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  • PG
  • 1972
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.5  (8,080)
  • 65

Asylum is a 1972 horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and written by Robert Bloch. The film stars Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, and Peter Cushing. It's an anthology horror film that consists of four spooky tales that unfold in a mental institution. The movie follows Dr. Martin (Robert Powell), who arrives at a mental institution to apply for a job. The institution is run by Dr. Rutherford (Patrick Magee), who tells Martin that he must pass a test to qualify for the job. The test involves interviewing four patients, all of whom tell Martin a story. Martin must deduce the identity of the former head of the asylum from their tales. If he passes, he gets the job.

The first story involves Bonnie (Barbara Parkins), a woman who's in love with her husband's brother, Walter (Richard Todd). The husband is in a vegetative state, and Bonnie thinks that if he died, she and Walter could be together. So she makes a plan to kill him. However, things don't go as planned, and the consequences are far more severe than she anticipated.

The second story is about Bruno (Barry Morse), who's obsessed with his wife, Bettina (Barbara Parkins). When she leaves him for another man, Bruno can't cope. He becomes increasingly delusional and jealous, leading to a disturbing finale.

The third story centers around Ruth (Charlotte Rampling), a woman who's convinced that she's dead. She's tormented by memories of her past and the eerie feeling that she's trapped in a twisted version of reality. Ruth's story is both haunting and tragic, and it ends in a shocking twist.

The final story involves a young woman named Barbara (Britt Ekland), whose husband (Robert Powell) is a scientist researching the transplantation of memories. He's obsessed with his work and neglects Barbara, whose mind starts to unravel. She becomes convinced that her husband's experiments are dangerous, and her fears are soon justified when he tries to transplant memories from a murder victim into her mind.

As Martin listens to each tale, the lines between reality and fiction blur. He's forced to question the nature of sanity and the reality of the world around him. The movie's climax leads to a chilling revelation that will leave viewers reeling.

Asylum is a classic horror movie that's remembered for its stellar cast, haunting atmosphere, and clever storytelling. It's a reminder that the best horror stories are the ones that stay with you long after the credits roll. With its blend of psychological horror and supernatural elements, Asylum remains a must-watch for horror fans of all ages.

Asylum is a 1972 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 65.

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    6.5  (8,080)
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