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Dr. Caligari (1989)

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Mrs. Van Houten has shown signs of losing touch with reality, and her husband discusses possible treatment with Dr. Caligari, who says Mrs. Van Houten has a disease of the libido. The staff... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Reynal ...
Fox Harris ...
Dr. Avol
Mrs. Van Houten
Jennifer Balgobin ...
Ramona Lodger
John Durbin ...
Gus Pratt
Gene Zerna ...
Les Van Houten
Dr. Lodger
Barry Phillips ...
Magie Song ...
Patient in Straitjacket
Miss Koonce
Carol Albright ...
Screaming Patient
Catherine Case ...
Patient with Extra Hormones
Grace Butler (as Debra Deliso)
Lori Chacko ...
Patient in Bed


Mrs. Van Houten has shown signs of losing touch with reality, and her husband discusses possible treatment with Dr. Caligari, who says Mrs. Van Houten has a disease of the libido. The staff want Dr. Caligari removed from their facility due to her controversial experiments with electroshock and hypothalamus injections. As Dr. Caligari continues experimenting with her patients, her daughter and son-in-law attempt to stop her. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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the MAD doctor is in.


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi



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1 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Final film of Fox Harris. See more »


Mrs. Van Houten: [after burning her hand] Help me, Doctor Caligari, help me!
Dr. Caligari: That smell of burnt flesh - always reminds me of something.
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31 March 2001 | by (the ruins beneath the Planet of the Apes) – See all my reviews

Artistic expression jumps off the screen and into your face! Hauntingly beautiful and highly stylized effort is a nice try, if perhaps a bit off-target. An Expressionistic tribute to the old German silents, now with sex added for slightly more shock value. The actress in the title role is more deadpan than Buster Keaton, but other performances tear up the joint in their far-out histrionics. The dialogue sounds like Lewis Carroll on valium, and the whole effect is like a drug-induced sexual nightmare. Especially effective is Lane Fox as a hospital administrator who gets in touch with his feminine side. David Parry also worth remembering as Fox's repressed chain-smoking son-in-law. And don't miss Tequila Mockingbird as the show-stopping and affectionately wet "door tongue." mik

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