Malpertuis (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Harry Kümel
Produced by Paul Laffargue
Ritta Laffargue
Pierre Levie
Written by Jean Ferry (adaptation)
Jean Ray (original novel)
Starring Orson Welles
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Gerry Fisher
Edited by Richard Marden
Release dates
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
119 minutes
Country Belgium
Language Dutch

Malpertuis — released in the US as The Legend of Doom House — is a 1971 Belgian fantasy-horror directed by Harry Kümel, based on the 1943 novel of the same name. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Malpertuis is the name of an old, rambling mansion which is in reality a labyrinth where characters from Greek mythology are imprisoned by the bedridden Cassavius (Welles). He manages to keep them (as well as his nephew and niece) prisoners even after his death, through a binding testament. As Jan, the nephew, (Carrière) unravels the mystery, he discovers that he cannot escape the house because Malpertuis is far more significant than he was led to believe.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Malpertuis". Retrieved 2009-04-13. 

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