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Like many a horror film, this starts off with a varied bunch of people
seeking shelter once they discover that a bridge they need to cross has
collapsed, and they end up at a spooky mansion (looks like a cheap
model!) run by a guy who kind of looks like that guy out of No Country
For Old Men.
Our victims this time include uptight Giacomo Rossi-Stuart who hates
his boozy, floozy wife (and she hates him back!), two cops who have
just arrested murderer Spike, a doctor, his assistant and a local who
provides the creepy exposition. Every single one of them smoke like
troopers, including the doctor. The caretaker tells them it's probably
not a good idea to stay the night but then doesn't seem to bothered as
he has a naked chick in his room.
After her suggestion of an orgy is turned down, Giacomo's wife then
finds out that the house was owned by a lady who was accused of killing
her husband, and also accused of being a witch. The wife thinks this is
a good time to do a séance and that's where the film starts getting
interesting as all of a sudden Giacomo becomes possessed and starts
talking in the dead ladies voice. Seems that the night isn't going to
be as boring as they thought In amongst all the Gialli and Spaghetti
Westerns I'm watching it's nice to watch a straightforward horror film,
even if it is a bit patchy and slow. There's a nice atmosphere to this
one, and although it's not great all the way through, there are some
sequences that stand out, like when Giacomo's wife has a strange
hallucination that she's stabbing Farley Granger over and over again
while he laughs in her face, or the constant ticking of clocks
throughout the house which makes me wonder if Lucio Fulci had this film
in mind when making The House of Clocks years later.
There also a guy getting attacked by a picture and some disembodied
laughing, plus the end sequence is carried out quite well. You can add
this one to pile of horror the Italian made set giant houses. Or do
something worthwhile instead.
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