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July 1974 (USA) See more »
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A sadistic killer cult kidnaps and sacrifices beautiful women. A young girl, just paroled from prison, moves into a strange house and appears to be the cult's next victim. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Daniela Giordano ... Margaret Bradley

Raf Vallone ... Mr. Dreese
John Scanlon ... Jack Whitman
Angelo Infanti ... Frank Grant
Karin Schubert ... Maria
Rosalba Neri ... Alicia Songbird
Brad Harris ... Charlie
Frank Latimore
Giovanna Galletti ... Mrs. Grant (as Giovanna Galetti)
Nuccia Cardinali ... Mrs. Craig (as Nuccia Cardinale)
Dada Gallotti ... Claire (as Dada Galotti)
Marian Fulop
Annamaria Liberati
James Saturno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvatore Billa ... Mr. Dreese's chief henchman
Carla Mancini ... One of the chained-up girls
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Directed by
William Rose 
 
Writing credits
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Gianfranco Baldanello  italian version
William Rose 

Produced by
Dick Randall .... producer
William Rose .... producer
 
Original Music by
Berto Pisano 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Mancini 
 
Film Editing by
Piera Bruni 
Gianfranco Simoncelli 
 
Production Management
Xiro Papas .... unit manager (as Ciro Papa)
 

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Also Known As:
"La casa della paura" - Italy (original title)
"The Girl in 2A" - USA
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USA:90 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Italian censorship visa # 63027 delivered on 22-12-1975.See more »
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not the most exciting Giallo ever made, 8 January 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Girl in Room 2a doesn't really fit in with a lot of the Giallo films released around their heyday back in the early seventies. The plot, as is the case with many of these films, focuses on murder; but there's very little mystery to it, the cinematography is entirely mundane and the plot just seems to settle as soon as the credits have rolled, which a direct contrast to the sprawling and over complicated story lines that most Giallo's feature. After the opening credits, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you've hit the Giallo jackpot, as we get to watch a screaming young woman skewered with a huge metal spike. From there we watch as her corpse is thrown off a cliff in order to make people believe that she in fact committed suicide. Soon thereafter, a young ex-inmate named Margaret moves into room 2a in a boarding house owned by Mrs Grant, who lives with her weird son Frank. Margaret soon meets a man named Jack, the brother of the girl killed at the start of the film and the two begin investigating the suicide, which he believes has something to do with Mrs Grant's boarding house.

Despite being slow, the film is at least interesting for the most part, and American director William L. Rose seems to have some sense of direction where the story is concerned, as it eventually comes to a point that mostly makes sense. The lack of mystery is a major negative point, however, and while I'm not entirely sure whether you are meant to have guessed the identity of the murderers, it's so blindingly obvious that I find it hard to believe you weren't already supposed to know. The cast features just one name, and that belongs to sexy seductress Rosalba Neri...who is unfortunately wasted with a role that is far too small for illustrious persona. The locations didn't impress me much, as the film doesn't feature a lot of variety in this department, and the cinematography isn't exactly awe-inspiring. There are a couple of grisly murders - one of which is the one that happens before the opening credits. The lack of murders wouldn't have been a big problem for me, however, if the film was more exciting. Overall, Girl in Room 2a isn't the worst Giallo you're ever likely to see; but it certainly isn't the best, and I don't recommend going out of your way to find a copy.

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