25 April 2014

Mansion of the Doomed (1976)
85 min.
Directed by Michael Pataki.
With Richard Basehart, Gloria Grahame, Trish Stewart, Lance Henriksen, Vic Tayback, Al Ferrara, Arthur Space, Donna Andresen.
A ghastly, underrated little shocker.

After his daughter loses her sight in a terrible car accident, respected Dr. Chaney (Basehart) sets about desperately trying to restore her vision...through a series of live eye transplants.

From unwilling donors!

Nurse Grahame assists in the demented doings. And when each 'experiment' fails, she imprisons the still living (but now eyeless) subjects in the house basement.

Exploitative and sick, but consistently powerful enough to sear its images onto your retina.

Best scenes include one victim's wild eyed escape from the sightless madhouse...headlong into highway traffic.

And there's a great climax.

Have a look at this one...if you can. Not high art, but memorable.

Also known as either Eyes or as Massacre Mansion.

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