Asylum (1972)

Swedish Rapid Stream DVD edition



Text below written 2018-12-10

 

Yes! A surprisingly fine British anthology horror from Amicus and in a nice release from Rapid Stream. Some stories are better than others but
overall Asylum was very good with it's 4 stories within the frame of the main story.

Young Dr. Martin (Robert Powell) arrives by car at the Dunsmoor Mental Hospital to the music of Mussorgskiy's A Night on Bald Mountain,
and he's there to meet the boss, Dr. Starr, regarding a job. But, instead he is met by Dr. Rutherford (Patrick Magee) who tells him that Starr has
suffered a mental breakdown and that he's now a patient at the institution. He challenges Dr. Martin to find out who/whom of the patients that
are Starr. The orderly (Geoffrey Bayldon) take him upstairs to meet 4 of the patients, who's Dr. Starr ?


Patient 1 - Bonnie's story: She (Barbara Perkins) and her lover Walter (Richard Todd) plans to murder his rich wife (Sylvia Sims) and he axes
her to death, chops her up and put the pieces in the cellar freezer. When Bonne arrives at the scene something has gone terribly wrong

Patient 2 - Bruno's story: He's an elderly tailor married to his wife Anna, and once a successful tailor he's now out of mode and without customers.
Bruno (a great Barry Morse) can't pay the rent and is in desperate need of money when a mysterious customer, Mr. Smith (Peter Cushing) turns up
and orders a suit for his son. Bruno has to make it out of some strange material (that Smith hands him) and he's only allowed to work on it on nights
after midnight. What strange scheme has Mr. Smith concocted and why ? Will poor Bruno get his money ?

Patient 3 - Barbara: She (Charlotte Rampling) comes home to her brother's house with a nurse waiting for her. She has inherited everything from her
parents and her brother (James Villiers) nothing. What has happened and why is she held like a prisoner ? Can Lucy (Britt Ekland) help her escape?

Patient 4 - Byron: Dr. Byron (Herbert Lom) makes strange weird looking dolls and they kill people on his command

A Question: No one missed Max ?
I liked Story 2 - The Weird Tailor and 4 - Mannikins of Horror better than story 1 - Frozen Fear and 3 - Lucy Comes to Stay

The film is presented in widescreen 1.85:1 with an english audio DD 2.0 with swedish subtitles. Original trailer and TV spot, trailers for other films

 

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