Asylum (1972)

Directors: Roy Ward Baker
Actors: Peter Cushing and Herbert Lom

Genre: Horror/Anthology


"A young psychiatrist interviews four inmates in a mental asylum to satisfy a requirement for employment. He hears stories about 1) the revenge of a murdered wife, 2) a tailor who makes a suit with some highly unusual qualities, 3) a woman who questions her sanity when it appears that her brother is conspiring against her, and 4) a man who builds tiny toy robots with lifelike human heads." - from Amazon

My oppinion:
This is another horror anthology release from the Amicus box. In my opinion, this is the weakest of the ones I've seen so far. The best thing about this one might just be the music at the beginning of the movie. That is just intense, and I'm wondering if this is really from this movie, or if they've borrowed it.. I like the idea of a horror anthology with a frame story in an asylum. The only problem was that the twist was so obvious I knew what it was at a very early stage, and that was a bit of a letdown. When it comes to the stories, the first one was an ok one, with a few fun scenes, and particularly one moment made me laugh, when the male character said: "Rest in Pieces". The story was nothing original though. The second story was by far the best one. It had nice atmosphere, and the story was quite fun. The fact that it starred Peter Cushing always help too. He's as haunting here as always. The third story was very ordinary, and will be easily forgotten. Nothing special at all. The fourth story is merged with the frame story and was quite fun. Another good actor stars in this one, Herbert Lom, which also has a part in Roy Ward Baker's "And Now the Screaming Starts!", which is also a part of the Amicus collection. All in all I wasn't very impressed with this one at all, part from the story with Cushing, which makes seeing it worthwhile.

My rating:

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Buy "Asylum" at: Amazon

Or you could buy it through Ancor Bay UK's "The Amicus Collection: 5 Discs - Limited Edition" (much cheaper I might add) at: Play