House of Madness

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.

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