Asylum (I) (1972)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  17 November 1972 (USA)
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In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie (segment: "Frozen Fear")
Walter (segment: "Frozen Fear")
Ruth (segment: "Frozen Fear")
Smith (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
Bruno (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
Ann Firbank ...
Anna (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Stebbins (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
Lucy (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
Barbara (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
James Villiers ...
George (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
Megs Jenkins ...
Miss Higgins (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
Byron (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Patrick Magee ...
Dr. Rutherford (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Max (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Dr. Martin (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")


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 <>

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Release Date:

17 November 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House of Crazies  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Peter Cushing filmed his part in two days. See more »


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 »


Dr. Martin: Working with the mentally disturbed... can lead to a breakdown.
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Follows The Psychopath (1966) See more »


A Night on Bald Mountain
Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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User Reviews

Fun horror film
21 July 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is a fun film to watch if your after a good horror flick. Sometimes it verges on cheesy but there's enough creepy moments to prevent it being tacky. Some great performances especially from Charlotte Rampling. The story goes along fine until the end when it looses its way slightly. However, this is a good horror film which shows that you don't need blood and gore to make a horror film. The soundtrack adds to the mood of the film. This is written by the same man who wrote Psycho, which is evident in the Barbara story(think Norman Bates). I would recommend avid horror films to watch this film especially if you like a twist at the end of a film. Watch out for Patrick Magee (from A Clockwork Orange)who has the role a doctor in this film.

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