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House of Madness (1973)

The Mansion of Madness (original title)
R | | Horror | March 1976 (USA)
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.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudio Brook ... Dr. Maillard / Raoul Fragonard (as Claude Brook)
Arthur Hansel ... Gaston LeBlanc
Ellen Sherman Ellen Sherman ... Eugénie
Martin LaSalle ... Julien Couvier
David Silva ... Cult Priest
Mónica Serna Mónica Serna ... Blanche
Max Kerlow ... Dr. Maillard
Susana Kamini Susana Kamini ... Cult Priestess
Pancho Córdova ... Pseudo-Marshal (as Francisco Córdova)
Roberto Dumont Roberto Dumont
Henry West Henry West
Jorge Bekris Jorge Bekris ... Henri - the Coachman
René Alís René Alís
Mario Castillón Bracho Mario Castillón Bracho
Oscar Saro Oscar Saro
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A mysterious man is sent deep into the forest to investigate the bizarre behavior of the notorious Dr. Tarr. What he stumbles upon is the doctor's torture dungeon, a hellish asylum completely cut off from civilization and presided over by the ultimate madman. Innocent people have been savagely chained, tortured and stuck in glass cages, then forced to take part in gruesome games of ritual slaughter. Written by Anonymous

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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 »


Version of Operené stíny (1931) See more »

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Horror for academic chin scratching bores
15 August 2011 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This is a 'quirky' (crap) seventies horror film that's eccentrically filmed (the director was on drugs) which idiosyncratic tendencies (penchant for goofy hippy shenanigans)but visually pleasing, in the aesthetic sense (please be drunk before you watch this one), the acting is almost academic in its execution (the actors are so wooden you can buy them from B&Q), the script titillating (like someone tugging your scrotum with a fish hook), and the pacing of the plot erratic (so bad I had to review this one 'live') see below: ...okay now someone's naked...and dancing...no wait she's not naked it's just so dark...why has that woman got a football strapped to her head?...is that a fish?...WHAT IS THIS RITUAL ABOUT?...no wait it's a knife...can't see a thing now...it's a law in the seventies to use xylophone soundtracks when someone has been drugged...?????????...right someone talking Poe again...sounds like that Arthur Pym one...it would help if I could see what's going on...now he's walking up a corridor he just dreamt...and I'm none the wiser as to what I'm meant to see here...'you have three shadows even though you refuse to believe me'...darkness again...that chick's covered in grapes....there's almost a story now...more 'zany' xlyophones...nothing of interest has happened for 20 mins...there's a lot of bare bums in this film...and a naked chick on a horse...wait a minute Peter Greenaway nicked this scene for Prospero's books!...now there's a band where a guy's playing a crab...and people dressed as crows...won't the torture end?

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe: Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon See more »

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Production Co:

Producciones Prisma See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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