|Asylum 1972 PG, 92 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Sci-Fi
aka: House of Crazies
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Cast: Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Barry Morse, Barbara Parkins, Robert Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Syms, Richard Todd, Megs Jenkins, James Villiers, Geoffrey Bayldon, Ann Firbank, John Franklyn-Robbins
An anthology of four horror tales told by mental patients fill this film with suspense as young psychiatrist Dr. Martin (Robert Powell), who has applied for the job as head of the asylum, is given the assignment of finding out which one of the patients had been in charge of the asylum. In one story, Walter (Richard Todd) murders his wife, and she seeks revenge. Another story involves tailor Bruno (Barry Morse) weaving a coat to bring back his son from the dead. The third story is about schizophrenic Barbara (Charlotte Rampling) inserting her "doppelganger" into Lucy (Britt Ekland). The final story involves toymaker Bryon (Herbert Lom) and his killer robots. A good film for horror buffs.
|Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde 1995 PG, 90 min.|
Director: David Price
Cast: Sean Young, Tim Daly, Lysette Anthony, Stephen Tobolowsky, Harvey Fierstein, Thea Vidale, Jeremy Piven, Polly Bergen, Stephen Shellen, Sheena Larkin, John Franklyn-Robbins, Aron Tager, Kim Morgan Greene, Jane Connell, Julie Cobb
A frustrated chemist, Dr. Richard Jacks (Tim Daly), creates perfumes in NYC. One day, Jack reads the notebooks filled with experiments of his great-grandfather, Dr. Henry Jekyll. Jack decides to try his own experiment; however, the results are different from those of his ancestor. Instead of creating a beast, Jack creates a beautiful woman, Helen Hyde (Sean Young). But wait, Helen's nymphomaniac personality may just be Jack's ticket to the top of the perfume industry.
|The Pumpkin Eater 1964 N/R, 110 min.|
Director: Jack Clayton
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray, Maggie Smith, Cedric Hardwicke, Eric Porter, Alan Webb, Richard Johnson, Anthony Nicholls, Rosalind Atkinson, Cyril Luckham, John Franklyn-Robbins, John Junkin
Jo Armitage (Anne Bancroft) is a weary mother of eight children whose life is made even unhappier when she learns of her husband's (Peter Finch) philandering ways. Bancroft was nominated for an Oscar.
|Vanity Fair 2004 PG-13, 140 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Romola Garai, Rhys Ifans, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Tony Maudsley, John Franklyn-Robbins, Deborah Findlay, Angelica Mandy, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Ruth Sheen
A London lass, Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), overcomes her youth as a poor orphan, earns an education, and begins her climb up Britain's 19th-century social ladder when she gains a job as governess for the daughters of Sir Pitt Crawley (Bob Hoskins). Becky marries Crawley's son Rawdon (James Purefoy), but problems rise to the fore. Now, Becky uses her wiles on the powerful Steyne (Gabriel Byrne) to gain yet another step up the social ladder.
|1. Asylum (1972)|
aka: House of Crazies
2. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995)
3. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
4. Vanity Fair (2004)
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