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Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
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The loud classical music that Wallace blasts over the theater system is from Sergei M. Eisenstein's film Stachka (1925). See more »
Peter's "severed" head blinks several times during the final sequences. See more »
You know that people have a morbid curiosity about murder. And they're going to line up for blocks to see a show in which one of the actresses has been murdered by the real-life maniac in the plot!
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An impressive debut from the director of 'The Church' and 'Cemetery Man'
Italian horror film directors like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Mario Bava enjoyed prolific careers for decades, but for as many talented horror directors in Italy there were, there were three times as many inept ones. By the late 1980s the Italian horror film market was beginning to dwindle and it needed a shot of life in the arm, and fast. In 1987 a young up and coming director, once known for bit parts in such classics as 'Demons' and 'City of the Living Dead' introduced the world to his first feature film and for a first it's a memorable one.
Pros: Performances are good all around. Briskly-paced. Some very intense and extremely bloody murders. An excellent and at times creepy score from Simon Boswell, who went on to score Lamberto Bava's 'Demons 2' and 'The Ogre.' Director Soavi should be applauded for such a strong debut. He also does a good job of keeping things unpredictable. Some chilling sequences, like the chase near the end.
Cons: A few of the characters are really unlikable and you'll want them to bite it quick. It makes sense to have cops outside to watch the place, but their scenes are nothing but worthless filler. A really lame and unnecessary final few minutes.
Final thoughts: Just when the Italian horror business seemed to be on it's last legs, this director's work came along and kept it going for a while longer. It may not be among the genre's greatest, but it's a worthy part of it. Too bad Soavi hasn't done a horror film since 'Cemetery Man' because he's proved that he's no one hit wonder.
My rating: 3.5/5
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