V/H/S and The ABCs of Death attempted to revive the horror anthology by following the lead of Tales From the Darkside and Creepshow and using hooks to tie their stories together. V/H/S used a wraparound story concerning a gang of horrible criminals sent to steal a V/H/S tape from the home of an old man. While searching for the tape, the misogynistic crew watch tapes filled with strange stories that are supposed to be terrifying. The ABCs of Death had one very short film for each letter of the alphabet. I admit I got bored with ABCs and stopped watching before the end. Both of the 2012 releases also had several directors working on the various stories within the films.
In my opinion, both films fell horribly flat. In the case of V/H/S, the acting was terrible, none of the stories were scary, there were no likeable characters (although arguments can be made for the last story in the film overcoming all of my complaints), and it seemed that there were boobs for no reason other than “HEY! BOOBIES! HUR HUR HUR HUR!”. The ABCs of Death started oddly with A, I can’t remember B, C was intriguing, and when we got to “F is for Fart” I gave up. I say that as someone that thinks fart jokes are hilarious. I thought it was unfunny and horribly done. Oh, also clearly NOT SCARY.
Now we have Sanitarium, a horror anthology with three different stories taking place in a mental hospital and narrated by Malcolm McDowell. Bryan Ramirez (Mission Park, assistant camera on “American Idol”), Kerry Valderrama (Garrison and some acting parts), and Bryan Oritz (Doctor S Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies: The Movie) are the three directors tasked with bringing the terror to the screen. I don’t think they have the ability to do so.
In the trailer we see John Glover looking very Sideshow Bob, Lou Diamond Phillips, implied sex and nudity, Lacey Chabert, McDowell peering in a window, and then quick cuts of nothing that catches my eye. I’ll still reserve full judgement until I’ve seen it, but I am prepared to be disappointed.