“Bedlam” plays on the fear of mental illness. Specifically, the fear that you will be committed to an asylum while being perfectly sane. There are shades of schizo thrown about, but our lead character seems to be under the impression that he’s normal. Fighting against a psycho sexually depraved Nazi style doctor, this haunted man wants to live!
Playing in the mind allows for a production to make the most out of a limited budget. The influence and environment are neat, but they don’t help to sustain a narrative. Chew Barker creates something amazing here, but I feel that we’re a movie away from his breakout picture. In terms of personality, there are shades of “Duel” here. I’d like to see more background about Bedlam, but I might be asking too much.
The DVD comes with a Digital HD copy. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a seemingly DTV horror film. I’m sure that this is a Festival pickup for LionsGate, but I don’t remember hearing about it before. The Dolby 5.1 track is expansive and helps create a proper sense of atmosphere. In the end, it’s worth a rental or stream.
Release Date: 04/28/15