THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

ASYLUM (1972)

All righty then...time to catch up on a bunch of movies as we continue the 2016 Movie Countdown. Trying to watch 200 flicks this year, which would be my highest total ever. But way behind where I thought I'd be this month. Let's start with #124, Asylum (1972). This might be the first horror anthology I ever saw, and just rediscovered it on YouTube. Robert Powell is a doctor applying for a position at a creepy old asylum. But it seems the doctor he applied to has recentl...y become a patient with an alternate personality. He's asked by the remaining doctor to talk to each inmate and figure out which one was that doc before going bonkers. If he guesses correctly, the position is his. This British effort features, among others, Richard Todd and Barbara Parkins offing Todd's wife and then gaining a new fear for things wrapped in butcher paper; Barry Morse as a weird tailor with some otherworldly materials given to him by a mysterious customer (Peter Cushing); Charlotte Rampling dealing with an imaginary friend (Britt Ekland) who pushes her to extremes; and Herbert Lom as a doctor who says he's found a way to transfer his mind into a "mannekin of death" (in what I found was my most vivid memory of Asylum). Sometimes a little tongue in cheek, Asylum holds up decently, and sports a great cast. If you like this sort of thing, that is. I do.

TLA ONE-WORD REVIEW: mental

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?