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Madhouse (1981)

There Was a Little Girl (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 4 March 1981 (Italy)
Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin. She escapes to gate-crash a surprise birthday party for ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Trish Everly ...
Julia Sullivan
Michael MacRae ...
Sam Edwards
Dennis Robertson ...
Father James
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Helen (as Morgan Hart)
Allison Biggers ...
Mary Sullivan
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Amantha Beauregard
Richard Baker ...
Sacha Robertson Jr.
Don Devendorf ...
Principal
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Mr. Kimura
Doug Dillingham ...
Golden
Joe Camp ...
Hospital Guard
Janie Baker ...
Sacha's Mother
Huxsie Scott ...
Secretary
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Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin. She escapes to gate-crash a surprise birthday party for Julia. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Julia thinks she lives alone... she doesn't! See more »

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And When She Was Bad  »

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The entire crew had to be still and quiet during the shooting of any scenes involving the Rottweiler dogs. See more »

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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Better than expected.
16 January 2002 | by (A remote cabin in the wilderness) – See all my reviews

Okay, I admit this film isn't a masterpiece by any stretch, but slasher aficionados should find it enjoyable. I certainly did and was rather surprised by all the negative reviews I'd previously read. Granted, it's slow going in places, but the murders are genuinely creepy, as well as performances by Dennis Robertson as the twisted Father James and Allison Biggers as the deformed sister, Mary. Some ample doses of blood (in the unrated version) also add to the proceedings. While the film may not appeal to erstwhile horror fans, anybody with a taste for slashers will surely appreciate this entry in the genre.

Note: Some reviewers have condemned this film for lifting a scene out of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, but the the fact of the matter is that both films were released in the same year (1981), so it's debatable as to who stole what from whom. Personally, I preferred the scene as it was staged in this film, regardless of which came first. See it for yourself and you be the judge.


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