When she was a child, Iris convinced her friends to enter an abandoned insane asylum so they could film a homemade horror movie. One wrong turn in the asylum trapped the children inside for the entire night, scarring them for the rest of their lives.
As an adult, Iris digs deeper into the asylum’s twisted history of botched lobotomies and torture chambers. To move on from the past, she must go back to the asylum, and into the depths of hell.


from left to right, actors: Megan Truong, Martina D’Ovidio, Tiffany Kieu, Pearce Joza, Alex Gruenenfelder (photography by Adam Boggs)

The Purgation is Elaine Chu’s directorial debut. The story is loosely based on her own experience exploring the Wood County Insane Asylum.

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