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House of the Damned (1974)

La loba y la Paloma (original title)
A young woman just released from a mental institution returns home to her mansion and faces a new set of horrors.

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Four villains seek to wrest from a mute girl the secret location of a prehistoric gold statuette discovered by her father. Her silence dates from the day when she saw her father murdered for that same statue. Written by Anonymous

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9 September 1974 (Spain)  »

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ESP 43,054,333 (Spain) (3 September 1999)
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A good one for fans of BAD movies.
23 October 2002 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

"What the hell" is a phrase you will likely find yourself uttering frequently during this film. Donald Pleasence and "little person" Michael Dunn (The Mutations, Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks) are the only non-Spanish participants in this film as far as I can tell. At least theirs are the only voices that do not seem dubbed into English.

This is not a film for the average viewer. A normal person is likely (and advised) to turn this film off in the first 5 minutes. But those who like very strange and frequently inept movies could get some laughs out of this one.

There is so much nonsensical crap in this movie that I'm not even going to try to recount it here - it wouldn't be funny anyway, for the sheer idiocy of it you must see it.

This is not a contender for one of the worst films ever (anything by Ray Dennis Steckler would probably beat this one for that title) but it IS bad. And more than just bad, it is weird. The tone shifts regularly and chaotically from being mean spirited to (an attempt at being) tender. And the characters (particularly Michael Dunn) say and do things that make you wonder what the makers of this were thinking.

In short, not the worst film I've seen nor the weirdest. But it is a unique combination of the two.


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