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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 hideosly disformed 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
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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Referenced in The Initiation (1984)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not deserving of its 'nasty' label., 20 December 2008
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Madhouse stars Trish Everly as Julia Sullivan, a teacher at a school for the deaf, whose hideously disfigured and sadistic twin sister, Mary, resides in a nearby mental hospital. Four days before Trish's birthday, Mary escapes in order to arrange a special party for her unsuspecting sister...

In the United Kingdom in the 1980s, movies released on home video became the target of a hate campaign led by Britain's über-vigilant defenders of moral decency: the press, bored housewives, and Conservative politicians. As a result, a list was compiled of the films they deemed to be most offensive; these titles became known as 'Video Nasties' and were seized from shops before they had a chance to work their evil influence on an unsuspecting public.

Ovidio G. Assonitis's Madhouse was one such 'nasty'.

Featuring a bloodthirsty rottweiler, a frenzied axe attack that reduces the victim's back to a bloody pulp, and a messy canine lobotomy by electric drill, it quickly found itself added to the list of titles most likely to corrupt and deprave. It didn't matter much to the moral crusaders that the film was also a well-crafted psychological chiller that delivered plenty of atmosphere, memorable performances, and some lovely cinematography; no... this film featured a dog receiving a drill-bit between the eyes, and we can't have people watching that kind of stuff, can we?

Two decades on, and Madhouse is now available uncut on DVD; it seems that the people of the UK have since developed to a stage where they are able to handle such horror without it turning them into murderous lunatics (either that, or the authorities have actually realised they were wrong and the film was never that disturbing in the first place). Oh well, better late than never, I suppose...

Ironically, Assonitis's film is perhaps a little too slow and lacking in gore for today's casual horror viewer, but for seasoned fans of the genre, it offers plenty to enjoy: there's the mystery of the identity of a second killer (not too hard to guess, but fun nevertheless); a great OTT performance from Dennis Robertson as Father James, Trish's nursery-rhyme singing uncle; a likable heroine; a brief performance from Morgan Hart as very tasty, blonde rottweiler fodder, Helen; and a ghoulish final scene that is remarkably similar to that of a Canadian slasher, Happy Birthday To Me (who stole from whom is debatable, since both films were released in the same year).

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