Set in an asylum for the criminally insane, MEDIUM RAW is a dark, sometime humorous, foray into madness. The plot centers on The Wolf, a notorious serial killer responsible for the murders of 14 young girls. One of the victim's brother is the cop who finally captures The Wolf. The Wolf ends up in the asylum and on Christmas Eve, a power outage results in the release of all the inmates who go on a murderous rampage.
Cop Johnny is played by Andrew Czymek, who also wrote the screenplay and directed. His performance is wooden and bland, sabotaging the film's effectiveness. Equally abyssmal is Brigitte Kingsley, who also produced, as the doctor who is also Johnny's bosomy estranged wife. Kingsley shows no emotional range and is often pathetically inept. X-FILE's Cigarette Man (William B. Davis) is mostly effective as the asylum director who is quite sinister. The best performances, however, come from the actors who play Mabel, the crazed cannibal and Oliver, the naked foot fetishist. Mabel's cooking lesson on how to prepare a human souffle is quite funny.
MEDIUM RAW is occasionally involving but its plot twist is fairly obvious. The Wolf costume is creepy and unique. Not a classic film, but not a turkey either.