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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 film was originally listed (as "Madhouse") as one of the official UK DPP 72 video nasties. It was released fully uncut in 2004.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A mixed bag., 4 October 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

As co-written and directed by Ovidio Assonitis ("Beyond the Door", "Tentacles"), "There Was a Little Girl" (a.k.a. "Madhouse") is a mostly tedious affair running through the standard slasher paces adequately but without any real style. For its first two thirds, it actually plays more like a drama with some horror moments than an out and out horror film. It's too bad it got labelled as a Video Nasty, as it's never really that gory, at least not until the end. The good thing is that the performances are better than expected, and things do get marginally more interesting in the final third, with a plot development that some horror fans may see coming and some may not.

Trish Everly stars as Julia, a teacher in a school for deaf children whose birthday is nearing. In the days leading up to it, her deformed, demented twin sister Mary (Allison Biggers) escapes from the hospital. It seems that Mary had dominated and terrorized the meek Julia during their childhood, and now Julia is more than a little concerned. Mary had had a spooky canine companion when the two women were young, and now there's a bloodthirsty dog adding to the weirdness.

For around an hour or so, this is just a little too dull, although Assonitis succeeds in building some atmosphere. But the story becomes more fun upon its one true big reveal. Eventually, this bears some strong resemblances to the Canadian slasher "Happy Birthday to Me", although it's hard to say whether one movie ripped off the other or not. The beautiful Everly does an okay job in the lead, the equally lovely Morgan Most is fine as her friend, and Michael MacRae is acceptable as Julias' psychiatrist / lover, but the person who steals the show is Dennis Robertson as the friendly Father James. The animal work is good; trainer Joe Camp plays the ill-fated hospital guard. However, during the finale, when the crazed dog comes through a door, a special effect is employed, and it's laughably horrible.

Overall, a decent shocker redeemed to a degree by its last act.

Five out of 10.

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