Ellen has been taking care of her insane younger sister Cissy ever since their explorer father died. When Cissy's pet ape dies in their mansion's dungeon and Ellen finds a boyfriend, Cissy's incestuous desire for her sister turns deadly.

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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

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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...


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