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Asylum (I) (1972)

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A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment. He hears stories about 1) the revenge of a murdered wife, 2) a tailor who makes a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Smith (segment 2 "The Weird Tailor")
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Lucy (segment 3 "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Dr. Byron (segment 4 "Mannikins of Horror")
Patrick Magee ...
Dr. Lionel Rutherford (segment 4 "Mannikins of Horror")
Barry Morse ...
Bruno (segment 2 "The Weird Tailor")
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Bonnie (segment 1 "Frozen Fear")
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Dr. Martin (segment 4 "Mannikins of Horror")
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Barbara (segment 3 "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Ruth (segment 1 "Frozen Fear")
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Walter (segment 1 "Frozen Fear")
James Villiers ...
George (segment 3 "Lucy Comes to Stay")
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Max Reynolds (segment 4 "Mannikins of Horror")
Ann Firbank ...
Anna (segment 2 "The Weird Tailor")
Megs Jenkins ...
Nurse Higgins (segment 3 "Lucy Comes to Stay")
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Mr. Stebbins (segment 2 "The Weird Tailor")
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A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment. He hears stories about 1) the revenge of a murdered wife, 2) a tailor who makes a suit with some highly unusual qualities, 3) a woman who questions her sanity when it appears that her brother is conspiring against her, and 4) a man who builds tiny toy robots with lifelike human heads. Written by Wes Clark <wclark@uspto.gov>

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Look at the leg that creeps - but there's no body. See more »

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17 November 1972 (USA)  »

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House of Crazies  »

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Trivia

Arthur Grant was booked as director of photography but three weeks before shooting discovered he was terminally Ill and had to reluctantly drop out. Denys N. Coop stepped in at short notice. See more »

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When Bonnie is being chased by a severed arm crawling along the floor, a crew member's hand is visible, holding the arm to make it appear as if it is moving. See more »

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[Smith orders an expensive suit, but tells the tailor he can only work on the garment after midnight]
Smith: I happen to believe in astrology... there must be no mistake.
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Follows Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) See more »

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A Night on Bald Mountain
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Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Creepy and diverge horror stories in an appropriate setting. Great Amicus-fun!
4 May 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Guided by a genuine musical score, a young doctor is driving towards an asylum for the `incurably insane'…This is the fourth horror omnibus by the specialist production company Amicus. `Asylum' is determined and effective horror, done without too much humor or decoration elements. Fairly new and definitely creative about this anthology is the narrative. The so-called wraparound story involves a young applicant-psychiatrist put to a test by the director of the asylum. Through listening to the stories of 4 patients, he has to make out which one of them is the previous director gone mad! This little extra, interactive elements gives more tension to the film and, as a viewer, you're automatically searching along. The stories themselves vary from simple to ingenious, climaxing in a cheerfully gruesome finale. The first story isn't exactly original and covers the well-known matter of adultery and revenge. Some nice over-the-top scenery in this tale, as well as some pretty good acting. The second tale is a lot better already and features Peter Cushing! Cushing often shows up in these Amicus productions and this time, he plays a mysteriously occult man who approaches a tailor with a strange request. This chapter is very atmospheric, stressing the poverty and the desperate need for money by the tailor (Barry Morse). The premise is silly and not well worked out, but the tension and chills triumph. I didn't care at all for the third story as it's just a lame variant on the `schizophrenic'-theme. It's obvious from the beginning and I wonder why they even bothered to show it as a mystery. The only aspect that made this chapter even bearable was the presence of England's fines female beauties! Charlotte Rampling was rather gorgeous around the time Asylum was shot and the absolute siren in this film is the ravishing Britt Ekland. If you're not familiar with her, run out to the nearest videostore and get yourself a copy of `The Wicker Man' now!! The fourth and final story is close to brilliant and actually takes place IN the wraparound story, which is pretty unique. Veteran actor Herbert Lom stars in this tale that enlightens a whole new kind of `voodoo'. It has blood-thirsty, lifelike manikins and it's bloody good fun. A creepy highlight and an appropriate closure to a good film. Sure as hell recommended for the British horror fans amongst you! Asylum is well written by Robert Bloch (who adapted his own stories) and solidly directed by Roy Ward Baker, who also did some good work for the famous `Hammer' corporation.

If I may proclaim some shameless promotion: Asylum recently got re-released in a worthy Amicus Box Set! The set is uniquely shaped like a coffin and contains – besides Asylum – other highlights such as `The House that Dripped Blood', `The Beast Must Die', `And now the Screaming Starts' and `Dr. Terror's House of Horror'. Trust me, it'll look great in your collection.


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