‘Sanitarium’ Trailer: Malcolm McDowell Leads the Latest Horror Anthology

David Mazouz in Sanitarium

With V/H/S, V/H/S 2, and The ABCs of Death leading the way, the horror anthology format is gaining a significant amount of momentum and now Sanitarium directors Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama and Bryan Oritz are looking to get in on the craze, too.

Malcolm McDowell’s Dr. Stenson is at the center of the trilogy, serving as the film’s wraparound component. As the lead physician responsible for the patients at the Sanitarium, Dr. Stenson will offer commentary at the top of each of the three tales and then go on to further explain how their troubles with hallucinations, imaginary voices, alternate realities and more landed them in his care.

David Mazouz in Sanitarium

The trailer is a little shaky to start, offering up a dry narration from McDowell paired with quite a bit of text, but as the curiously creepy imagery rolls in and then explodes into a montage highlighting Robert Englund, Lacey Chabert, Lou Diamond Phillips, and John Glover powered by Pop Pistol’s “Coyote,” intrigue hits a peak. By the time we return to McDowell’s voiceover and then reach the shot of him offering up a warm welcome to the Sanitarium, the line hits hard, just as it should.

While the “Sanitarium” trailer does finish strong, the full feature won’t have “Coyote” to lean on. Insanity is an inherently scary concept, but we’ve seen it quite a few times before on the big screen. However, the idea of showing how the three patients in the spotlight descend into Sanitarium-worthy madness could be enough to make the trio of 30-minute segments stand out. But, then again, that puts quite a bit of pressure on the script for each and based on some of the film’s cast members’ recent choices, namely McDowell going with Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and Lacey Chabert taking In My Sleep, it’s impossible not to be wary.


Sanitarium is set for a World Premiere on March 1st at the Miami International Film Festival.

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