By Marcus Pan
Another Amicus classic, Asylum features some of
the folks youll see in their other releases Peter Cushing most
notably, one of my favorites. Amicus were one of the first companies to
seriously look at the horror genre up to this time we had black and
white features (Creature From the Black Lagoon and The Blob are
notable examples), but few in the way of Technicolor horror. With such features
as The Beast Must Die, And Now the Screaming Starts and
Asylum, Amicus attempted to redefine the genre color, a budget
and actual acting!
Asylum is an interesting story. A new doctor applying for a
position at an asylum for the incurably insane is given a challenge
to get the job. It seems one of the head doctors has gone ahead and lost his
shit and became one of the patients. New shrink-doctor hot shot must go
upstairs, interview the patients in the asylum and give his diagnosis as to
which of them is the previous head of the asylum.
The movie takes on a Canterbury Tales stint from this
point, as you are treated to a mini-movie of each of the patients cracked
minds and what drove them to being so. Strangely silly stories of magical
shining tailor made suits that make cadavers and even mannequins come alive,
flailing meat-packed limbs and, of course, your staple multi-personality murder
sprees. Then theres the other guy who makes little
cheesy robot-looking dolls that he claims are filled with mortal
so to speak.
The robot-driven murder of the new head doc was comical
indeed. The flailing meat-wrapped limbs were brilliant and hilarious all at the
same time. And the twisty ending as both the new hotshot doctor and
myself chose the wrong patient as being the previous head of care. Seems he had
us all fooled. Fortunately enough for me, Im still alive.
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