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½ October 29, 2016
One of many portmanteau films from Amicus (an also-ran competitor for Hammer in England back in the 1960s and 1970s) but not a patch on the great original horror anthology, Dead of Night (1945) from Britain's Ealing Studios. These films always have a framing device to hold their separate stories together and Asylum's conceit is that a young psychiatrist visiting the titular institution needs to decide which of the patients is actually the head clinician, now an inmate. The missing doctor could be male or female, young or old. The four stories are told in flashback by the various patients and suggest why they went insane. A couple of the stories are quite spooky. The first, in which a husband kills his wife and cuts her up into pieces that then come back to attack him and his mistress/the patient, is eerie enough. So, too, is the third where young Charlotte Rampling is "assisted" by Britt Ekland in dealing with her domineering brother and her addiction to pills. There are other stars here too (Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom) but their stories are less spooky if not without a creepy moment or two. Of course, there is a "trick" ending to bring things together again. Amicus made six or seven of these anthologies and really they aren't a bad way to spend your Halloween, which was always going to be a mixed bag of tricks and treats anyway.
February 27, 2016
WOW.....WOW....SUCH AN ENJOYABLE MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A FANTASTIC CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A FANTASTIC MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH SUCH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE....... ITS GOT SUCH A FANTASTIC SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE IT IS SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE 2 WATCH WITH A BRILLIANT CAST THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE........
February 8, 2016
Don't diss this movie or you will have me to deal with Amicus cracker
December 20, 2015
An oldie and a goodie. A man investigates 4 in mates at an asylum in separate stories and each have a twist in the tale. Some great stars in this from Rampling to Eklund. This has dated but its still great
½ November 7, 2015
Great late nite movie..Barbara Parkins (Valley Of The Dolls) is great as the body parts chase her around the la-bor-a-tory (pronounce it the British way) trying to chop her up too.
October 22, 2015
Horror 'anthology' film from Amicus Studios back in 1972.
Amicus were the lesser known 'rival' to the more well known UK based Hammer Studios.
Amicus films were often anthology driven and this film is such sn example. When I say anyhology I mean that it features several stories intertwined into the films main architecture. Here 4 stories are told about patients at an asylum.
A young Doctor (Robert Powell) has a rather unorthodox job interview. Instead of answering questions fired to him by an interviewer he has the task of identifying a doctor who has become a patient at the asylum. 4 patients are featured and their stories of how they became patients at the asylum form the backbone to the film.
The cast is pretty good for a low budget British horror from the 1970s featuring the legendary Peter Cushing and Britt Ekland who would later be cast as a Bond girl in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).
The musical score is a trifle overpowering truth be told becoming a distraction.
The director Roy Ward Baker was an old hand at directing such films.
Entertaining, no frills British 'B' film.
½ September 18, 2015
Robert Bloch-penned early 70s Amicus anthology movie that doesn't score any points for its sensitive handling of mental illness but scores plenty of points for having Herbert Lom project his consciousness into a tiny doll. They don't make em like this anymore!
½ May 13, 2015
Between a 6/10 and 7/10, this is an interestingly conceived little horror anthology.
March 29, 2015
Four chilling tales from a British asylum as a visiting Doctor tours the facilities, with each successive inmate telling an individual story. An anthology of horror from Amicus featuring the likes of Peter Cushing that entertains and also sometimes amuses.
January 8, 2015
Impressive collection of short stories as a psychologist talks to 4 patients. Good quality cast as well.
½ November 29, 2014
4 stories in one whole great film.
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November 17, 2014
Another classy portmanteau from Amicus. Not quite in the same league as Vault of Horror this still presents some enjoyable short stories all tied together with Robert Powell in an asylum visiting patients. It's a simple but clever plot device. Amicus were great at these type of films and there are a whole host of stars to see here. A horror classic.
November 7, 2014
Four interlinked horror stories - none of which are that scary, but together it makes for an interesting movie that packs in a fair few recognisable names.
November 2, 2014
Good but a bit samey
October 21, 2010
This is one of the scariest films I ever saw it freaks me out!! The worst thing is how ott it is!! I just remembered it from watching a show called "A History of Horror with Mark Gratiss" You can see how they came up with they're warped shows for the League of Gentlemen watching this stuff. I saw this film as a kid and have always been scared by it ever since Ooooooh!!
April 30, 2010
This horror gem seems quaint by today's standards but it's still worth the rental. I love British horror from the early 70s and this one doesn't disappoint. It features several short tales told within the confines of a larger story, in which a doctor must figure out which asylum patient used to be the doctor running the institute. Herbert Lom's piece is my least favorite. Charlotte Rampling's is good just for the fact that she was so lovely to watch. In some ways, this movie reminds me of the old Night Gallery series.
April 27, 2010
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Super Reviewer
April 29, 2009
A new doctor arrives at an institution for the incurably insane and sets about the task of identifying which of the inmates is the hospital's former administrator. Along the way we're treated to four episodic tales of horror. A mistress who's lover chopped his wife up in separate pieces and stored her in a freezer. A tailor who is contracted to construct a suit that will raise the dead. A disturbed woman tormented by her beautiful but murderous 'best friend'. And finally a man of medicine who is convinced he can transfer the souls of men in to the tiny toy robots that he himself constructs.

For low budget English horror this really isn't bad stuff. If you're a fan of such films as Tales of Terror and Creepshow then this might be right up your alley.
October 12, 2006
Asylum
Starring: Robert Powell, Partrick Magee, Herbert Lom, Barry Morse, Barbara Parkins, Britt Ekland, Charlotte Rampling, and Peter Cushing
Director: Roy Ward Baker


Dr. Martin (Powell) is charged with a most unusual final test before being hired for a position at an insane asylum: He must interview several inmates and deduce which of them is the former director of the facility.

"Asylum" is another of those very excellent horror anthology films from the '60s and '70s. This one uses Dr. Martin's final employment test as its framing story (although, in this film, the frame is itself a little twist-ending horror tale that) and the interviews with four of the inmates are the short horrors we are treated to.

First up, we have what is probably the weakest of the bunch... a story where a murdered wife who reanimates to take revenge on her husband and is lover (Parkins), despite having been dismembered and neatly wrapped in a number of individual packages. Athough predictable and goofy, the images of the writhing packages and the capper to the story as it ends and gives way to the frame more than make up for the weak story.

Second, there's the story of a desperately broke tailor (Morse) who receives a most unusual commission from a greiving father (Cushing), and in the end, we learn the lesson that tailorshops and occultism should be kept seperate. This tale is a bit slow-moving, but its beautifully shot, and Morse and Cushing both give excellent performances.

Third, we have the story of Barbara (Rampling) who, after being released from an insane asylum, promptly murders her brother and nurse. Barbara blames the evil Lucy (Ekland) for committing the crime and framing her, but is reality being filtered through the mind of a mad woman? This story is pretty basic and it works first and foremost due to the great performance of Ekland.

Finally, we have the tale of Dr. Byron (Lom), a medical man who has come to believe he can transfer his mind into dolls that he creates. Unlike the other three, this story is not a flashback, but instead takes place in the present and within the asylum walls. It is the most clever and surprising of the bunch, and the way it merges with the framing story is particularly horrific and grand. It's a great closer to a fine collection of stories.

To make this package even better, the film features some nice camera work and a great music score (that is especially effective in the Rampling/Ekland sequence).

Gorehounds won't find a lot of enjoyment in this film, but fans of classic British horror films will probably love "Asylum".
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