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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.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Complete credited cast:
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 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 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")
Robert Powell ... Dr. Martin (segment "Mannikins of Horror")
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Max (segment "Mannikins of Horror")
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Storyline

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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The doctor makes his last house call. See more »

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Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Crazies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Huge fun
18 July 2004 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Another in the line of 70's hammer horror, Asylum is yet again a gloriously camp and cliched horror flick complete with manic characters, incredibly OTT acting, mansion/haunted castle type locations, and of course, fog.

Asylum follows a young new qualified psychiatrist called Dr Martin, dryly played by a very young Robert Powell. He's applying for a job at an asylum and the interview is a far more bizarre one than any applicant for a new position would be used to.

He is greeted by Dr Rutherford, who appears to be the chairman figurehead of the asylum, who will interview him to establish his suitability.

However, it turns out there is a twist here, because in order to get the new job, Dr Martin is told he must successfully identify who is Dr Starr, the head of the institution. Simple you might think. Unfortunately Dr Starr is now a patient after attacking Rutherford and paralysing him from the waist down. Martin will be given a tour of 'upstairs' by Reynolds, the asylum orderly, and be taken round each case in order to see if he can identify which one really is Starr.

This leads to compendium style stories as we look back into the past of each patient - which one of these stories is actually true?

It must be said the whole cast appear to be having a whole heck of a lot of fun, and star turns from the likes of Patrick Magee, Peter Cushing, Brit Ekland and Charlotte Rampling ensure there's a quality behind the lunacies.

Daft in places? Of course! Archaic? Without a doubt! Fantastic fun and satisfying? Indeed!

Well worth seeing.


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