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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 ...
Trine Michelsen ...
Alice (as Katrine Michelsen)
Professor Lasky
Massimo De Rossi ...
Riccardo De Torrebruna ...
Lavinia Grizi ...
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ...
Giovanni Bilancia
Matteo Gazzolo ...
Laurentina Guidotti ...
Erna Schurer ...
Catacomb guide
Giovanni Tamberi ...


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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First of only two horror films by Italian director Marcello Avallone. The other one is "Maya" (1989). See more »


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Written by P.I. Germini - A. Cicco
Arranged by A. Valente - A. Cicco
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Boring eighties trash
11 May 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I wonder if, back when he was wowing audiences with great performances in films such as Cul-de-sac and The Flesh and the Fiends, Donald Pleasance ever thought he'd be starring in dross like this? Anyway, I have to say that I wasn't surprised to find that Specters is basically the film I thought it would be; namely, a poor Demons-style trashy eighties horror flick with little in the way of redeeming features. The plot is just common horror fare and features a bunch of researchers digging into places they shouldn't be digging and revealing a load of ancient catacombs that warn of impending doom. Naturally, the evil is unleashed. At the very least from this, I was expecting some decent gore; but all we actually get is cheesy crap which is matched by the trashy atmosphere and typically cheesy eighties soundtrack. The plot is a complete mess and I found it very easy to get bored. Donald Pleasance was obviously bored too, and that's not surprising considering the talent of the people he's working with; naturally, Specters features some awesomely terrible acting. It all boils down to a typically pointless ending and overall, this is one of the few films that is bettered by the lamentable 'Demons 2'!

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