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The Mansion of Madness -- 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.

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March 1976 (USA) See more »
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The Newest Edgar Allan Poe Horror Thriller! See more »
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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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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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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 (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm)
Certification:
Mexico:C | 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
South-Of-The-Border Poe, 28 March 2011
Author: ferbs54 from United States

It was the grisly demon-possession flick "Alucarda" (1978) that first made me aware of the talents of the late, underrated Mexican director Juan L. Moctezuma. Anxious to see more, I popped in the DVD for Moctezuma's first film, 1973's "The Mansion of Madness" (also, fortunately, on the Mondo Macabro label), and was pleased to discover that it is another winner, although much less disturbing and intense a horror outing than "Alucarda." The film nicely captures and expands Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 short story "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether" (one of many that Roger Corman never got around to adapting!), and shows what can happen when the inmates of a madhouse literally take over the asylum. In the film, we make the acquaintance of a young man named Gaston Leblanc who has recently graduated from journalism school in 19th century America, and played by hunky dude Arthur Hansel (who looks a good 20 years too old for the part). Leblanc returns to his French homeland to do a story on a mental institution run by one Dr. Maillard (Claudio Brook, the doctor turned demon slayer in "Alucarda"), whose innovative "soothing system" of letting his inmates run free has been causing quite a stir in medical circles. But shocking surprises await Leblanc as he enters the titular "mansion of madness"....

This film, I should say, starts out very strangely, and Maillard's initial tour of his institution may cause some viewers to shake their heads in bewilderment. My advice would be to stick with it, though, as several plot twists serve to both clarify matters and ratchet up the suspense. Novice film director Moctezuma gives the viewer something interesting to look at in virtually every shot, especially toward the picture's conclusion. That banquet sequence is a literal phantasmagoria of oddball characters doing unusual things, the frame filled with hyperkinetic wonder. Kudos also to cinematographer Rafael Corkidi, especially for his stunning work outdoors. A welcome addition to the Poe story here: a romantic subplot of sorts featuring an inmate named Eugenie, played by beautiful Ellen Sherman. And speaking of "beautiful," Susana Kamini, who played the gorgeous Justine in "Alucarda," can be seen in this film as well. Look sharp: There she is, playing the topless inmate on the receiving end of that fishing pole! Opening with a pensive voice-over amongst lovely country scenery and concluding with a seeming homage to--of all people--"Little Caesar"'s Rico Bandello, the picture is a fascinating experience from beginning to end. Thanks again, you Mondo Macabro maniacs!

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