Mansion of the Doomed

Mansion of the Doomed

Director: Michael Pataki, Libbie Chase, Lance Henriksen, Arthur Space

Cast: Michael Pataki, Libbie Chase, Lance Henriksen, Arthur Space

     
 

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A mad surgeon finds himself up to his armpits in eyeballs after guilt prompts him to begin removing the eyes of abducted people in hopes of performing transplants on his daughter Nancy who lost her own in a traffic accident he caused. The real horror begins when the people he disfigured rise up from the dungeon where he keeps them captive to get revenge.

Overview

A mad surgeon finds himself up to his armpits in eyeballs after guilt prompts him to begin removing the eyes of abducted people in hopes of performing transplants on his daughter Nancy who lost her own in a traffic accident he caused. The real horror begins when the people he disfigured rise up from the dungeon where he keeps them captive to get revenge.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
Using authentic surgery footage is the cheapest, lowest ploy an exploitation picture can take. Still, nothing gets a reaction from an audience quicker than splicing in a few seconds of a medical training film. They'll either run for the exits or sit stunned and take it in, but one way or another, it won't be forgotten. With this in mind, those who feel squeamish about their eyes being touched (pretty much everyone, right?) should understand that Mansion of the Doomed includes frequent shots of real-life orb surgery, and a little goes a long way. Supplemented by some H.G. Lewis-style sheep eyeball effects, the film never fails to induce a wince or two, and other disturbing flourishes make it memorable despite a hackneyed premise. As the obsessed surgeon Chaney, Richard Basehart gives a reliably professional performance and little more, but he's perfectly slimy in the film's most uncomfortable scene, which finds him luring a little girl away from a playground with the promise of Disneyland. Any appearance from Vic Tayback is welcome, but he's too subdued as a police investigator to make any impression here. As Chaney's long-suffering assistant and accomplice, Oscar winner Gloria Grahame looks haggard and exhausted; hopefully, that's just acting. The best performances come from the blinded victims, as each confused, terrified "patient" awakens from the anesthesia and realizes his or her eyeballs have been removed. There's an intensity to these scenes that the bigger names don't reach for, and the interaction between the captives is usually more interesting than the good doctor's furrowed brow and introspective walks along the ocean. Marilyn Joi, best known for Al Adamson films like Nurse Sherri and The Naughty Stewardesses, appears as one of the unfortunates, and Lenny Bruce's mother, Sally Marr, makes a very brief cameo as a landlady. Director Michael Pataki gives Mansion of the Doomed some eerie atmosphere with bright, distorting light effects, but he doesn't move the film along fast enough to qualify it as a true lost classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2015
UPC:
0859831008767
Original Release:
1976
Source:
Full Moon Pictures
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
15,559

Special Features

Charles Band's 70's Grindhouse trailers

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mansion of the Doomed
1. Chapter 1 [5:17]
2. Chapter 2 [7:07]
3. Chapter 3 [10:38]
4. Chapter 4 [7:41]
5. Chapter 5 [6:57]
6. Chapter 6 [9:03]
7. Chapter 7 [9:33]
8. Chapter 8 [6:26]
9. Chapter 9 [9:24]
10. Chapter 10 [7:05]
11. Chapter 11 [3:09]

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