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Hotel Fear (1977)

Pensione paura (original title)
| Drama, Horror, Mystery
A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests. Soon enough, a cloaked figure starts killing off everyone that tries to harm her.

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Leonora Fani ...
Rosa
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Rodolfo
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Marta's lover
Jole Fierro ...
Rodolfo's lover
José María Prada ...
Hotel guest (as Josè Maria Prada)
Lidia Biondi ...
Marta
Máximo Valverde ...
(as Massimo Valverde)
Francesco Impeciati ...
Guido
Luigi De Santis
Carlo Totti ...
Second Fascist
Maria D'Alessandro ...
Prostitute
Arnaldo Caivano
Diala Caruso ...
Prostitute
Wolfango Soldati ...
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During World War II, young Rosa and her mother run a hotel in the Italian countryside, mourning over the death of her dead father. When the mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Rosa finds herself at mercy of her sex-crazed guests, but not before a hooded assailant, lurking in the shadows of the hotel, starts killing off each and everyone that tries to harm Rosa. Could it be her dead father back from the dead to avenge his daughter? Written by anonymous

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cloud of fear and murders
2 May 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Pensione Paura" takes place in northern Italy during the last months of World War 2 - the war is not really important for the story of the film, but rather its psychological aspects. The authorities in power are about to fall and new authorities will soon take over. There's in reality a power void, and this stimulates the people to drop their masks and live out their desires - there's just a thin veil of control holding them in place. The war is something far away. The only time the war shows its presence is during a night air raid. What really concerns the people (as always) is their own survival.

In this nowhere land, Marta (Lidia Biondi), seconded by her daughter Rosa (Leonora Fani), runs a hotel. The hotel's guests are dubious and/or shady characters. There's a man who lost all his family in a bombardment and he walks around mumbling about his family, spying on other people. What's up with him? There's also a sleazy gigolo, Rodolfo (Luc Merenda) and his rich lover (Jole Fierro). Rodolfo doesn't limit himself to exploiting rich women, he has still other plans in mind, but what really turns him on is the sight of Rosa. He lusts after her. There's Marta's lover (Francisco Rabal) hidden in a room in a distant corner of the hotel. He's in hiding for political reasons. Two noisy war profiteers (so it seems) and their lovers complete the picture.

One night we hear a shrill cry. A body is found. Now Rosa stands alone in the world.What really happened? The hotel, its dark corridors, its mysterious guests - a vague but also very real threat seems to hover around. The arrival of two unexpected guests with a very suspicious behavior (thugs? police?) thickens the plot still more.

Rosa has a father that is away fighting with the partisans. Rosa thinks of him, writes to him. She thinks that when he comes back everything will be alright again. But meanwhile, the black cloud has grown larger and larger - violence and murders...

And red becomes the color. The climax is really delirious, and by the ending of the film we are left with a great interrogation mark. So violent and yet so peaceful!

"Pensione Paura" is a showcase, particularly for Leonora Fani (her beauty and talent), but all the cast deliver good performances. Francesco Barilli directed the masterpiece "Il profumo della signora in nero" and gives us with "Pensione Paura", another worthy film. In spite of their obvious differences, both films have some striking similarities. "Pensione Paura" is an excellent film, but like "Il profumo della signora in nero" is a difficult film to write about.


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