Asylum of Blood (1971)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film, Giallo  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Fernando DiLeo, best known for a series of westerns and crime films, tried his hand at horror with this extremely sick little item loaded with nudity and violence. Set at a remote mental institution (inexplicably located in a castle), the film features Klaus Kinski as a doctor whose mostly female patients are being brutally dispatched by a psychopath. Margaret Lee and Rosalba Neri are among the frequently unclothed cast, and there are decapitations, crossbow bolts in the eye, and -- in some foreign prints -- fairly explicit sex. Nothing in the film, however, is as tasteless as its original ad campaign, which played up its similarity to the crimes of Chicago mass-murderer Richard Speck (who actually killed student nurses and not patients).

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administrator, asylum [mental hospital], doctor/nurse, killing, lesbianism, mental-illness, murder, nymphomaniac, rampage, slasher