The Mephisto Waltz

1971

Horror  Mystery  Thriller  

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Cast

Jacqueline Bisset as Paula Clarkson
Alan Alda as Myles Clarkson
William Windom as Dr. Roger West
Barbara Parkins as Roxanne Delancey
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769.35 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 55 min
P/S 7 / 43
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1920*1080
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 55 min
P/S 9 / 46

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by 35541m 9 / 10

A word on the appearance of the boom mike

At least two people below comment on the frequent appearance of the boom mike in this film. To clarify, that is the fault of the TV company / Video company for screening the film in the wrong aspect ratio. It is not the fault of the filmmakers. If you saw this film in the cinema there would be no boom mike since the top of the frame would be masked off by the lens gate. The TV company is showing you the full frame of the picture which should not be all visible to the audience.

Reviewed by Linda_S 9 / 10

A memorable horror film

Quinn Martin Productions venture into theatrical films as opposed to its television work is a tidy little entry in the Satanic genre which the late 1960s and early 1970s were chock full of and it is sad that we do not see such films today.The stunning beauty Barbara Parkins and the irrepressible Curt Jürgens steal the show and turn in performances that dwarf the rest of the cast. This is a low budget film and yet without all of today's special effects it is readily more thrilling and frightening than the typical horror film of contemporary American film.Thank heavens it is on DVD I saw it originally and now eagerly seek to have it for my collection.

Reviewed by preppy-3 9 / 10

Spooky supernatural thriller

A dying pianist (Curt Jurgins) makes a bargain with Satan to have his soul put into a younger man's body (Alan Alda). The younger man's wife (Jacqueline Bissett) realizes slowly something is different about her husband... This is a scary, unsettling little horror film from the '70s that is virtually unknown today (why?). It has one serious thing wrong with it--Alan Alda. He's totally miscast and gives a lousy performance. Everybody else is good (especially an incredibly beautiful Bissett). The movie moves fairly quick, it has some really eerie dream sequences, quite a few frightening moments and a VERY scary call to Satan at the end. Heck, even the music is scary! Worth seeing...and should be better known.

Reviewed by Kar-2 9 / 10

Excellent occult thriller with a surprising end, worth to be seen

This is one of the best occult thrillers ever made. Direction, acting, cinematography and the music score are superb as is the script based on the Fred Mustard Stewart novel with the same title. Curd Juergens plays a famous concert pianist and Barbara Parkins his adoring incestuous daughter. Wanting to make their illicit love eternal they feel compelled to make ritualistic human sacrifices to Satan. The film aided by an excellent Jerry Goldsmith score manages to create an unsettling and more and more threatening atmosphere as the true nature of these two becomes clearer and a journalist played by Alan Alda gets drawn into their web. His wife, played by Jacqueline Bisset, sees the imminent danger in nightmares. These dream sequences that gradually unveil the shocking truth are extremely well filmed and the music enhances the emotional impact even further. This one is a real chiller with some very frightening moments and a very surprising end. Its many disturbing images will haunt you for quite some time. It proves that elegant filmmaking becomes the horror genre very well. I'd love to see The Mephisto Waltz released on DVD!

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