Mansion of Madness (1972)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This bizarre Mexican production is loosely based on The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Feather by Edgar Allan Poe. The story involves a visit from a newspaper reporter (Claudio Brook) to a sanitarium in 19th century France, where he eventually comes to realize the asylum is being run by one of its own inmates, a megalomaniac, who allows the others to play out their basest fantasies and urges. More stylish and creative than its exploitative American-release title implies (the original Mexican title translates as Mansion of Madness), this is an interesting surrealist spin on the Poe tale from the producers of Jodorowsky's El Topo.

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asylum [mental hospital], reporter, doctor, inmate, investigation, mental-illness, patient [medical], fantasy, mental-institution, obsession