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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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Arguably Amicus's Best Film See more (58 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Todd has stated in interviews that he regrets making this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the landlord of the tailor holds up his rent book, it alternates hands between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Martin:Working with the mentally disturbed... can lead to a breakdown.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Monster Mania (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pictures at an ExhibitionSee more »

FAQ

Are these based on short stories?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Arguably Amicus's Best Film, 2 February 2007
Author: m2mallory from California

From the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s the British-based film studio Amicus was a rival to the more famous and productive Hammer Films. Amicus didn't go in for Gothics, as a rule, but they mastered the art of the so-called "portmanteau" film, where four or five short stories are presented within a linking framework. They also mastered the art of hiring noted(and often very fine) British actors for only a day or two's worth of shooting, so that the final product ends up with an all-star cast. "Asylum" followed 1965's "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors," which was immensely fun, if incredibly cheap; 1967's "Torture Garden," 1970's "The House that Dripped Blood," and 1972's "Tales From the Crypt," and one can argue that it is the best of the lot ("The Vault of Horror" and "From Beyond the Grave" followed in 1973, and the mini-genre wrapped up in 1980 with "The Monster Club," but all of those were somewhat inferior to the earlier films). The success of "Asylum" is not simply due to it's terrific cast -- Peter Cushing (who appeared in nearly all of Amicus's portmanteau films), Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Richard Todd, Britt Ekland, Barbara Parkins, Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Sims, Robert Powell, Barry Morse and the undersung Geoffrey Bayldon -- or its intriguing stories by American author Robert Bloch (who also scripted "Torture Garden" and "House that Dripped Blood"), but also the down-to-earth direction by Roy Ward Baker. Baker manages to keep his, Bloch's, and his actors' tongues all out of their cheeks, and the film is all the better for it.

The framing story concerns a new doctor (Powell) interviewing at a remote asylum, and being challenged by the doctor in charge (Magee, a brilliant Shakespearean actor who all too often ended up doing inferior horror films) to identify the former director of the place, who is now an inmate. As Powell interviews the various inmates, the different stories ensue. For horror film fans, the best story is the first one (which was not the first one in the script, but was elevated to that position over Bloch's objections); while not giving the plot away, suffice to say that it takes a story device that could have been rendered very cheesily and makes it wonderfully effective and creepy. Amicus buffs, meanwhile, will recognize the linking story as probably the most effective and logical of any in the portmanteau series of films. The remaining stories are all fine, with the most outré being the one that Cushing stars in.

"Asylum" is definitely worth, uh, checking into.

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