Review: ‘Asylum’

Herewith a dependable programmer off the Amicus belt line. It's a trim little chiller, with a moderate quota of blood and mayhem, polished performances and smooth direction. It also boasts some imaginative props - like the decapitated limbs, etc., of Sylvia Syms metaphysically killing her murderer and errant husband, Richard Todd, and his sweetie Barbara Parkins.

Herewith a dependable programmer off the Amicus belt line. It’s a trim little chiller, with a moderate quota of blood and mayhem, polished performances and smooth direction. It also boasts some imaginative props – like the decapitated limbs, etc., of Sylvia Syms metaphysically killing her murderer and errant husband, Richard Todd, and his sweetie Barbara Parkins.

The plot is essentially about a young shrink’s (Robert Powell) voyage of discovery in an insane asylum where he hopes to become a staffer. He arrives to find that the bossman has himself become confined as a homicidal nut case. His successor (Patrick Magee), by way of putting the young doc to the test, has him interview several psychos.

Very few of the key thesps remain robust and vertical by the windup, for which scripter Robert Bloch comes up with an effective trick ending.

Asylum

UK

Production

Amicus. Director Roy Ward Baker; Producer Max J. Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky; Writer Robert Bloch; Camera Denys Coop Editor Peter Tanner; Music Douglas Gamley Art Tony Curtis

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Peter Cushing Britt Ekland Herbert Lom Patrick Magee Robert Powell Barbara Parkins
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