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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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Cast

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 ... 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")
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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a polite warning: This House is Not a Home! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vermicelli was used for the robots' insides. See more »

Goofs

When the landlord of the tailor holds up his rent book, it alternates hands between shots. 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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Connections

Follows The House That Dripped Blood (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Pictures at an Exhibition
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Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Douglas Gamley
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I never realized how hot Britt Ekland is!
22 May 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I must admit that when I read the box and saw the cast of "Asylum" includes Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland and Herbert Lom, I thought to myself "Dr. Van Helsing, Peter Sellers's ex, and Insp. Clouseau's boss in a horror flick. Whoa." It turns out that while parts of the movie come out a little flat, it's some pretty cool entertainment. Portraying a neophyte doctor coming to an insane asylum and having to guess which patient is the former head doctor, they know how to do most things right.

The vignettes show two people plotting to kill a woman who, unbeknownst to them, practiced voodoo; a tailor having to make a most unusual suit; a woman and her "friend"; and a mannequin maker. Ah, but wait until you find out who the former doctor is! Not that this really relates to anything, but I never realized how hot Britt Ekland is! I've seen her in a few movies, but in none has she sent my hormones as wild as she did here. Of course, I just go crazy for any of those blonde actresses from the '60s (others include Barbara Eden and Elke Sommer).

So, this movie isn't any kind of masterpiece, but it doesn't pretend to be. Just nice, silly entertainment. Also starring Patrick Magee (the wheelchair man from "A Clockwork Orange") and Charlotte Rampling.


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