The Mephisto Waltz

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20th Century Fox Released 1971

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Director:
Paul Wendkos
Released:
1971
Rating:
R
The Mephisto Waltz is the 1971 cult horror favorite, adapted from the novel by Fred Mustard Stewart, and brought to the screen by director Paul Wendkos (Guns of the Magnificent Seven). Journalist Myles Clarkson (Alan Alda, The Aviator) once dreamt of being a concert pianist, but gave up his dream when his debut performance was heavily criticized. However, he still has extraordinary musical talent, and this is something that has not escaped the notice of a dying pianist named Duncan Ely (Curt Jurgens). Ely suggests an interview with Clarkson and the latter, flattered, is only too keen to oblige. But the reality of the matter is that Ely is actually a dedicated Satanist who plans to use occult magic to 'switch' bodies with Clarkson when his inevitable death from leukemia eventually occurs. As anticipated, Ely soon passes away, but Myles' wife Paula (Jacqueline Bisset, The Deep) quickly notices strange and inexplicable character changes in her husband. Paula gradually pieces together the mystery with a little help from Ely's ex-son-in-law Bill (Bradford Dillman, Piranha).moreless
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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Supernatural, Satanic