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½ January 18, 2018
Pretty bad schlockfest of a film. The acting is so over the top, but not enough to be campy. The premise and twist are okay and there's a couple hilarious bits in it, but not enough to recommend.
½ July 12, 2017
The 2nd worst film I've ever seen. In a nut shell, it's a horrible look at a world without pronouns. Dr. Stevens!
February 24, 2017
Good movie but did not enjoy as much as other movies
½ February 22, 2016
Low-budget but a fair horror about lunatics taking over the asylum.
November 3, 2015
I cannot, in good conscience, give this more than two stars, but it is nonetheless a guilty pleasure of mine.
The plot: a new nurse arrives at a house full of mental patients immediately after one of the patients has murdered the doctor who would have been her boss. Now she must get to know the patients with only the guide of a stern Head Nurse, and the more she learns, the more she suspects that something just ain't right around here.

For a thrift store budget horror flick from the 70s, it's actually not that baaaa... ok yeah, it is pretty awful. BUT! There is something about it that kinda sucked me in. After all, the bad actors are mostly playing insane people, so the whacko-ness of the characters dresses up the lack of talent. There is a sense of familiarity among the cast like a community theater group that has done a lot of plays together... only now they're trying to make a horror flick.

This is the kind of movie that the Rifftrax crew would have a blast with, and going into it with the so-bad-it's-kinda-good mentality makes this worth a... wait for it... "LOOK".
½ October 22, 2015
Your typical 1970 Drive In movie fair. I'll bet the previews of this movie are better than the actual movie. I enjoyed it.
April 15, 2015
Lacks depth and very silly where nothing happens except mental patients running around to freely act goofy until the climax at the very end.
½ August 7, 2014
Despite having an array of interesting characters and an interesting climax, logic is not this film's strong suit and the twist at the end is in parts predictable.
July 27, 2014
Lacks depth and very silly where nothing happens except mental patients running around to freely act goofy until the climax at the very end.
May 6, 2014
Not a great film. Creepiness and twistedness are wasted in a story that moves slowly and poorly.
½ November 28, 2013
Campy low-budget madness--Go ahead and look!!
October 15, 2013
Had it's ok moments but in all not very good, kind of boring.
½ February 19, 2013
I doubt you will come across this flick, so it should be easy to avoid.
Super Reviewer
July 27, 2012
If you are a Poe fan, then you might have realised that this film is an Adaptation of "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." It was clevely done to say the least if you can just ignore the acting. Certainly a cult favourite, highly enjoyable.
May 6, 2012
I thought this movie was funny, fairly clever plot, Very slow, but if your going back to watch old scary movies what can you expect?
March 31, 2012
Very nice plot twists and a solid ending. Misleading 70s horror titles are always a gamble, but this one is worth a watch.
March 19, 2012
Creepy and full of twists. Interesting characters and a neat story but you have to pay a little attention to it to fully enjoy it. It's not a great horror film, but there are some gory moments and eye openers.
March 3, 2012
Very low-budget, so don't expect much from the effects department. There's buckets of blood near the end, but it is not convincingly done. There is little to no story - just a bunch of mentally deranged characters running around doing whatever they want to do. The acting is terrible (lots of screaming if you like that kind of thing). The direction is choppy. Not much to be gained from viewing this stinker.
½ September 21, 2011
Another of the video nasties that the British courts once deemed so reprehensible that distributing it was deemed a crime. The fact that it has subsequently been passed uncut with a 15 certificate led me to believe that this would be a poor relation of it's more well known contemporaries.

That turned out to be partially true - it's pretty shoddily lensed, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired and the acting is the wrong side of hammy on many occasions but it does actually succeed in lending everything a sense of creeping menace.

The plot revolves around a mental institution for the delusionally insane where the patients are encouraged to live out their fantasy personae in the hope they will eventually reject them. Into this comes a new young nurse who arrives to find the head of the clinic had been killed during an attack by one of the patients and the rest of the residents spiralling into increasing dementia.

Whilst there's plenty of flaws in the film it does start to get under your skin as the various charterers become unceasingly unhinged and very unsettling with it. There's little real action of the 'nasty' variety until the final reel when all hell breaks loose in the institution, but the carnage that ensues is in itself quite gruesome.

So all in all it was much better than I was expecting but would probably have passed into the mists of obscurity had it never been labelled as a 'criminal' film back in the day.
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