Asylum script
Asylum (1972)
Synopsis: Asylum (also known as House of Crazies in subsequent US releases) is a 1972 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. The film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, produced by Milton Subotsky, and scripted by Robert Bloch (who adapted four of his own short stories for the screenplay). Baker had considerable experience as a director of horror films as he had tackled Quatermass and The Pit, and Scars of Dracula. Robert Bloch, who wrote the script for Asylum based on a series of his own short stories, was also the author of the novel Psycho, which Alfred Hitchcock directed as a film.

30yr-old Englishman with rugged, good looks)

24yr-old American, overweight)

Their table is a mess of empty beer bottles, half-full ash tray &

Czech cigarettes. Chris is playing with a baseball. Doug finishes

off a beer and grabs one of the new beers brought by Katka.



Lawrence is getting derogatory again.


Shhhhh, I'm concentrating!


(to Chris)

I think he's jealous of Havel.


He_s the closest we've got to an intellectual.


What's that? A Democrat with an attitude!

ANGLE a female audience member who is enthraled.



And from the dungeon climb

To take a place still warm

Exchanging iron clasps for gold

Rags for riches

Stories yet to scribe for him

A camera flashes.


King of scribes

Were it a monarchy, but no

He must preside

Over and over again

A nation of ungodly saints

Born again with time to die

The death of a thousand evils

And by their hand they'll claim

Others guided a destiny once more

Enthusiastic applause and yells, some people clapping. Lawrence moves

off centre. M.C. gets up from a nearby couch and goes to the front

and checks his clipboard.

Slight-figured American in early-twenties with goatee)


Great piece Lawrence. Okay next up is...


ANGLE Holly and Josh sitting at a table on which are two glasses of

wine & Western cigarettes. Holly rises from her seat and moves past


27yr-old American girl with understated looks)

All-American guy in early thirties)

FOLLOW Holly down to the front as M.C. moves off. Holly sits on the

bar stool back under the red light.


I'd like to read some prose, it doesn't

have a title yet.

Holly flicks through her notebook.

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Robert Bloch

Robert Albert Bloch was an American fiction writer, primarily of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is best known as the writer of Psycho, the basis for the film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock. more…

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