Friday, September 30, 2011

DR. TARR'S TORTURE DUNGEON / Producciones Prisma - 1973

Welcome to Friday Night Drive-In with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite's offering is a Mexican production with a mostly Mexican cast and crew, but, it was filmed in English, then dubbed into Spanish for Mexican cinemas!! This title is actually the original version. The Mexican title is THE MANSION OF MADNESS...

It takes awhile to figure out what's going on, but, the inmates of an insane asylum have taken over the institution, they've imprisoned the doctors and staff, and put into play their own ideas of how the place should be run! I love this movie, it has my highest recommendation!

The music is by Nacho Méndez, which reminds me, I'm hungry! Nacho had 31 composing credits with titles like EL TOPO!!, HOT SNAKE, KATY CATERPILLER, THE KILLER TRAILER, KATY MEETS THE ALIENS and KING OF THE TAXI DRIVERS.

Letz bring in our littlest Dungeon helper and button pusher, the one and only, lil'... Rufus The Gnat!! Rufus sez heez redi 2 start our Eariffic Soundclip, so, push the big red 'GO' button located in or about sector Q, now, Rufus!! Here's... DR. TARR'S TORTURE DUNGEON!

The story starts with a group of travelers on their way to visit an isolated mental asylum. This is awesome, the carriage driver moves a tree that's blocking the roadway, all by himself!

The atmosphere created looks great.

Whatever place this is in Mexico, it's absolutely perfect for a film like this... Bizarroburg!

This still is so amazing, just soak it in! The dude wearing the hypno wheel is the Cult Priest.

Here's the Chicken Man you hear in the soundclip. Buck, buck...

Here's the part where the viewer starts to realize that something's really not right! It's unnerving when the happy goofs at the top of this very tall building begin to make the rope ladder sway as the visitor is climbing down, and, the guy still has to drop about 20 feet just to get off the thing! Meanwhile, everyone's laughing their asses off! You know, it was just a childish prank! Ha ha...

No one laughs more than Dr. Maillard, the one showing their guest around. If he looks familiar, it's because he played Dr. Karol in SANTO IN THE WAX MUSEUM and Mario in NEUTRON vs DR. CARONTE.

Nurses and staff are all now exotic slave artists and actors for the new leaders of the nuthouse!

The guest, Gaston LeBlanc, makes an escape out his bedroom window at night.

This reminds me, Eegah!! and I used to pick grapes during the summers in the early sixties! Grapes and gurlz always go together, no?!

Having escaped into the woods, Gaston discovers that it's filled with even more crazy people!

Maillard's helper likes to tease the people that are now on the other side of the cage!

It's time for the orgy, so, bring in Lady Godiva!.. Okay, sound the invisible trumpets!!

We're not crazy, you're crazy!!..

Looks like a giant chicken coop for people! And, it probably smells a lot worse than chickens in there!!

The helper gets caught and knocked unconscious by the angry prisoners, then, they get the key from his possession.

All Hell breaks loose in Hell!

Who else but a beautiful woman to end all the fun!

**Starting tomorrow, The Dungeon will be posting each and every day during the month of October, celebrating our 2011 Countdown To Halloween, so, get ready for that!! We've been saving up some special treats just for this occasion, you will not believe some of the things we have planned! Boowah, everbloody!!


Greg Goodsell said...

This is a GREAT flick for trippy visuals -- what you should do is get the Mondo Macabro release (with WAY improved visual content) and post stills from that! Just a suggestion! And make 'em bold and bright!

Eegah!! said...

This flick is Nuts!!

Christopher said...

MeXi-HoRRAH! of the best of the 70s...I have the Mondo Macabro dvd...

Brian D. Horrorwitz said...

Nice post! What Greg said is true; the Mondo Macabro DVD looks awesome!

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