Thursday, October 6, 2011

Asylum of Satan (1972)

Director: William Girdler

Starring: Charles KIssinger, Nick Jolley, Carla Borelli, Louis Bandy

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Love Slaves Of Satan Tortured To Blood-Dripping Death

Plot: A young woman is brought to an asylum to receive special treatment from a mysterious doctor. Dr. Spector does more than just run the hospital -- he offers his patients as sacrifices to Satan.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again? No.

ASYLUM OF SATAN is a dull, low budget horror flick with hardly any exploitative elements. It's the first effort from William Girdler, the man who would soon bring us the excellent ABBY (1974) and the fun DAY OF THE ANIMALS (1977) put together a lifeless story with no nudity and very little gore to spice things up. The acting is poor, there's a lot of down time and it's just not fun.

Yeah, that beard's real.


There are a few unintentional laughs but I think that was mostly from wanting this to end. It's part of a Something Weird Video double feature with SATAN'S CHILDREN (1975) that also includes a B&W striptease of a different kind called, SATAN'S DANCE.

The disc has a 7-minute behind the scenes of ASYLUM OF SATAN, a featurette called, THE SOUL SNATCHER (1965) (more on this film and SATAN'S CHILDREN coming up) and, of course, lots of appropriately-themed horror trailers (usually the best part of these discs). If you can pick up any of the Something Weird Video DVDs on the cheap, they're worth going through. I love that they embrace these low budget stinkers and load up their DVDs with a bunch of extras. They put more effort into their product than a lot of major studios do with their catalog titles and that deserves your respect and dollars.

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