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Asylum (1972)

PG | | Horror | 17 November 1972 (USA)
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")
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Miss Higgins (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Byron (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
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Dr. Rutherford (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
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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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Peter Cushing filmed his part in two days. 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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Dr. Martin: Working with the mentally disturbed... can lead to a breakdown.
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Pictures at an Exhibition
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Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Very entertaining horror anthology with a first rate cast.
18 February 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Asylum' holds a special place in my heart as watching it on TV as a kid in the 70s is one of my earliest horror memories, along with Rod Serling's almost forgotten series 'Night Gallery' and the underrated Cushing/Lee movie 'The Creeping Flesh'. I watched 'Asylum' the other day for the first time in oh, twenty years at least, and while it wasn't anywhere near as scary as I remember it to be, it's still one of the better horror anthologies of the period. It's helped considerably by having Robert Bloch adapt his own stories, Roy Ward Baker ('The Vampire Lovers', 'Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde') as the director, and it features a first rate cast including horror legends Peter Cushing, Patrick Magee, and Herbert Lom. The most effective stories for me were the two in the middle - the one with Barry Morse as a tailor with a mysterious client (Cushing), and the other with a fragile Charlotte Rampling being led astray by the sexy Britt Ekland. 'Asylum' has a few flaws sure, but it's still a very entertaining film, and horror buffs will enjoy it.


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