The Mansion Of Madness
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Based on a story by famed horror writer Edgar Allan Poe, the film is set in a kind of kingdom of madness - a huge insane asylum presided over by notorious brigand, Raul Fragonard. He has locked up the institutions director and set the lunatics free. A visting journalist uncovers the secret behind the Mansion of Madness, but soon finds himself on trial before a host of crazed lunatics - whose ultimate aim is world domination. EXTRAS: Featurette on the film's director (15 mins)
Interview with director Guillermo del Toro (Blade 2; Hellboy) who talks about the film, its director and star Claudio Brook (12 mins)
Original theatrical trailer (4 mins)
Audio options include a Spanish language version with optional English subtitles and an English language version An image gallery consisting of the original material used to promote the film in the US, including posters and stills
- New digital transfer
- Documentary on film's director
- Interview with director Guillermo del Toro (Blade 2; Hellboy) who talks about the film, its director and star Claudio Brook (12 mins)
- Original theatrical trailer (4 mins)
- Stills gallery
- Text interview with film's director
Top Customer Reviews
Unlike Alucarda, the premise of The Mansion of Madness provided Moctezuma with a concept in which to explore his Surrealist inclinations, and let his crazed imagination run wild. The film also reveals Moctezuma dabbling with absurd humor, the results of which are quite funny, and again help solidify his association to Surrealism. Although this film marked his directorial debut, Moctezuma's direction seems confident, his artistic vision clear, and he does not display many of the telltale signs of a novice director.Read more ›
The original version is 'Mansions of Madness'. This truncated version was made for the more exploitative US market. The print quality of this version is lacking, but is still a must-see if you cannot get your hands on the original version.
Lots of surrealism along with a crazy, over-the-top performance by Claudio Brook as Dr. Maillard. His was really the only enjoyable performance of the film, especially if you like schlocky ham (hey, I'm a Lugosi fan from way back so cut me some slack!). Arthur Hansel has the personality of piece of plywood and is way too old for the role he was playing. Ellen Sherman is an admittedly beautiful leading lady but was unfortunately given very little to do, outside of one terrific scene of her dancing while supposedly under the influence of the cult priest (I say supposedly because of how the scene ends and what transpires later). The rest of the cast was quite frankly forgettable.
There's lots of nudity, including a mildly-jarring rape scene early, but little torture or horror. To say this was loosely-based on Poe's "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather" is giving this movie too much credit. The whole thing screams of a movie jumping up and down, waving its arms frantically while yelling, "Hey! Look at me! See how arty I am?" And considering the time this was made, it has plenty of psychedelia too. The use of "kooky hi-jinks music" during various pursuit-escape scenes is when the whole thing went off the rails for me. At that point, what suspense had been built up completely disappeared and I then realized what it was I was watching.
All in all, a very disappointing experience with Juan Lopez Moctezuma and his work. At least it was Prime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the reviews are great. the reviews for bad drive-in movies are better than the movie can i rate the reviews?Published 3 months ago by dave
I actually give the 2 & half stars. A half star for nudity. I quit watching after 45 minutes. The depiction of insanity was too much and I saw the movie going nowhere.Published 15 months ago by Allen Hamilton
I thought this was a dumb movie. But that is my opinion and it was enough to make me fall asleep which I did so I can't comment on the entire movie.Published 15 months ago by Moving On 62
this wouldn't even make it on the late late late show on adult swimPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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