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The Mansion Of Madness

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Like Jodorowsky's EL TOPO, which features many of the same cast and crew, MANSION is a wild, psychedelic nightmare, imbued with the freewheeling vibe of the late 1960s.

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 institution’s 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

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"A phantasmagorical black comedy with equal measures of Bunuel, Fellini and Ken Russell!" --American Cinematheque (Los Angeles)

Special Features

  • 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

Product Details

  • Actors: Claudio Brook, Arthur Hansel, Ellen Sherman, Martin LaSalle, David Silva
  • Directors: Juan López Moctezuma
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Mondo Macabro
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007GP6S8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mansion Of Madness" on IMDb

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By B. M. Kunz on January 27, 2005
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The first entry in the short film career of director Juan Lopez Moctezuma, The Mansion of Madness is a fine example of South of the Border Surrealism, and as such, shares more of a kinship with the works of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal, than with Moctezuma's later film (also on DVD) Alucarda. Based in part on Edgar Allan Poe's The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather, The Mansion of Madness tells the story of Gaston (Arthur Hansel) who, having recently returned from abroad, travels to an asylum nestled in the heart of a secluded forest. During the opening voice over, Gaston reveals that it was in this remote asylum that his father died, and under the guise of meeting with the head of the institution (a doctor named Maillard who employs unorthodox methods of treatment for patients) Gaston hopes to uncover the mystery shrouding his deceased father. However, this initial motivation is quickly abandoned once Gaston is given a grand tour of the sanitarium by the infamous "Dr. Maillard" (played with psychotic abandon by Claudio Brook) resulting in the discovery that the lunatics are actually running the asylum, and that the real Maillard and his staff are being held captive.
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.
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Juan López Moctezuma worked in close quarters with esoteric Director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who brought us The Holy Mountain and El Topo. The influence shows in Mansion of Madness, one of the weirdest films you'll ever enjoy. It's darkly hilarious, experimental without being tedious, and showcases incredibly bizarre imagery ranging from sources as varied as The Divine Comedy and Alfred Jarry's Ubu plays. While some may be disappointed that this isn't, strictly speaking, a formulaic horror film, connoisseurs of the unusual, hedonistic, and esoteric will be delighted. Taking Edgar Allen Poe's 'The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether' as a departure point, Moctezuma creates an entire microcosm of indulged madness where inmates act out their delusions. Highlights include a band of inmates playing music on crustacean parts, men with knives dancing in crow suits, nude bodies used as fruit trays, a chicken-man, a cameo by Dante Alighieri, and countless other strange treats. Anyone complaining of the darkness of the transfer hasn't seen the Mondo Macabro version, which uses a crisp print. It baffles me that this film doesn't receive the credit it deserves, perhaps because many have only seen it as a badly cut-up poor print on one of those atrocious '100 Horror Films' sets. I'd urge you to give it a chance. It will reward those with dark wit and a touch of whimsical lunacy.
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This movie really asks you to suspend your disbelief. It's an old movie, so it has a campy feel to it and is rather crudely done. The actors don't act so much as emote. You know the plot, so I'll just give a rating: 3 stars. Worth renting.
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This film is a surreal and hallucinatory classic!

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.
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Twenty-plus years ago, psychotronic me would've liked this film. Not anymore. I've read a bit about Juan Lopez Moctezuma in various film books over the years and this film was my first experience with his work. After 82 minutes of my life I won't get back, I'm not sure if I'll be looking for more Moctezuma in the future, even his supposed-classic Alucarda.

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.
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