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Writer:
Robert Bloch (written by)
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Release Date:
17 November 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
See what the author of "Psycho" is up to now! See more »
Plot:
A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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ASYLUM (Roy Ward Baker, 1972) *** See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Parkins ... Bonnie (segment: "Frozen Fear")

Richard Todd ... Walter (segment: "Frozen Fear")

Sylvia Syms ... Ruth (segment: "Frozen Fear")

Peter Cushing ... Smith (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
Barry Morse ... Bruno (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
Ann Firbank ... Anna (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Stebbins (segment: "The Weird Tailor")

Britt Ekland ... Lucy (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")

Charlotte Rampling ... Barbara (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
James Villiers ... George (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
Megs Jenkins ... Miss Higgins (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")

Herbert Lom ... Byron (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Patrick Magee ... Dr. Rutherford (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Max (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")

Robert Powell ... Dr. Martin (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Sylvia Marriott ... Asylum Head Nurse (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")

Daniel Johns ... Otto the Dummy (segment: "The Weird Tailor") (as Daniel Jones)
Frank Forsyth ... Asylum Gatekeeper (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
Tony Wall ... New Houseman (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")

Directed by
Roy Ward Baker 
 
Writing credits
Robert Bloch (written by)

Produced by
Gustave M. Berne .... executive producer (as Gustave Berne)
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley 
 
Cinematography by
Denys N. Coop (director of photography) (as Denys Coop)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
 
Casting by
Ronnie Curtis 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... chief make-up
Joan Carpenter .... chief hairdresser
 
Production Management
Teresa Bolland .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Fred Carter .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Norman Bolland .... sound mixer
Bob Jones .... dubbing mixer (as Robert Jones)
Clive Smith .... sound editor
Mike Tucker .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ernie Sullivan .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe mistress
 
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"House of Crazies" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trivia:
The movie started shooting in early April of 1972 and was playing in West End cinemas 15 weeks later.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[Byron shows Dr. Martin the dolls he's been making]
Byron:These are not ordinary figures. The eyes were made to see. Inside each skull is a perfectly proportioned brain, perfectly capable of functioning.
Dr. Martin:You talk about them as if they were alive.
Byron:Hm. That's the final step.
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Soundtrack:
A Night on Bald MountainSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
ASYLUM (Roy Ward Baker, 1972) ***, 22 October 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Linking story: this was one I had for some reason missed out on a number of times on TV, and I'm certainly glad I've watched it now in this definitive DVD edition; it has perhaps the best linking narrative of the three Amicus anthologies in the set, with Moussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain" music (to say nothing of a remarkable sequence of shots where the protagonist, and us with him, is mesmerized by a number of disturbing illustrations that are lined up on the walls along the asylum staircase) effectively setting the scene for its rather weird psychological concept that someone can 'hide' in the person of another (actually recalling the original story that THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD [1951] was based on, though I wonder how intentional this was...then again, John Carpenter's 1982 version was still ten years away, so perhaps Robert Bloch thought that an idea discarded by Howard Hawks was certainly good enough for him!); anyway, the cast is pretty strong even for a mere 'device' such as this sequence appears to be (alas, the one with John Bryans and John Bennett for THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD [1970] doesn't quite cut it in comparison though, as in that film, the fourth story here is effectively integrated with the scene-setting narrative), led by a fresh-faced but credible Robert Powell, a surprisingly subdued Patrick Magee and the characteristically Machiavellian figure of Geoffrey Bayldon.

"Frozen Fear": while no one individual episode particularly stands out from the rest, all are played for what they're worth by a succession of fine performers starting with Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd and Sylvia Syms in the first story; the central idea of dismembered limbs taking a life of their own is preposterous really (though I guess it can be explained by the mystical amulet worn by the Sylvia Syms character) but quite cleverly done actually (and it's certainly not a first - or last - for Amicus themselves); it does, however, give a distinctly surrealistic flavor to the scene that kind of offsets its inherent grimness and sensationalism.

"The Weird Tailor": the second story is also the longest and, in a way, most effective one; Barry Morse dominates this segment as the pitiful tailor asked by the mysterious and typically fussy Peter Cushing (who gets a memorable entrance here) to make him a suit from a rare and very special fabric; the center-piece takes place in Cushing's mausoleum-like mansion, where the grief he shows over his dead son is all too real for the actor himself - having lost his beloved wife of many years only a few months before (in fact, I'm surprised Cushing accepted such a role); the final twist is quite effective, and also looks forward to the fourth episode in the film.

"Lucy Comes To Stay": there is some consternation regarding this segment because it is said to slow down the film (allegedly it was originally intended as the opening story but producer Milton Subotsky changed the order of the scenes in Robert Bloch's script around) but I really didn't feel that it affected the overall pace of the film in any major way; if anything, it's the most 'realistic' of the four episodes (preceding the last, and perhaps most fanciful, tale) with fine performances by all concerned but especially, of course, Charlotte Rampling and Britt Ekland - whose relationship to one another (misleadingly hinting at lesbianism throughout) is a bit too close for comfort; the final revelation is not particularly startling in this case, but subtly handled nonetheless.

"Mannikins Of Horror": its 'soul transference' concept tying up to a degree with the main idea of the film, this bizarre installment is taken as far as it can go without crossing the boundary into the ridiculous; the robots on display here are clumsy, unattractive machines but their 'supernatural' connotations (echoes also of the superb "Sweets To The Sweet" story from THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD) certainly make for an effectively nasty climax, and Herbert Lom is persuasive in his small but incredible role; as in THE BEAST MUST DIE (1974), by the end we have to guess the true identity of one of the characters we got to meet during the course of the film - this one is not too difficult perhaps, but the sudden burst of violence that it produces (not to mention an ironic conclusion) gives the whole an unsettling power that is hard to shake off!

Now to the disc itself and the accompanying extras: like the other entries in this Collection, we get a very good transfer indeed under the circumstances. The Audio Commentary is a well-balanced talk with director Roy Ward Baker producing the factoids, while cameraman Neil Binney handles the more technical aspects of the production; Jonathan Sothcott efficiently moderates the discussion. The featurette "Inside The Fear Factory" is a fun little documentary that takes a peek into the Amicus filmography; unfortunately, it is rather short for its purpose and the footage it presents is restricted to the films on offer in this Box Set (which seems to indicate, regrettably, that Anchor Bay UK do not currently have a follow-up set in the pipeline!). Film notes, bios and a poster/stills gallery are typical of the stuff that comes with each disc in the Collection.

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