In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

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Bonnie (segment: "Frozen Fear")
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Walter (segment: "Frozen Fear")
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Ruth (segment: "Frozen Fear")
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Smith (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
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Bruno (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
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Anna (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Stebbins (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
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Lucy (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Barbara (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
James Villiers ...
George (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
Megs Jenkins ...
Miss Higgins (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Byron (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Patrick Magee ...
Dr. Rutherford (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Max (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
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Dr. Martin (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
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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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17 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Geoffrey Bayldon was cast at the 11th hour to replace Spike Milligan who dropped out before shooting began. See more »

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When the landlord of the tailor holds up his rent book, it alternates hands between shots. 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...
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Pictures at an Exhibition
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Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Who Is Dr. B. Starr?
1 November 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The young psychiatrist Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) comes to an isolated mental institution for a job interview with Dr. B. Starr; however his associated Dr. Lionel Rutherford (Patrick Magee) tells that the chief doctor had a mental breakdown and now is an inmate. Dr. Rutherford proposes Martin to interview four inmates to find who Dr. Starr is; if he succeeds, he would have the position. He goes upstairs and is received by the nurse Max Reynolds (Geoffrey Bayldon).

1st Interview: Bonnie ("Frozen Fear"): The inmate Bonnie (Barbara Parkins) tells that her lover Walter (Richard Todd) and she have plotted to kill his wealthy wife Ruth (Sylvia Syms), who studies voodoo with a powerful priest, and hide her body in a freezer. Walter dismembers her body and wraps the pieces; however Walter and Bonnie will have a dreadful surprise.

2nd Interview: Bruno ("The Weird Tailor"): The tailor Bruno (Barry Morse) is completely broken and needs money to pay the rent to his landlord Stebbins (John Franklyn-Robbins); otherwise, his wife Anna (Ann Firbank) and he will be evicted. He accepts a weird request from the mysterious Mr. Smith (Peter Cushing) to make a suit for his son. But when the suit is ready, Mr. Smith tells that he has no money to pay for his work and there is a tragic consequence.

3rd Interview: Barbara ("Lucy Comes to Stay"): Barbara (Charlotte Rampling) is released from an asylum under the custody of her brother George (James Villiers) and he brings her home to be nursed by the nurse Miss Higgins (Megs Jenkins). Out of the blue, her best friend Lucy (Britt Ekland) visits her and invites Barbara to flee with her. What will Barbara and Lucy do?

4th Interview: Byron ("Mannikins of Horror"): Dr. Byron (Herbert Lom) explains that he has built organic toys to transfer soul to it. Who might be Dr. Starr?

"Asylum" is a British cult-movie from the 70's divided in four segments. It is good to see Charlotte Rampling and Britt Ekland in the top of their beauties and the always creepy Peter Cushing among others again. Unfortunately this type of sophisticated British horror film is no longer made and remains only in the memory of mature audiences. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Asilo do Terror" ("The Asylum of the Horror")


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