David Michael Latt, David Rimawi (executive) for The Asylum
directed by James Cullen Bressack
starring Trae Ireland, Erin Coker, Jody Barton, Nihilist Gelo, Bill Voorhees, Jared Cohn, Calico Cooper, Tiffany Martinez, Micah Fitzgerald, Ian Roberts, Darren Reul, Benjamin A. Norris, Greg Depetro, John Andrew Vaas, JD Fairman, Chuck Pappas, Jessica Cameron, Jackie Bressack, David Brite, Buz Wallick, Karianne Davis, Jack R. Miller, Cory Jacob, Mildrraide Lazarre, Tim Lott
written by James Cullen Bressack, music by Chris Ridenhour, visual effects by Glenn Campbell
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Having had a nightmare about something terrible happen to his wife
Marcy (Calico Cooper) and daughter Kendra (Tiffany Martinez), Jack (Trae
Ireland) rushes home from a camping trip to be with them, to find his wife
scratching the skin off her arms obsessively, a behaviour totally unlike
her ... so Jack wastes no time rushing her to the hospital, leavind his
(weirdly apathetic) daughter with his three best mates Quentin (Jody
Barton), Joe (Nihilist Gelo) and Trevor (Bill Voorhees).
seems to have a very busy day, so at the beginning, Jack doesn't even mind
too much that everybody's rude to him ... well, at the beginning he
doesn't, when the hospital staff and especially the doctors get more and
more abusive, verbally, he starts to wonder ... and then, before his very
eyes, his wife throws herself out of the window. What's worse, the
hospital soon turns into a madhouse and Jack's attacked several times when
he merely tries to leave - but he's dragged into a room by Candace (Erin
Coker), the only one in the whole place except for him, according to her
because they've both been born on leap days - a Mayan prophecy says so.
With his wife dead, and apparently loonies everywhere, Jack becomes
worried sick about his daughter, and somehow he convinces Candace to
accompany him in going to save her, even if that means they have to
slaughter their way through the madmen and -women that occupy the
Thing is, things have gone out of bounds at home, too, as
Kendra has discovered her homicidal streak and murdered Trevor, while
Quentin and Joe have just gone batshit crazy - but they're crazies with
So ok, the premise with the Mayan prophecy driving
people insane except for those born on leap days might be a bit too far
fetched to do anything for the movie ... but fortunately, 13/13/13
doesn't rely on it too much, merely uses it to combine the best elements
of the psychokiller and the zombie genre - and the result is one creepy
movie that's also energetic as hell, thanks to great pacing and
camerawork, paired with some nicely placed gore scenes and outbursts of
violence. Add to this some nice performances - Jody Barton's psychopath is
particularly creepy - and well-placed spots of tongue-in-cheek humour, and
you've got one nice genre movie that's most certainly among the best The
Asylum has put out so far.