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Specters (1987)

Spettri (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 7 May 1987 (Italy)
A US professor of archaeology and his young research team uncover a sealed ancient pagan tomb under the mausoleum of the real life Roman Emperor Domitian. This unleashes an evil deity that starts haunting people involved with the dig.

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Complete credited cast:
John Pepper ...
Marcus
Trine Michelsen ...
Alice (as Katrine Michelsen)
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Professor Lasky
Massimo De Rossi ...
Matteo
Riccardo De Torrebruna ...
Andrea
Lavinia Grizi ...
Barbara
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ...
Gaspare
Giovanni Bilancia
Matteo Gazzolo ...
Mike
Laurentina Guidotti ...
Maria
Erna Schurer ...
Catacomb guide
Giovanni Tamberi ...
Gino
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Archeology professor and his assistants discover a forgotten tomb under Rome. By the time they translate the warnings inscribed on the stones surrounding it and gather that an ancient maleficent spirit is imprisoned there, it may be too late. Other than the people who work on the dig, the story also follows Alice, an actress, singer and girlfriend of Marcus, the professor's assistant. Written by Anonymous

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Never Change
Written by P.I. Germini - A. Cicco
Arranged by A. Valente - A. Cicco
Performed by Blue Visconti
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Gotta love 80s Italian horror
26 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...and I mean that sincerely. I don't truly understand all the hate this film has received. It honestly puzzles me. I have found it much better than the low rating it has garnered here. Maybe I just have a soft spot for 80s horror (or a hard-on, whichever way you want to perceive it).

I won't discuss the plot. It's already been dissected on here, so there really is no need. I will say this however; it is not nearly as inept as some would have you believe. The film does move at a slow pace and it is cheesy. I'll give them that, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it is that lovable 80s charm that makes this film worth watching. I will also admit it could have used a good dose of gore, but the lack of it really doesn't hinder the film as a whole.

So if you're a fan of 80s horror, specifically Italian in this case, then give it a shot. It's not a bad way to pass 90 minutes. If, on the other hand, you aren't very fond of 80s horror, then by all means give it a pass. Your loss.


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