Asylum of Satan (1971)

16mm film, 35mm (blow-up), colour, 1.33:1 [negative ration], 1.85:1 [projection ratio]
mono, English

An American horror film directed by William B. Girdler.

Plot Summary

A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital by the sinister Dr Specter. She suffers disturbing visions that she comes to suspect are real and realises that she is about to be sacrificed to .


* = uncredited

Directed by: William B. Girdler
Copyrighted MCMLXXI [1971] by Studio I Associates, Inc.
Studio I Associates presents a Studio I Associates presentation
Produced by: J. Patrick Kelly III
Story and Screenplay: William B. Girdler and J. Patrick Kelly III
Director of Photography: William L. Asman
Edited by: Gene Ruggiero
Sound Recorders: Warren Maxey, Dave Portugal
Wardrobe Mistress: Barbara Girdler
Hair Styles: Jon Potter of Hairbenders, Inc.
Special Make-up: James C. Pickett III
Special Effects: Richard Albain Jr
Locations: Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA *

Charles Kissinger (Jason Specter/Martine)
Carla Borelli (Lucina Martin)
Nick Jolley (Chris Duncan)
Louis Bandy (Tom Walsh)
Claude Wayne Fulkerson (head aide)
Jack Peterkin (Dr Nolan)
Sherry Steiner (blind girl)
Mimi Honce (cripple)
Harry Roehrig (mute)
Don Dunkle
Joan Edwards
Gary Morris
Liz Cerry
Don Cox
P.J. Childers
Biggs Tabler
Beth Pearce
Jim Pickett
Nancy Marshall
Ken Jones

Alternative Titles

L'Antre de l'horreur – French title
To Asylo tou tromou – Greek title
Hospital de Satán – Spanish title
The Satan Spectrum – working title

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996)
Extra Weird (2003)


Daily Variety vol.157 no.6 (13 September 1972) p.2 – US rating information
Daily Variety vol.161 no.37 (30 October 1973) p.150 – article (Kentucky by George Widerhold)
Psychoholics Unanimous no.65 (November 2009) – review (Asylum of Satan by Robert Freese)
Variety vol.268 no.5 (13 September 1972) p.26 – article (Re-Rate Trend Goes On)
Variety vol.277 no.6 (18 December 1974) p.10 – note
Variety vol.277 no.5 (11 December 1974) p.14 – note (Pre-Xmas Blues Crimp Philly; ‘Skull' Faint 6 1/2G, ‘Black Exorcist' OK 7 1/2G)
VEX no.2 (1996) pp.4-5 – illustrated article (Day of the Director: William Girdler and the fine art of ripping off hollywood by Joe Wawrzyniak)

Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed) p.346 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction II by Donald C. Willis p.16 – credits