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Asylum

UK 1972
produced by
Max J. Rosenberg & Milton Subotsky for Amicus
directed by Roy Ward Baker
starring Patrick Magee, Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Charlotte Rampling, Richard Todd, Barbara Parkins, Robert Powell, Sylvia Sims, Barry Morse, James Villiers, Geoffrey Bayldon, Megs Jenkins
written by Robert Bloch

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review by
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Doctor Martin (Robert Powell) arrives at Dunsmoor Asylum to start his new job but is put to a test instead by Dunsmoor's head Dr. Rutherford (Patrick Magee): He has to find out who of the patienst was Dr. Starr, the asylum's former head gone insane. So Martin listens to each of the patients' story for some clues. First up it's Bonnie (Barbara Parkins), who with her lover Walter (Richard Todd) made up a plan to kill his wife Ruth (Sylvia Sims). But since that woman was into voodoo, she of course had the power to come back from the dead - even if she was cut into pieces. So her various bodyparts killed Walter & disfigured Bonnie's face. The second story considers down on his luck taylor Bruno (Barry Morse), who, in desperate need for money, takes on a job from a certain Mr. Smith (Peter Cushing) to make a special suit of a special material, but only during night hours. But when he visits Smith with the suit, he realizes it's some kind of magical suit to bring Smith's son back to life. In horror, he kills Smith - but when he later puts the suid on a shopwindow mannequin, that creature comes to life, violently attacking him. The third patient is Barbara (Charlotte Rampling), who always had delusions of having an evil twin Lucy (Britt Ekland), & was therefore monitored by her brother George (James Villiers) & nurse Higgins (Megs Jenkins). But then Lucy kills both George & Miss Higgins ... The last of the patient Dr. Martin is seeing is Dr. Byron (Herbert Lom) who has built himself some hommunculi, one of them in his own image, & he cklaims he can put his mind into them, so making them do things ... Martin has heard enough, he tells Rutherford that he does not intend to stay in the asylum, only to suddenly see Rutherford being killed by one of Byron's hommunculi. In shock, Martin squashes the little guy, only to descover, when he looks after Byron again, that this man is also squashed. 

But who, you might ask, has been Starr after all ? 

None of the above, but the asylum's orderly Max (Geoffrey Bayldon).& by killing Martin, he esumes his old position - though completely off the hook.

 

Antoher of the Amicus-omnibus movies with terribly uneven stories by the overrated Robert Bloch. It's not actually an all-bad movie, but in some stories the punchline is sadly missing or doesn't  make sense in context of the movie. Still, the movie has some old-fashioned entertainment value.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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