Two strange sisters live in a crumbling mansion, where they keep a pet ape, which belonged to their late father, locked in a cage. While one of the sisters seems to be keeping her head on ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (play)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The film takes place before, during and immediately after the engagement party of Dr.Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osborne, attended by numerous highly respectable guests (a general, a doctor... See full summary »

Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Stars: Udo Kier, Marina Pierro, Patrick Magee
Possession (1981)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When college professor Peter Proud begins to experience flashbacks from a previous incarnation, he is mysteriously drawn to a place he has never been before but which is troublingly ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, Margot Kidder
Trance (1982)
Drama | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The hero-worship that Simone has for a pop singer is built to a crescendo until she passes out when she finally sees him up-close in a crowd of fans pushing him for autographs. She is later... See full summary »

Director: Eckhart Schmidt
Stars: Désirée Nosbusch, Bodo Steiger, Simone Brahmann
Bloody Moon (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Girls are killed at a language-school in Spain.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Olivia Pascal, Christoph Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganoff
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At the end of the 19th century, in a little Italian village by a lake an old statue is recovered. Soon a series of crimes start and the superstitious people of the village believe that the ... See full summary »

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque
Stars: Barbara Steele, Claudio Gora, Ursula Davis
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when ... See full summary »

Director: Stephanie Rothman
Stars: Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer, Celeste Yarnall
Pandemonium (1982)
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp.

Director: Alfred Sole
Stars: Tom Smothers, Carol Kane, Tammy Alverson
Lady Beware (1987)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young and good looking Katya, a window dresser for a big department store in Pittsburgh, begins a love story with a journalist, Mac Odell. She is however stalked by Jack, a married man who ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Diane Lane, Michael Woods, Cotter Smith
Deviation (1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: José Ramón Larraz
Stars: Karl Lanchbury, Lisbet Lundquist, Sibyla Grey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marriage of a midlife, middle-class, childless couple is in a rut. Sophie has become depressed, frigid and slightly paranoid and Otto is stuck in optimistic denial. Things escalate at their summer cottage, but no one dares call it quits.

Director: Frank D. Gilroy
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars, Sada Thompson
Legacy (1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A rich woman deteriorates mentally.

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Joan Hotchkis, George McDaniel, Sean Allan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Ellen
...
Cissy
...
Zom
...
David
Budar ...
Mafu
William Sherwood ...
Will (as Will Sherwood)
Edit

Storyline

Two strange sisters live in a crumbling mansion, where they keep a pet ape, which belonged to their late father, locked in a cage. While one of the sisters seems to be keeping her head on straight, as it were, the other appears to be sinking further and further into barbarism and insanity. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Ellen lives with two animals. One of them is her sister! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Ring the Doorbell  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
What the hell is this??
5 January 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I stopped watching this after half an hour. Usually I wouldn't stop watching a movie, no matter how bad it is. But there's a fine line... by god there is, and "The Mafu Cage" or "Don't Ring the Doorbell" as was the title I watched it under, certainly crossed that line. Firstly, it made no sense. Just what the hell was going on here? I was looking forward to watching it (albeit wasn't expecting a masterpiece) as Carol Kane ("When a Stranger Calls") was starring. The directing was awful, and the surrealism gave me a very bad feeling of melancholy... in fact, everything about the film did! The lighting and effects were diabolical, I couldn't make out what was happening half the time, and it's not just me who had this problem, as other reviewers have noted. Basically, Carol Kane plays a young woman with obvious mental problems from the word go who is struggling to adjust to life in America after she moves home from Africa where she grew up. Such is the extent of this problem that she insists on blasting jungle music all day, and sleeps in a hammock at night in a room full of plants. She screams for a Mafu... a type of monkey apparently, like the one she had in Africa. Her sister forbids having one in the house as would any sane rational person, until Cissy threatens to kill herself. I didn't get any further from there because on top of how depressed it was making me feel, and due to the fact I couldn't comprehend what the hell the director was trying to do, it was boring the crap out of me! There's some killings later on I've heard, including the brutal murder of an orangutan... and apparently the sisters have a incestuous relationship. I'm glad I stopped at the half hour mark. This was driving me crazy...


4 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD? BwanaDevil
Discuss The Mafu Cage (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?