Tag line : Evil Works in Mysterious Ways.

Young Nick West (Andrew Howard) breaks into an old abandoned asylum with some tarty looking girl (Polly Brown) in order to do some drugs. Whilst looking round the building, they come across a strange looking chair, that looks more like a torture device than something that would have been used in therapy. But, for whatever reason, the young girl decides to sit in it (never a wise move in a horror film).

Almost immediately, she finds herself bound up and unable to move, as strange torture devices suddenly appear from the chair and begin to dig into her. High on LSD, Nick is unable to do anything to help. Subsequently, the local police don't believe his story about the chair coming to life and killing her, so he finds himself locked up in a mental health clinic.

Some 4 years later, having apparently recovered, he is released into the care of a Dr Willard (David Gant), who wants to take him back to the old asylum as part of his therapy. But it seems his story about the chair could in fact be all too real, as one of the girls in the group he's with sits in the chair and disappears. Other people in the group go to look for her, only to wind up meeting somewhat grisly ends, as they too decide to sit in the chair and end up falling prey to the bizarre torture devices that spring from it, before disappearing.

Dr Willard seems to know a lot more about the old building than he's letting on, particularly the unorthodox practices the old warden used to indulge in, back when it was a fully functioning facility. Realising that Dr Willard is not all he appears to be and there might be a way of bringing the others back, he decides to sit in the chair himself, but it seems things might not be as Nick perceives them....

Borrowing from the likes of "Hellraiser", the film doesn't start too badly and I was initially able to see past the films low budget and shaky acting. Sadly though, the film took a nosedive towards the end once the inevitable twist in the plot came (which I won't spoil for you) and it began to drag terribly. As a result, I ended up watching the last 15 minutes or so in fast forward and was distinctly unimpressed by the ending.

If you like low-budget British horror films, you may enjoy this, but otherwise, leave well alone.

Overall Marks : 3.5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Andrew Howard also starred in the 2010 remake of "I Spit on Your Grave".

  • The term "Devil's Chair" is a nickname given to the various types of restraint chairs used by police, correctional facilities and mental health facilities in the United States to restrain violent prisoners or patients.

  • Polly Brown also starred in the 2006 horror film "Paradise Lost" (AKA Turistas).

  • The derelict Blackwater Asylum building was actually the old officers mess at former RAF Upwood, a disused RAF camp in Cambridge which is currently used as an industrial estate. The building itself is currently used by paintballers and airsoft skirmishers.

  • Nadja Band and Olivia Hill, who play The Nurse and Dr Clairbourne respectively, previously starred together in the 2006 horror "Broken" which was also by director Adam Mason.

  • Veteran British actor David Gant has appeared in numerous highly acclaimed movies over the years, including "Ghandi", "Brazil" and "Braveheart". His horror credits include Wes Craven's "Dracula 2 : The Ascension", "Cold and Dark" and "Outpost 2 : Black Sun".

  • The Mental Health hospital Nick is committed to was actually Hitchenbrook House, a former Tudor Country House, which is currently used as a conference centre.

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