In this episode of the Untold Horrors podcast, we go mining for hidden Tubi treasures, boldly exploring the world of insane asylums.
Armed with nothing more than a movie poster and brief synopsis, we take a chance on two insane asylum horror films recommended by Tubi. Does our leap of faith pay off, or is it a fool’s errand? Tune in as we determine if ASYLUM BLACKOUT and THE SHADOWED MIND are hidden gems or blunders not worth your time to plunder.
Asylum Blackout, also known as The Incident, is a 2011 English-language American-French-Belgian horror film about a power outage that shuts down a high-security asylum and traps its cooks with terrifyingly unstable inmates. It was directed by Alexandre Courtès and written by S. Craig Zahler. It stars Rupert Evans, Dave Legeno, and Anna Skellern.
Courtès is a French artist and director best known for his work on music videos. He’s worked with musicians such as Kylie Minogue, The White Stripes, and Daft Punk and also designed Daft Punk’s iconic helmets.
Zahler is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, novelist, comic book artist, animator, and musician. He made his directorial debut with 2015’s Bone Tomahawk, which he followed up with Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Dragged Across Concrete, all of which he wrote and composed the music for. He has also authored several novels.
In 1988, South African filmmaker Cedric Sundström — whose underground short SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN had provoked global outrage and accolades — took a group of skilled actors to a disused railway warehouse in Pretoria to shoot The Shadowed Mind, the story of an unorthodox asylum for the sexually insane.
With a semi-improvised script and startling bursts of graphic violence and nudity, it was immediately banned by the government. It has remained virtually unseen — anywhere in the world — until recently.
Writers include David Hannay, Cedric Sundrom, and Rufus Swart.
On our second outing, we discovered there are indeed some rare gifts waiting to be bestowed on brave explorers by the Tubi gods. Not everything we dug up was pure gold, but there were certainly some very bright spots. Join us as we separate the trash from the treasure!
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
A long-time writer for Morbidly Beautiful, Jamie Marino has been a horror movie fan since grade school. His horror movie library currently stands at over 4,000 titles. He graduated with honors from King’s College with a degree in Literature/Creative Writing, as well as a double major in Philosophy. Morbidly Beautiful Founder and editor-in-chief Stephanie Malone is a professional writer, editor, graphic designer, and VP of Marketing. She attended Film School and has an English and Marketing degree. She’s a passionate supporter of indie film, a producer, and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Tubi is a surprisingly deep well of great genre content, but it’s hit or miss. In this show, two lifelong horror-obsessed cinephiles do the digging for you so you know what’s worth your time. Our goal is to help you discover great films you never knew existed. To find our buried treasure, we take turns picking a theme or subgenre of film. Then each of us searches Tubi to find three intriguing-looking films we’ve never seen or heard of, and we both pick one film from the list of three presented to us by our co-host — picking solely based on poster art and a brief synopsis (no trailers and no ratings or reviews). We go with our gut and roll the dice. They won’t all be gems. But, hopefully, we’ll find some gold along the way.
Mining the dark depths of Tubi for undiscovered gems
It’s a very special bonus episode of the Untold Horrors
podcast. Instead of mining the depths of Tubi for buried genre gifts, we’re wrapping the year with a rundown of our favorite holiday horror films — from essential classics to hidden gems to modern must-see movies.
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