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Dr Tarr’s Torture Dungeon (1973)

AKA The Mansion of Madness

Director:Juan López Moctezuma .
Starring.Claudio Brook, Arthur Hansel, Ellen Sherman. Marin LaSalle. Susana Kamini. Mexico. 1h 39m.

The concept of this darkly macabre path into insanity is simple, the inmates have taken over the asylum. This  vision of madness come from the king of the unusual, the film is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Dr Tarr and the Professor Feather.  A reporter (Brook) and his entourage have been invited to 19th century asylum hidden deep in the woods, their guide promises easy access but they are confronted by two armed guards, eventually they are let in and split up, the reporter takes one route while his beloved is chased through the woods and abused. After meeting various groups of people acting out wildly in the forest he meets the megalomaniac who’s running the whole affair and soon realises that the inmates have taken over and the prisoners are the redundant staff. In the absence of medical care they are left to their own crazy devices and act out their basest fantasies and have incredibly surreal urges. Continue reading Dr Tarr’s Torture Dungeon (1973)

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Extraordinary Tales (2015)

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quickflick-1.jpgI’ve just finished watching this delightful showcase of animated Edgar Allan Poe stores. It’s strange to think that this stories are still influencing people despite being told and retold for nearly 200 years. Now it was a huge venture and has been executed perfectly.

Most of us know the stories so the magic really lies in the art and presentation and I’m still giddy from how amazing this was.  You can easily argue that this had been done a thousand times before, and it has, and even using some of the people who worked on this one.

“Every second of this is iconic and overall it’s masterfully and thoroughly thought through, often with breathtaking results”

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