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La casa dell'orco 

R | | Horror | Episode aired 1988
A sexually confused young woman is haunted by childhood memories when she moves into an old mansion in Italy with her husband and young son.

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Paolo Malco ...
Tom
Virginia Bryant ...
Cheryl
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Anna
Stefania Montorsi ...
Maria
Patrizio Vinci ...
Bobby
Alice Di Giuseppe ...
Young Cheryl
David Flosi ...
The Beast (as Davide Flosi)
Alex Serra ...
Dario the artist
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The American writer of horror novels Cheryl is a woman tormented by nightmares since she was a child. She rents the Trifiri Villa in Italy with her husband Tom and they travel on vacation with their son Bobby. On the arrival, Chery befriends the local Ann that offers her younger sister Maria to babysit Bobby in order to allow Cheryl and Tom to have dinner with her. Cheryl is writing her latest novel about an ogre that horrifies her since her childhood and soon she finds that all her fears are coming true. Further the house is surrounded by orchids that attract the ogre and his victims. Now Cheryl has to convince her skeptical husband that they are in dangerous and must leave the place. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When childhood dreams become adult nightmares fear turns into reality! [video cover] See more »

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Rated R for brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Arsoli!
25 September 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Successful American horror novelist Cheryl (Virginia Bryant) has suffered from recurring nightmares since she was a child; in these dreams, she finds herself in a dark cellar where she witnesses the birth of a hideous monster from a gelatinous, glowing sac attached to the ceiling.

While vacationing at an old Italian castle with her husband Tom (Paolo Malco) and young son Bob (are all irritating kids in Italian horror films called Bob?), Cheryl's nightmares become reality, as she and her family are terrorised by an ogre that lurks in the shadowy basement.

Don't let the Demons 3 monicker fool you into thinking The Ogre is another dose of gloopy, gory fun from Lamberto Bava: what we have here is a really lame made-for-TV snooze-fest that has no real connection with the director's earlier Demons movies, and which is totally devoid of the splattery craziness that made those film so enjoyable.

The Ogre consists of a series of not-in-the-least-bit-scary supernatural scenes that make very little sense, the film running on the same type of dream logic (i.e., absence of logic) as many a late 80s Italian horror, where anything can happen and nothing is adequately explained.

There's some ridiculous nonsense about the scent of orchids attracting the monster, Cheryl gets more and more hysterical while wandering around the sprawling castle corridors (and diving into a corpse-strewn swimming pool in the cellar?!?!), and Bob plays hide and seek with his pretty babysitter Maria (whose sister Anna is a major hottie). All the while, Cheryl tries to explain her concerns to her long-suffering husband, but he is having none of it, at least until the ogre finally makes an appearance (turning out to be a man in a fancy tunic, a bad rubber mask and hairy gloves).

In a suitably weak ending, Cheryl runs over the ogre in her car and it disappears. Was the creature simply a manifestation of her life-long fear that has finally been vanquished? Do we really care?

Simon Boswell's cool synth score lends a touch of class to proceedings, but the most memorable things about the whole film are, as far as I'm concerned, hot sisters Anna and Maria (who ALMOST provide some nudity), and the fact that, according to end credits, filming took place in the Castle of Arsoli, which almost made me snort some tea out of my nose.


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