Asylum

Asylum

Roy Ward Baker (1972)

82min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This rippingly good terror anthology of Psycho author Robert Bloch's tales showcases reanimated, dismembered limbs, a magic suit, homicidal split personalities and tiny murdering robots. There's an ingenious linking device - each story is a mental patient's case history - building to a Grand Guignol twist finale, and the excellent cast (including Robert Powell, Herbert Lom and Peter Cushing) wrings every ounce of horror from a clever script. It's handsomely mounted - the confines of the asylum's cells are bleakly oppressive - and adroitly directed by horror veteran Roy Ward Baker, and the underplayed black humour comes as a welcome plus.

Summary

A psychiatrist interviews four patients in a mental hospital, and hears the terrifying stories of the events that led to them being committed, involving revenge from beyond their grave, a suit with disturbing qualities, a deadly sibling rivalry and all-too lifelike toys. Horror anthology, starring Robert Powell, Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland and Charlotte Rampling.

Cast & Crew

Dr Martin Robert Powell
Smith Peter Cushing
Lucy Britt Ekland
Byron Herbert Lom
Dr Rutherford Patrick Magee
Barbara Charlotte Rampling
Walter Richard Todd
Bonnie Barbara Parkins
Bruno Barry Morse
Ruth Sylvia Syms
George James Villiers
Max Geoffrey Bayldon
Anna Ann Firbank
Miss Higgins Megs Jenkins
Stebbins John Franklyn-Robbins
Director Roy Ward Baker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video and DVD
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