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Night of the Devils (1972)
"La notte dei diavoli" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  29 April 1972 (Italy)
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The patriarch of a wealthy family fears that he will show up one day in vampire form. Should this happen, he warns his family not to let him back in his house, no matter how much he begs them.

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Cast overview:
Gianni Garko ...
Nicola
Agostina Belli ...
Sdenka
Roberto Maldera ...
Jovan (as Mark Roberts)
Cinzia De Carolis ...
Irina
Teresa Gimpera ...
Elena
Bill Vanders ...
Gorca Ciuvelak (as William Vanders)
Umberto Raho ...
Doctor Tosi
Luis Suárez ...
Vlado
Sabrina Tamborra ...
Mira
Rosita Torosh ...
Nurse (as Rosa Toros)
Stefano Oppedisano ...
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Maria Monti ...
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In this adaptation of Tolstoy's story the Wurdulak, a mentally ill patient known as Nicola (Gianni Garko) flashes back to horrifying experiences that he encountered while driving through the country. Upon damaging his car, Nicola sets out for help, only to meet a mysterious family that lives in total fear of someone or something. This evil force slowly penetrates the household and thrusts each of its members into a frenzy of absolute terror! Written by Zach R.

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Night of the Vurdulak - OK, but slow, and not the best adaptation of this material
20 April 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

A man in rough shape walks weakly like a zombie. He winds up at a hospital. There's a barrage of strange images, a meaty skull with worms, half of a woman's head exploding, followed by the other half, X-rays of a skull. Pretty surreal start, but it normalizes from there.

The man does not speak. The doctors circulate his photo, and a woman comes to the hospital and can identify the man. He does start talking when he sees her, and freaks out to some extent. She disappears.

The man remembers the events that led to him winding up in the hospital. Driving his car on a woodsy road, he gets into an accident and comes across an isolated home. This family has recently buried one of their own. The man grows fond of one of the women, and gradually learns about the dead man, and the family's fears. The external SciFilm review of this film raises some of the same points I would have made.

The story this was based on, never translated into English as far as I know, was also adapted by Mario Bava as one of the segments of Black Sabbath. Bava, not surprisingly, did a much better job. This director is OK, but his other horror film, Mill of the Stone Women is quite a bit better. I recommend those two movies over this one.


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