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Malpertuis (1971)
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Malpertuis (1971) Malpertuis is a labyrinth where characters issued from the Greek mythology are made prisoners by Cassavius. He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) as prisoners even after his death, through a binding testament. As the nephew unravels the mystery, we find out he cannot escape the house because Malpertuis is far more significant than we were led to believe.

Also Known As:
The Legend of Doom House

Title: Malpertuis
Release Date: July , 2003
Runtime: 125 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: Dutch
Country: France, Belgium, West Germany
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Buried.com Rating: 7.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M

MPAA Rating: 18

Harry Kumel

Orson Welles ...Cassavius
Susan Hampshire ...Nancy / Euryale / Alice / Nurse
Michel Bouquet ...Dideloo
Mathieu Carriere ...Jan
Jean Pierre Cassel ...Lampernisse
Daniel Pilon ...Mathias Crook
Walter Rilla ...Eisengott
Dora van der Groen ...Sylvie Dideloo
Charles Janssens ...Philarette
Sylvie Vartan ...Bets
Jet Naessens ...Eleonora
Cara Van Wersch ...Rosalie
Jenny Van Santvoort ...Elodie
Fanny Winkler ...Mother Griboin
Robert Lussac ...Griboin (as Bob Storm)
Edouard Ravais ...Doucedame
Gella Allaert ...Gerda
Hugo Dellas ...Hans
Cyriel Van Gent ...Thick Man
Mariette Van Arkkels ...Hoertje
Rosemarie Bergmans ...Voorbijgangster
Marc Didden ...A sailor
Johnny Hallyday ...Sailor who kisses Bets
Ward de Ravet ...Doucedame
Johan Troch ...Bedelaar

Paul Laffargue
Ritta Laffargue
Pierre Levie

Jean Ferry
Jean Ray

Georges Delerue

Movie Trivia:
  • Orson Welles dubbed his own voice in the English Language version of the film.
  • Director Harry Kümel was a passionate admirer of Orson Welles and had him in mind for the role of Cassavius right from the beginning. According to him, it was pretty easy to convince Welles to take the part, once they assured to pay him the salary he asked for. Looking forward to meet and direct his idol, Kümel was pretty nervous when walking onto the set - just to find out that Welles was in a bad mood and drunk. He later stated in interviews that he personally got along well with Welles during the rest of the shoot but the majority of the crew didn't and tried to get out the grumbling Welles' way most of the time.
  • This film was Harry Kümel's favorite project for a long time but it was not until his previous film Les lèvres rouges (1971) succeeded at the box office (most notably in the US) that he managed to raise funding for it. Unfortunately, "Malpertuis" did poorly in most countries, though it was even nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
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