9 May 2010 | wes-connors
Slightly maladjusted, due to a troubled childhood, private investigator Robert Patrick (as Nicholas "Nick" Tordone) is suspicious when his psychiatrist, Peter Brown (as Frank Meyers), is reported to have hanged himself. Mr. Patrick thinks his shrink, who happened to have been a good friend of his suicidal father, was murdered. So, Patrick goes undercover at the "Fallbrook" insane asylum where Brown worked. There, he meets mental Malcolm McDowell (as Sullivan Rane aka "Doc"), crazy costumed Jason Schombing (as Tommy aka "Captain Destructo"), and Deborah Worthing (as Amanda aka "Mary Pickford").
Patrick (as "Magnum") teams up with Mr. Schombing to solve the mystery. Institution head Henry Gibson (as Edward Bellichek) and patient doctor Sarah Douglas (as Emily Hill) are among those considered to be sane. James Seale's "Asylum" seems curiously unattended - patients are free to wander around without much supervision. Additionally, the building has been equipped with loose, human-sized vents for easy escape, spying, or travel - even in a solitary confinement room. This is all more laughable than suspenseful, but the scene where Patrick goes to the edge of the roof is nicely done. Passable on late night TV.
**** Asylum (5/6/97) James Seale ~ Robert Patrick, Malcolm McDowell, Jason Schombing, Henry Gibson