Mansion of the Doomed (1976)

Call it Mansion of the Doomed. Or The Terror of Dr. Chaney. You may also refer to it as EyesEyes of Dr. ChaneyHouse of Blood or Massacre Mansion. But whatever name you choose to refer to this Charles Band produced, Michael Pataki directed movie, you will probably enjoy it. Seriously, it’s packed with sleaze, eyeballs being removed and plenty of your genre favorites.

Dr. Leonard Chaney (Richard Basehart, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) caused the accident that cost the sight of his daughter Nancy (Trish Stewart, Salvage 1). Now, he is cutting up eyeballs so that he can get his girl to see again, starting with her fiancee Lance Henriksen and moving on to Marilyn Joi, who played Cleopatra Schwartz in The Kentucky Fried Movie.

Gloria Grahame — as Chaney’s wife — and Vic Tayback — playing a cop — are both in this, meaning that this is a Blood and Lace reunion. Pop the cork on that sparkling cider! Celebrate!

Frank Ray Perilli wrote this. He worked with Pataki on the softcore film Cinderella, plus he wrote the movies Dracula’s DogLaserblastEnd of the World and Alligator.

Come for the stars, stick around for the Stan Winston effects and enjoy the craziness of Basehart as he goes from loving father to kidnapper of children to a man who has an entire group of eyeless victims just meandering around his basement.

This movie is pure scum. It’s even a category 3 video nasty, which means that you know I had to watch it at midnight when I really needed to go to sleep. You can do the same and watch it for free on Tubi.

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