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The House by the Edge of the Lake (1979)
"Sensitività" (original title)

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Complete credited cast:
Old painter
Leonora Fani ...
Lilian - college researcher
Wolfango Soldati ...
Edoardo - Lillian's boyfriend
Patricia Adriani ...
Lilith - paranormal viewer
Massimo Vanni ...
Marta Flores ...
Marta - Lillian's aunt
Man #1
José Sánchez ...
Man #2
Luis Induni ...
Lillian's father
Caterina Boratto ...
Kira - witch by the lake
Alberto Squillante ...
Bernard Seray ...


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28 September 1979 (Italy)  »

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Devil's Encounter  »

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A mighty turd from a mighty director.
30 May 2007 | by (San Ho) – See all my reviews

This late mysterious entry in the Spanish giallo sweepstakes shows the giallo-ic side of Castellari - the side we saw in sexy thrillers like Cold Eyes of Fear...a side we'd like to quickly forget. A young child sees her mother drown in a boat by a human hand that appears out of the water. Flash forward to her adult life as she lives in a haunted (?) house and has sex with men that mysteriously die soon after through scary twisted events, one of which includes a telekinetic link with her sister who masturbates frequently (I counted at least five times). The plot makes absolutely NO sense and no explanations are given for anything, not even the @&%# hand which demands an explanation if ever there was one. Lots o' titties bouncin' around, but the gratuitous nudie romps in the hay are wasted in an amateur hour production that rivals the poorest of Italian lakehouse rip-offs. Most of the first act is outright incompetent with basic direction that wouldn't pass a USC intro class let alone grab international distribution. One masturbatory sequence shows the same car explosion in triple(!) split screen, and Castellari gives himself a glorified actor's cameo. Given most great directors' inability to show any signs of screen presence in front of a camera, Castellari looks to have bulked up with steroids and growth hormones for his meaty role. The guy looks like a marriage of John Saxon and Coco the gorilla. Not even recommended for the die-hard Enzo completists.

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