Four dangerous and delusional psychopaths escape from ‘The Haven’ – a maximum-security psychiatric hospital – when the electric doors fail during a power blackout.
Paranoid sociopath Frank Hawkes (Jack Palance) has convinced his fellow patients – deranged pyromaniac Byron ‘Preacher’ Sutcliff (Martin Landau), brutally strong child molester Ronald ‘Fatty’ Elster (Erland Van Lidth) and John “The Bleeder” Skagg (Phillip Clarke), a killing machine who bleeds from the nose when he kills – that their new doctor, Dr Dan Potter (Dwight Schultz) killed their previous doctor, Dr Harry Merton (Larry Pine). Merton has actually moved to another hospital in Philadelphia.
The psych patients subsequently lay siege to Dr Potter’s home.
With him in his remote and isolated house are his wife Nell (Deborah Hedwall) and daughter Lyla (Elizabeth Ward), babysitter Bunky (Carol Levy) and Dr Potter’s visiting punk rock-loving, post-nervous breakdown sister Toni (Lee Taylor-Allan).
Donald Pleasence co-stars as Dr Leo Bain, the revolutionary doctor in charge of The Haven who is determined not to stigmatise the inmates at his asylum. He calls them “Voyagers” who are simply on a journey back to sanity.
The film was banned in the UK for a time.
Dr Leo Bain
Byron ‘Preacher’ Sutcliff
Dr Dan Potter
Ronald ‘Fatty’ Elster
Erland van Lidth
Tom Smith/Skaggs/The Bleeder
Dorothy Dorian James
Dr Harry Merton
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