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Shock Asylum (1997)

A routine psychiatric evaluation goes awry when the protagonist is perceived as 'reluctant and angry'.


Dan Dinello


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Credited cast:
Stephen Colbert ... Dr. Dewalt
Paul Dinello ... Mr. Gaxton
Jodi Lennon ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Allman Scott Allman ... Buck
Eric Brandenburger Eric Brandenburger ... Patient
Bryan Dinello Bryan Dinello ... Attendant
Van Flandern Van Flandern ... Woods Woman
David Pasquesi ... Spokesman
Aaron Rhodes Aaron Rhodes ... Horace
Constance Van Flandern Constance Van Flandern ... Woods Woman


A routine psychiatric evaluation goes awry when the protagonist is perceived as 'reluctant and angry'.

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Comedy | Short



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19 January 2013 | by harpy-586-446497See all my reviews

Shock Asylum is a black and white twisted dark comedy short co-directed by Dan Dinello & Paul Dinello (Uncle & Nephew). The film follows patient Mr. Gaxton who arrives at Phrenia State Hospital for a routine psychological exam required by his corporate employer. A brief examination by a mad psychiatrist (Stephen Colbert) finds Mr. Gaxton to be "angry & uncooperative." It leads to series of therapies that includes shock therapy and some other surprises - all in the name of "trying to help you." Colbert and Dinello are hilarious - they made this before Strangers With Candy & the Colbert Report, while working in Chicago at 2nd City. The video is only available from shockproductions.com on a compilation that includes Beyond the Door (Colbert & Dinello) & Wheels of Fury (Dinello & Sedaris), both of which are also hilarious.

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