As a weary sailor named Jan (Matthieu CarriÃ¨re) sets foot on dry land, he is mysteriously abducted and awakens in the isolated mansion of Malpertuis. There, he is reunited with his sister Nancy (Susan Hampshire) and an eclectic group of distant relatives, each summoned by his dying uncle Quentin Cassavius (Orson Welles). Cassavius wishes to will all of his heirs an equal portion of his fortune. However, in return, each must honor his dying request: They are to remain within Malpertuis for the rest of their lives, the last couple to marry.
Trapped on the grounds of the sprawling mansion, Jan investigates as those who try to flee are dispatched in peculiar ways. Jan slowly spirals into madness as he realizes his uncle's true intent and the nightmare world of Malpertuis takes hold.
Based on the classic fantasy novel by Belgian author Jean Ray, Malpertuis was director Harry KÃ¼mel's follow up to the acclaimed Daughters of Darkness. Barrel Entertainment is proud to present KÃ¼mel's surrealist masterpiece in two distinct versions: The quickly-assembled English-language edit that premiered at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, and the newly restored Dutch-language director's cut--re-edited to 119 minutes as KÃ¼mel intended and presented here in a new high definition transfer.