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The Keeper (1976)

R | | Drama, Horror, Mystery
The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so ... See full summary »

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The Keeper
Tell Schreiber ...
Dick Driver
Sally Drake ...
Mae B. Jones (as Sally Gray)
Ross Vezarian ...
Inspector Clarke
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The Kid
Bing Jensen ...
Danny
Jack Leavy ...
The Biggs Twins (as Jack)
Leo Leavy ...
The Biggs Twins
Malcolm Britton ...
The Homicide Squad
Michael Meade ...
The Homicide Squad
Burke Lundy ...
The Homicide Squad
David Engleman ...
The Inmates
Wendy Who ...
The Inmates
Victor Mallia ...
The Inmates
Laura Thaw ...
The Inmates
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The Keeper of Underwood Asylum has the mental patients of the wealthiest families in British Columbia. The rest of the family members have been dying under mysterious circumstances, so Biggs hires private investigator Richard Driver, who puts his assistant, Maybelline, in the asylum pretending she is his cousin and that they came from a family where the parents were all first cousins to each other and they decided to keep their love platonic for genetic reasons. Then he tries to get Inspector Clarke to check him in as a narcoleptic who didn't wake up with his body. They all know what the keeper has been doing, but it is a matter of proving it, and avoiding the hypnotized Biggs twins and Danny, who he is able to keep catatonic with his machine. Inspector Clarke gives driver a lot of trouble, and the kid giving shoe shines looks down on everybody, knowing more. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Christopher Lee, master of the macabre, takes you and his patients to the brink of insanity.

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The Keeper says "Feel free to laugh when you see movies so terrible that they are funny!"
27 June 2001 | by (San Francisco, California, United States of America) – See all my reviews

I have recently become a fan of British horror film actor Christopher Lee. I have found that there are bad Christopher Lee movies such as "The Passage," "End of the World," "To The Devil A Daughter," "Bear Island," and "Howling II."

And, then, there is "The Keeper."

Lee plays a psychiatrist who runs a mental asylum for the wealthy and is murdering the relatives of his patients so he can gain access to their fortunes. Many of these murders have been set up to appear as accidents. A private investigator and the police hope to eventually "catch him in the act."

Not even Christopher Lee can save this movie. I found this movie in the Horror section of my video store but it is actually more of a detective movie((Another Lee movie, "The Wicker Man," also combined different genres(Including the Horror movie and Detective story), but please don't try to compare this movie to "The Wicker Man." There is absolutely no comparison.)) At best, parts of the story are unclear. The screenwriters don't even give Lee's character an actual name; he is simply referred to as "The Keeper." Lee's character is somewhat physically disabled and operating completely on his own, so it's not made clear how he is able to commit all of the murders so adeptly. Lee's performance is fine but the rest of the acting in the film is hopelessly amateurish. The film is apparently meant to be a serious suspense film but lame humor is inexplicably weaved throughout the entire story. The hypnosis sequences in the film are absolutely laughable.

For a great Christopher Lee film, see "The Wicker Man," "The Devil Rides Out," and the ORIGINAL "Horror of Dracula."


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