Dr. Martin arrives at an asylum for the insane to interview with Dr. Star for a position on his esteemed staff, but he is informed by Dr. Rutherford that Dr. Star has been confined with the other patients after losing his mind. The new director promises Martin the position if he is able to determine which of the patients upstairs is Dr. Star, so Martin must head inside and listen to each of their stories in order to sort out the clues for himself. ASYLUM is another excellent omnibus film from Britain's Amicus Productions that features four short vignettes written by Robert Bloch and directed by Roy Ward Baker. Tales of treachery, murder, and madness fill the halls of the hospital, each one complete with its own ironic ending. Peter Cushing, Robert Powell, Herbert Lom, and Patrick Magee are just a few of the recognizable faces that line the stellar cast. Unlike many other anthology pictures, ASYLUM also ties each of its individual pieces together using an intelligent wrap-around story that is just as twisted and deranged. Roy Ward Baker's dark and somber directing helps to make this one of Amicus' strongest entries.
If you liked ASYLUM, check out:
TORTURE GARDEN, FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD.