The Mansion of Madness

The Mansion of Madness (dir. Juan López Moctezuma, 1973).

Moctezuma was a sometime collaborator with Jodorowsky, and it shows. Mansion is a loose adaptation of Poe's "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether," but it feels more like a cross between El Topo and a Hammer Film. It's the kind of movie where incongruous funny-sound-effect music pops up without warning, but some of the sets and shots really are striking. There's a primitivist-execution-squad dance number near the end that is one of a kind.

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