themed sequel Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 and more hillbillies gone awry in Wrong Turn 4. Give us your picks below.
Now, on to the ….
This film was a turning point for the franchise. In Dream Warriors the Freddy Krueger personality really began to come forward. The now infamous one-liners and the over-the-top, super-creative kills began in Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital. Many of Krueger’s most memorable slaughters occurred here, including Freddy TV, the tendon marionette and the syringe fingers. Although Westin Hills might not be the most haunting asylum ever, as Krueger’s comedic turn began here, it was the home of some truly memorable kills.
The Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital is the setting for the found footage romp entitled Grave Encounters. This one raises the bar as we are dealing not only with the criminally insane but also with ghosts of the criminally insane, which is a theme you’ll find throughout this list. Directed by the Vicious Brothers, Grave Encounters is a very realistic look at the recording of a haunted location documentary. With all of the paranormal encounter television programs we have on the air today, this film works nicely as you could actually suspend disbelief and imagine Zak Bagans or a number of other ghost chasers in that same situation.