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The Mansion of Madness
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Release Date:
March 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Newest Edgar Allan Poe Horror Thriller! See more »
Plot:
The inmates of an insane asylum take over the institution, imprison the doctors and staff, and then put into play their own ideas of how the place should be run. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Film Review: ‘Stonehearst Asylum’
 (From Variety - Film News. 15 October 2014, 5:46 PM, PDT)

Beckinsale in Talks for New Genre Adaptation
 (From FEARnet. 18 March 2013, 10:00 AM, PDT)

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Strangely fascinating trash! See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Juan López Moctezuma 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carlos Illescas  writer
Juan López Moctezuma  writer
Edgar Allan Poe  story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"
Gabriel Weiss  additional material

Produced by
José Borchowsky .... associate producer
Jacobo Guss Elster .... associate producer (as Jacobo Guss)
Roberto Viskin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nacho Méndez 
 
Cinematography by
Rafael Corkidi 
 
Film Editing by
Federico Landeros 
 
Production Design by
Gabriel Weiss 
 
Art Direction by
Gabriel Weiss 
 
Makeup Department
Graciela González .... makeup artist
María de los Ángeles Rico .... hair stylist (as Angeles Rico)
 
Production Management
Luis Bekris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tito Novaro .... first assistant director
Henry West .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Leonora Carrington .... art supervisor
 
Sound Department
Gonzalo Gavira .... sound effects
Victor Rapoport .... sound recording advisor
Ricardo Saldívar .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Garzón .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonora Carrington .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Francisco Chiu .... assistant editor
Lilia Lupercio .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Damián Acosta Esparza .... script supervisor (as Damian Acosta)
Tita Arroyo .... choreographer
Pal Kepenyes .... jewelry designer
Orlando Méndez .... production assistant
Rogelio Vázquez .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Allan Poe: Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon" - USA (cut version)
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Runtime:
99 min | USA:82 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm)
Certification:
UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R

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Despite being a Mexican production and having a mostly Mexican cast and crew, this movie was filmed in English, then dubbed into Spanish for Mexican cinemas. The version released in USA, retitled "Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon", is actually the original version (not a dub), but in a cut form.See more »
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Version of Lunacy (2005)See more »

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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Strangely fascinating trash!, 4 February 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon (the more appealing a.k.a of this film) surely is one of the most bizarre films I ever saw. But then again, it qualifies as Mexican exploitation and you never know what to expect from these guys… I would love to summarize the plot a little but that's nearly impossible considering this is an incoherent series of absurdity, sleaze and semi-psychedelic stuff. The closest I can get is describing how the story takes place in a French asylum hidden in the woods, where doctor Tarr and professor Feather feast their most perverted barbarities on the poor and helpless patients…and yet they like it! My personal favorite is a guy – referred to as Mr. Chicken – who lives in a pen, alongside the other poultry. You should see how happy he is!! The screenplay is supposed to be adapted from an Edgar Allen Poe story but, even though I haven't read it, I suspect that the premise is replenished with many elements from the makers' own wicked imagination. As often the case with this type of cheap exploitation films, it features a surprisingly stylish cinematography and many addictive elements. Especially the mesmerizing opening sequence, with its wonderful blaze of colors, immediately draws your attention. The use of silly music is hilarious and you can only feel sympathy for the actor while they're attempting to rattle their exaggeratedly complex dialogues. This is the kind of cinema that normal human beings refer to as crap and complete rubbish. Only the people with a macabre sense of humor love it and regret that there aren't more films like this to find. I, for one, am proud to have it in my cult-collection.

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