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Dr. Caligari (1989)





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It is not a sequel to the German expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Rather it is almost a parody of the original. The story centers on the nymphomaniacal granddaughter of the nefarious Caligari. She has become a psychiatrist and runs the CIA (Caligari Insane Asylum), an institution built upon a toxic waste dump. Everything about this place, from the buildings to the staff to the patients themselves are strange. The beautiful Dr. Caligari is the strangest of all. When not attending to her regular duties, she continues to perform the brain research that will one day allow her to absorb the intelligence of her genius ancestor whose brain is preserved in a jar. She believes the key is in the fluids of grandpa's brain. She begins experimenting with herself and then on others.


Madeleine Reynal
as Dr. Caligari
Fox Harris
as Dr. Avol
Laura Albert
as Mrs. Van Houten
Jennifer Balgobin
as Ramona Lodger
John Durbin
as Gus Pratt
Gene Zerna
as Les Van Houten
Vera Butler
as Human Lamp
Debra A. Deliso
as Grace Butter
Catherine Case
as Patient with Extra Hormones
Carol Albright
as Screaming Patient
Lori Chacko
as Patient in Bed
Jennifer Miro
as Miss Koonce
Marjean Holden
as Patient in Bed
Stephen Quadros
as Scarecrow
Salvador R. Espinoza
as Spanish Patient
Dave Perry
as Dr. Lodger
Anthony Robertson
as Patient in Doorway
Magie Song
as Patient in Straitjacket
Joseph Baratelli
as Shoe Salesman on TV
April Hartz
as Shoe Customer on TV
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The granddaughter of Dr. Caligari performs neurological experiments on her asylum patients in this surreal and sexy low-budget R-rated oddity by a director better know for avant-garde hardcore porn films like CAFE FLESH and NIGHTDREAMS. The sets and costumes are cheap but very inventive, but the amateurish acting and joyless villain hold it back from being much more than an intriguing curio.

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