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There Was a Little Girl
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4 March 1981 (Italy) See more »
Julia thinks she lives alone... she doesn't! See more »
Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Trish Everly ... Julia Sullivan
Michael MacRae ... Sam Edwards
Dennis Robertson ... Father James

Morgan Most ... Helen (as Morgan Hart)
Allison Biggers ... Mary Sullivan

Edith Ivey ... Amantha Beauregard
Richard Baker ... Sacha Robertson Jr.
Don Devendorf ... Principal

Jerry Fujikawa ... Mr. Kimura
Doug Dillingham ... Golden
Joe Camp ... Hospital Guard
Janie Baker ... Sacha's Mother
Huxsie Scott ... Secretary

Directed by
Ovidio G. Assonitis  (as Oliver Hellman)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ovidio G. Assonitis  (as Oliver Hellman)
Stephen Blakely 
Roberto Gandus 
Peter Shepherd 

Produced by
Ovidio G. Assonitis .... producer (as Oliver Hellman)
Peter Shepherd .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli 
Film Editing by
Angelo Curi 
Art Direction by
Stefano Paltrinieri 
Costume Design by
Serena Severini 
Makeup Department
Nilo Jacoponi .... makeup artist
Gino Zamprioli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jacques Goyard .... executive in charge of production
Roger Salvadori .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stratton Leopold .... assistant director
Sound Department
Piero Fondi .... sound
Romano Pampaloni .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurizio La Monica .... assistant camera
Maurizio Maggi .... camera operator
Fabrizio Vicari .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Stratton Leopold .... casting: Georgia
Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us]
Daniela Puccini .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"There Was a Little Girl" - Italy (original title)
"Flesh and the Beast" - USA (video title)
"Scared to Death" - USA
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USA:92 min
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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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Referenced in Happy Birthday to Me (1981)See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hyped-Up Italian Horror Film, Not Shocking, 22 December 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

There were two sisters: one good, one evil. One normal, one deformed. And one that went completely insane. Years later, on her birthday, she has escaped and people start dying. Sort of like "Halloween", you say? Not exactly. This is more like the left-handed, red-headed little step-cousin through marriage. That is to say, a much lesser breed.

In the world of Italian horror, the name Ovidio G. Assonitis doesn't get floated around much. I mean, did you ever see the film "Tentacles"? Probably not. If you have seen one of Assonitis' films, it was most likely this one. And even then, it was probably on accident unless you searched it out for being on the Video Nasties list.

I am a fan of critic Jim Harper, and his analysis of this film is well-stated. Harper describes the film, aside from the notorious dog scene (which wasn't as shocking as you may think), as "not quite so interesting". He deems that the movie "can't be considered a total failure", which is a bit of a forced compliment. Really, the plot isn't much to work with, and the only thing that distinguishes this film from other Italian films of the same period is the superior video quality.

Harper understates the score of Riz Ortolani as "annoying". While annoying is accurate, this doesn't really highlight the full extent of its inanity. What you will hear is an odd group of space sounds that would fit perfectly on an Atari game, such as "Asteroids", but has no place in a movie of this kind -- or maybe any kind. What is called "music" is little more than sound effects poorly strung together.

As a fan and collector of Italian horror, I took delight in watching this one, actually saving it for just the right occasion. And it was very much along the lines I expected -- poorly scripted, low budget and with minimal plot. If this is what you're looking for, give "Madhouse" (or "There Was a Little Girl", as it is sometimes called) a try. If you're looking for decent horror fare or a positive introduction to Italian horror, this isn't it. Try some Fulci or Argento from this period first.

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