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Spettri (1987)

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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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
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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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A mysterious and menacing labyrinth. See more »

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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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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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Written by P.I. Germini - A. Cicco
Arranged by A. Valente - A. Cicco
Performed by Blue Visconti
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Demonic dreck.
23 August 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

This cruddy, late-80s, Italian supernatural/demonic horror sees horror icon Donald Pleasance slumming it as archaeologist Professor Lasky, who, as the result of tremors caused by subway drilling under Rome, discovers a pre-Christian tomb full of pagan carvings, including an inscription which warns that "evil will come". And come it most certainly does, in the form of an ancient demon that proceeds to attack those involved in the excavation.

Italian horror films of the 80s often displayed little regard for logic, but made up for their general incoherence with a sense of style, enthusiastic gore, and—if possible—some nudity from a good looking babe or two. This one tries on all three counts, but fails spectacularly on the first two, director Marcello Avallone's overuse of his smoke and wind machines hardly qualifying as stylish, while the splatter, most of which is saved for the film's closing moments, is frustratingly brief (blink and you'll miss it). Thankfully, Trine Michelsen as Alice, sexy girlfriend of archaeologist Marcus, is on hand for the gratuitous T&A, obligingly stripping off a couple of times in order to keep the viewer awake.

The bulk of Specters, however, consists of lots of dreary dialogue and numerous supposedly scary scenes that rarely amount to much (with the best moment being blatantly ripped off from A Nightmare on Elm Street); as such, the film proves extremely tedious and delivers little in the way of genuine frights. The demon (created by Italian FX expert Sergio Stivaletti) remains hidden until the final moments, and, to be honest, isn't really worth the wait.

3.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 4 for the hilariously bad computer graphics used to track Marcus as he explores the tomb, and Alice's hub-cap sized earrings.


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