Every March, one of the most popular tournaments takes place, with a single elimination rounds that comprises of 68 college basketball teams.
Now our mission has nothing to do with basketball, or sports in general. I’m only stealing the title of March Madness for this month’s topic of movie watching! And that would be madness. The horror genre has long been filled with characters wrestling with their sanity, either caused by natural defects in their brain, or due to something horrific event that they have witnessed and just can’t deal with. Or it could even be due to outside force or influence that is creating the delusions or is twisted their way of thinking. No matter what the reasoning is, they are usually kept in the same type of place.
Last year, we ventured into the realm of mad scientists and doctors, but we’re going to focus this time not on the doctors, but the facilities where these mentally disturbed and deranged are kept. Could be an asylum, some sort of institute, or some “retreat” or location where the ones that can’t seem to simulate into normal society are forced to stay. Now, to give you a little wiggle room in that strait-jacket, the whole move does not need to take place there. It could start off with a character escaping from one, or ending up in one, but there has to be some sequences in the hospital, or whatever location in there. Also, it doesn’t not need to be a functioning facility either, meaning it would be an old abandon building that characters decide to go snooping around late one night for a quick thrill, only to come across someone still residing there.
To recap, you must find two horror movies that you have not seen before, that deal with some sort of facility that houses, past or present, the mentally disturbed. It doesn’t have to be a place for complete nutters, maybe ones that just have trouble dealing with reality like sane people do. You have until 11:59pm on March 31st to find, watch, and report back here the titles you found.
Before we leave you to your viewing, remember the famous quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, “And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”