Friday, July 4, 2008


Asylum (1972)

Slightly Trashy
Ranking: Maybe

Anthology style horror pic about a young doctor who arrives at an asylum and is asked to interview four of the patients in order to get a job. Each one tells him the story of how they wound up in the asylum.

"Frozen Fear" is the tale of a man who murders his wife, chops her up and puts her bits in the freezer. The bits then come to life and get their revenge on him and his lover. "The Weird Tailor" is about a man who is asked to make a special suit for this weird ass guy. "Lucy Comes to Stay" is about a girl and her friend Lucy and "Mannikins of Horror" is about a guy who makes little dolls that kill people or something (it's as precious as it sounds).

The stories did seem to me to be even stupider than usual, if such a thing is possible. They were a little bit... lame, particularly the last one. Mr. Blue and I kept exclaiming "O! the horror!" as the cute little doll moved really slowly towards its victim.

Maybe they were supposed to be dumb. That would explain it. Well, anyway, it was well made and pretty fun, with some good performances.

And the theme (which is, I think, from 'Night on Bald Mountain'?) is appropriately (and at the same time ridiculously) intense. A lot of the time there's next to nothing happening and there's this epic frigging music. It's great.

Yeah. Um, fairly entertaining to watch... can't really think of anything else to write about it though... my jaw really hurts. I've been chewing this Stride gum for hours and hours, I finally spit it out, but damn, that stuff it long-lasting.

I'm kinda hungry now, though. I think, perhaps, I'm going to go for a slice of toast. Until that point, I will continue to chew this long lasting gum. Okay, that's quite enough.


Directed by: Roy Ward Baker. Written by: Robert Bloch. Starring: Robert Powell, Patrick Magee, John Franklyn-Robbins, Barbara Parkins, Barry Morse, Charlotte Rampling, Herbert Lom, Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Ann Firbank

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