Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories.
What We Thought:
I wanted to like Eloise. It has a cast I like including Eliza Dushku, Robert Patrick and overall I don’t mind Chace Crawford. Unfortunately the film just ends up being your standard supernatural horror film of today.
The synopsis says 4 friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. That’s half right. Chace Crawford’s character can inherit over a million dollars because his father died, that’s true, but not all of them were friends. He is friends with Brandon T. Jackson, but the other 2 (Dushku and PJ Byrne’s character) had never met Crawford and Jackson till that day.
Byrne plays Dushku’s brother who has issues. He might be Autistic or something similar. He’s an expert on the asylum and they use his knowledge and maps to get inside. Up until this point I’m perfectly ok with the movie. It’s not great or anything, but at least I can follow along.
Then it totally loses itself. Somehow the characters of today get transported back 30 years and they are all connected. Dushku and Byrne’s mother was a nurse there. Crawford’s aunt is a patient with a twist. Robert Patrick plays the doctor running the place, but he also has a connection to the group.
Through this supernatural experience Crawford learns the truth about himself. Dushku and her mother end up playing a major role in this truth and it makes sense, but how it happens doesn’t. There’s a big fire that closed the place 30 years ago and they hint at how it got started, but it doesn’t make sense. It just lost me.
I’m not a huge fan of today’s supernatural horror to begin with. Give me old school slasher any day. But I like cast so I was hoping Eloise would be decent because of them. It just made no sense by the end though.
Cast & Crew:
- Chace Crawford
- Eliza Dushku
- Robert Patrick
- Nicole Forester
- Brandon T. Jackson
Recommended If You Like:
- Today’s Horror
- Haunted Asylum Films
- Supernatural jumpscares