Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: A 1970s horror film with incest between sisters. Stars Lee Grant and Carol Kane.
Alternate Titles: Don’t Ring the Doorbell
Year: 1978
Duration: 102 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Karen Arthur
Writer: Don Chastain, Eric Wesphal
Starring: Lee Grant, Carol Kane, Will Geer, James Olson, Budar, William Sherwood
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Mafu CageA 1970s horror film with incest between sisters. Eek. Ellen (Lee Grant) and Cissy (Carol Kane) are sisters who grew up in Africa with their father, a deceased primatologist. Cissy is more than a little crazy, and she lives in a room designed to be like Africa, with hot house plants, African artifacts and music, and a succession of apes and monkeys that she keeps in a cage.

Ellen takes care of Cissy, and their relationship is incestuous, as they sleep together and have sex in a hammock. Cissy is violent and kills her pet monkey, threatening to commit suicide if she can’t have another. Ellen gets an orangutan for her after Cissy cuts her wrist, but that one is beaten to death as well.

When Ellen begins dating David (James Olson), Cissy can’t handle it, and – surprise – guess who else ends up dead?

It was torture for me to watch this really weird, uncomfortable horror flick. The film has actually made it to dvd and apparently has a cult following. (AB)