Mark Robson (1946)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Was there ever a star who played sadistic men with as much relish as Boris Karloff? He's given ample room to snarl here as an asylum boss in 18th-century London who interns an innocent woman to stop her from exposing his harsh rule. Intelligently written and acted, with its production design modelled on William Hogarth's engravings, this atmospheric chiller from the Val Lewton stable is let down by Mark Robson's rather pedestrian direction. Despite the agreeable attention paid to historical detail, its talky approach will no doubt turn off fans raised on a diet of slasher fiends like Freddy Kruger and Jason Vorhees.


The sadistic supervisor of a lunatic asylum is enraged when a political reformer wants to put a stop to his cruelty, so has her branded insane and committed to the institution. She conspires with the patients to get revenge for the mistreatment they have suffered. Horror, starring Boris Karloff and Anna Lee.

Cast & Crew

Master Sims Boris Karloff
Nell Bowen Anna Lee
Lord Mortimer Billy House
Oliver Todd Jason Robards Sr
Hannay Richard Fraser
The gilded boy Glenn Vernon
Sidney Long Ian Wolfe
John Wilkes Leyland Hodgson
Dorothea the Dove Joan Newton
Queen of the Artichokes Ellen Corby
Director Mark Robson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video