House of Madness


Time Out says

A curiosity based on an obscure Poe story, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, which is well worth a look. Definite echoes of Jodorowsky and Arrabal, but in general Moctezuma, who has a fetching visual style, steers clear of the obvious pitfalls of absurdist horror. His film is about a kind of 'kingdom' of madness which is established when the inmates of a vast and surreal insane asylum lock up their wardens and establish their own bizarre hierarchy of activities and ideas. Many of the images and sequences have a weird beauty, though the pace flags towards the end.


Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

Juan López Moctezuma
Carlos Illescas, Juan López Moctezuma
Claudio Brook
Arthur Hansel
Ellen Sherman
Martin Lasalle
David Silva