Asylum (House of Crazies) Reviews
Worth a rental, but nothing too special.
Directed by Roy Ward Baker.
Written by Robert Bloch.
This Amicus production is another of the short horror story anthologies that the Brits did so very well in the 60s & 70s.
Written by Robert Bloch (yes...he, of Psycho fame!) & boasting a stellar cast (Peter Cushing, Robert Powell, Patrick Magee, Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland & Herbert Lom), this little gem of a film has all of the hallmarks of classic British horror that we know & love.....from the crumbling manor-house that-has-seen-better-days set, to the lush, gothic décor, to the anachronistic placement of the story in current times played to the dramatic max by the 'hot' young stars of the day (all funkily decked out in the obligatory latest hair, fashion & make-up).
These films are always such a terrific blast from a more innocent past that it hardly seems important that there is usually only one good story amongst the lot (in this case, it is the Peter Cushing story about a roll of magical cloth from which he hopes to have a suit made by an unsuspecting tailor that will bring his dead son back to life).
On a sour note, it did not escape my attention that the use of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain (which was put to such great atmospheric effect as the opening theme music to the film) was completely unacknowledged. Maybe the copyright had expired? Even so, rather shabby, I say.
****4 out of 5 stars****