88 Min | Horror – Mystery | July 1972
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Starring: Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom
Asylum Review: Asylum is the story of a psychiatrist applying for a position at an, you guessed it, asylum. To decide if he is qualified for the job or not, the head of the asylum gives him the task of meeting four of the patients (for reasons explained in the movie). So you get four different stories plus the “here and now” beginning, interludes and ending that comprise the movie called Asylum.
In Asylum, the overall plot is very interesting and so are each of the individual’s stories, especially because they involve mental illness and blur the lines between reality and psychosis. Towards the end, you think you know the facts but the plot takes a twist for the, shall we say strange, and you are left surprised and perhaps a little confused then, the very ending takes on a truly twisted horror-filled turn for the worst.
Most of the movie makes an easy-going and pleasant watch. My only beef with Asylum is that much of the supernatural/insanity effects are a little corny, for instance when things move by themselves. I guess the special effects weren’t advanced enough at this time to make it any less corny though, so it can be forgiven, because overall this is a very enjoyable and somewhat suspenseful movie, and that it is from the 70’s is an obvious and atmospheric aspect of Asylum. It’s quite simple, and a lot of special effects aren’t needed to make it the enjoyable film it is. The score is also quite simple and it works, and the ending couldn’t have been any more demented and perfect than it is.