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Don't Look in the Attic (1982)
"La villa delle anime maledette" (original title)

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A couple inherits a mansion, but when they move in they discover that it is haunted by the murderous spirits of people who have died there.

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Credited cast:
Beba Loncar ...
Martha
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Ugo Ressia
Annarita Grapputo ...
Elisa (as Ann Gregs)
George Ardisson ...
Casati
Paul Teitcheid ...
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Tonino Campa ...
Tony (as Tony Campa)
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Bruno (as Foster Bards)
Ileana Fraia ...
Sonia (as Helen Frasson)
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Victor Bally
Attilio Cagnoni
Mario De Gregorio
Renzo Gobello
Michele Malla
Benedetto Mocellin
Mimmo Morleo
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Horror movie about a cursed house in Turin and the three relatives who inherit it. Two brothers and their cousin Elisa (who haven't seen each other since childhood) are brought together after their mother's death. They inherit her house under the condition that they live there together and never divide or sell the property. It's haunted and after many ghostly nightmares and some murders, Elisa finds a diary in the attic, learning that she is the sole survivor of "the seventh damned generation." Written by Ørnås

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In the opening credits of the English language export version, the titles is mispelled as "House of the Danned". See more »

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boring movie about a cursed family and a haunted house
17 December 2004 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

I saw the Mogul Video VHS of this. That's another one of those old 1980s distributors whose catalog I wish I had!

This movie was pretty poor. Though retitled "Don't Look in the Attic," the main admonition that is repeated in this is "Don't go to the villa." Just getting on the grounds of the villa is a bad idea. A character doesn't go into the attic until an hour into the movie, and actually should have done it earlier because of what is learned there.

The movie starts in Turin, Italy in the 1950s. Two men are fighting, and a woman is telling them the villa is making them do it. One man kills the other, then regrets it, and the woman pulls out the knife and stabs him with it. She flees the villa, and after she's left a chair moves by itself (what's the point of that?), but when in the garden a hand comes up through the ground and drags he into the earth.

From there, it's the present day, thirty years later. There's a séance that appears suddenly and doesn't appear to have anything to do with the movie. The children of the woman from the prologue are inheriting the house. The main daughter is played by the same actress who played her mother. At least one of the two men from the prologue seems to reoccur as another character too. She's haunted by some warnings not to go to the villa, but they all do, since if they do not use it, they forfeit it. People die. A lawyer who has won all his cases tries to investigate a little. The ending is pretty poor. Why was the family cursed? An unfortunately boring movie.

There's an amusing small-print disclaimer on the back of the video box that reads "The scenes depicted on this packaging may be an artist's impression and may not necessarily represent actual scenes from the film." In this case, the cover of the box is an illustration that does more or less accurately depict the aforementioned woman dragged underground scene, although there are two hands, and the woman is different. It's true, sometimes the cover art has nothing to do with the movie. I also recall seeing a reviewer who had a bad movie predictor scale, in which movies with illustrations on the cover instead of photos got at least one point for that.


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