Blackburn Asylum Brings New Concept to Slasher Horror

Blackburn Asylum Film Details Lauro Chartrand's Blackburn

Director: Lauro Chartrand

Writer:  Nastasha Baron

Release Date: December 13th 2016

Release Format: Video on Demand

MPAA Rating: R

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 1h 24min


A forest fire and rock-slide trap five bickering college friends in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside the torched ruins of Blackburn Asylum they must fight to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.


Blackburn Asylum although designed with traditional Slasher Horror concepts stands as a solid production. The narrative develops with a steady flow of dynamic engagement. This is attributed to using each scene with great effectiveness.  An attention to time management allowed for the narrative to mature with adequateness.

Unlike most Slasher films Blackburn Asylum offers more than one adversary. The slate of terrifying antagonists become a major contribution to the film. Introduced in this feature are three murderous psychopaths; Mary, Digits, and 3Eyes. A well-composed backstory reinforces each character. Nastasha Baron Lauro Chartrand's Blackburn Asylum

Nastasha Baron designs enough information to these characters to convey originality and interest. Maja AroKen Kirzinger and Brad Loree did great work in their portrayal of the antagonists. Aro having a robust dialogue elevated her role with intensity. Joyce Robbins and Jacqueline Robbins contributed with a memorable jest and defining weirdness.

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It was a delight to see a cameo appearance from Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska. The Twisted Sisters portray Posey and Poppy, a couple of deranged psychopaths. Yet, the Soskas did not engage in the unfolding slaughter seen throughout the film. Their defining scene arrives within the latter part of ACT III.

The well-composed visual are another highlight to Blackburn Asylum. Creative use of lighting gives definition to the haunting environments. This is evident in the claustrophobic setting of the mine shaft and gas station. Also, the sets were all well designed while avoiding common visual trappings.

Proficient craftsmanship has an exhibition within the practical effects department. The gore factor was artistic and delivered a sense of realism. Also, the antagonists had a cohesive design. Each entity complimented each other and one did not stand out over the other with design. Lauro Chartrand's Blackburn


Blackburn Asylum does offer a cliché set of characters. A group of college students caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. A series of ill-fated decision soon follows. This formula coupled with average portrayals from the actors in these roles does little to entice audiences.

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Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice. Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan. Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.


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