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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.

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Barbara (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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George (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Max (segment: "Mannikins of Horror")
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Anna (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
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Miss Higgins (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
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Stebbins (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
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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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Ian Bannen was considered for Walter. See more »

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In the first story, when the parts of the dismembered corpse are moving around, two right hands appear, one crawling on the floor and the second reaching down for Bonnie's face. 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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Follows Torture Garden (1967) See more »

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Pictures at an Exhibition
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Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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Very entertaining horror anthology with a first rate cast.
18 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

'Asylum' holds a special place in my heart as watching it on TV as a kid in the 70s is one of my earliest horror memories, along with Rod Serling's almost forgotten series 'Night Gallery' and the underrated Cushing/Lee movie 'The Creeping Flesh'. I watched 'Asylum' the other day for the first time in oh, twenty years at least, and while it wasn't anywhere near as scary as I remember it to be, it's still one of the better horror anthologies of the period. It's helped considerably by having Robert Bloch adapt his own stories, Roy Ward Baker ('The Vampire Lovers', 'Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde') as the director, and it features a first rate cast including horror legends Peter Cushing, Patrick Magee, and Herbert Lom. The most effective stories for me were the two in the middle - the one with Barry Morse as a tailor with a mysterious client (Cushing), and the other with a fragile Charlotte Rampling being led astray by the sexy Britt Ekland. 'Asylum' has a few flaws sure, but it's still a very entertaining film, and horror buffs will enjoy it.


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