The Mansion of Madness


Horror /

IMDb Rating 5.1


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99 min
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6

The Mansion Of Madness is a Mexican production of an American story with a French location. It&#39;s based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story The Torture Garden Of Dr. Tarr and if not top rate at least it&#39;s interesting.<br/><br/>Mexican star Claudio Brook plays the infamous Dr. Tarr who is actually both a master criminal and has a personality that has stepped over the line. He led a revolt of inmates who have taken over the asylum from the real staff. As the asylum is deep in the Ardennes Forest in France the chances of visitors are slim to none. And when visitors do come they get the treatment that the visitors in this story get.<br/><br/>One thing you&#39;ve got to love about these films is that it gives players a chance to overact outrageously and keep within character. The Mansion Of Madness has to be among the top ten films with overacting as the norm.<br/><br/>Watching this film also made me realize where the plot of a certain Star Trek episode in which Steve Ihnat played a Dr. Tarr like character who took over a futuristic prison came from.<br/><br/>I think fans of Edgar Allan Poe will like this production.

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Reviewed by Hitchcoc 3

I feel much less generous with this film than others of its ilk. The portrayal of madmen in this century is always done with them being so totally bizarre as to be a different species. Their antics are so outrageous as to be totally fictionalized. Everyone is Napoleon or some other historical figure; or they have a fascination with chickens. They are on the make or beating each other up. It&#39;s as if the scriptwriter said, what can I make up for them to do, without an sense of what insanity or even mental illness is. Watch the wonderful human portrayal in &quot;One Flew Over the Cuckoo&#39;s Nest&quot; where the illnesses are believable and real. I once worked in a State Mental hospital. I didn&#39;t see any of these guys. These are too smart and calculating to make them come to life.

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Reviewed by Coventry 7

Dr. Tarr&#39;s Torture Dungeon (the more appealing a.k.a of this film) surely is one of the most bizarre films I ever saw. But then again, it qualifies as Mexican exploitation and you never know what to expect from these guys? I would love to summarize the plot a little but that&#39;s nearly impossible considering this is an incoherent series of absurdity, sleaze and semi-psychedelic stuff. The closest I can get is describing how the story takes place in a French asylum hidden in the woods, where doctor Tarr and professor Feather feast their most perverted barbarities on the poor and helpless patients?and yet they like it! My personal favorite is a guy ? referred to as Mr. Chicken ? who lives in a pen, alongside the other poultry. You should see how happy he is!! The screenplay is supposed to be adapted from an Edgar Allen Poe story but, even though I haven&#39;t read it, I suspect that the premise is replenished with many elements from the makers&#39; own wicked imagination. As often the case with this type of cheap exploitation films, it features a surprisingly stylish cinematography and many addictive elements. Especially the mesmerizing opening sequence, with its wonderful blaze of colors, immediately draws your attention. The use of silly music is hilarious and you can only feel sympathy for the actor while they&#39;re attempting to rattle their exaggeratedly complex dialogues. This is the kind of cinema that normal human beings refer to as crap and complete rubbish. Only the people with a macabre sense of humor love it and regret that there aren&#39;t more films like this to find. I, for one, am proud to have it in my cult-collection.

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