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A family of 4 makes a long drive to Aunt Martha's house to visit her for the first time in years. Only she isn't there. Just the caretaker and his message that she will appear the next day...if they survive the night.
Anna Maria Placido
A gang of vicious young punks break into the house of an elderly couple, terrorize, and then murder them. Suddenly, the clocks in the house begin to run backwards, and the dead come back for revenge! Written by
Decent time-waster, but really only for die hard Fulci fans
It takes a special kind of fan to watch every film by their favorite directors, even the not so great ones. The greatest directors are entitled to a failure or two, which only hardcore fans would dare put themselves through. Even their more inferior works can have some merit. The late Lucio Fulci was really on a roll from the late 70s to early 80s, producing some of his greatest work. But then something changed and the quality of his projects declined until he retired from directing in 1994, two years before his unfortunate passing. He's made some top notch Horror flicks, some that are better off forgotten, and some that fall somewhere in between. This 1989 made for TV film falls into the latter category.
Pros: Pretty good performances. Good score that's at times eerie and others energetic, like something from a cheesy low budget Action film. Chilling concept. Beautiful cinematography. Some atmospheric moments. Moves at a decent pace. Decent gore effects. The whole thing has a really strange and creepy vibe.
Cons: Doesn't make a lick of sense. Most of the dubbing is awful. Plot is pretty thin. All the main characters are unlikable. Doesn't quite know how or when to end. It's great they leave somethings a mystery, but there aren't even any hints as to what in the world is going on with the clocks and the elderly couple.
Final thoughts: There's actually a good movie in here somewhere, but it just doesn't quite work. The script is a mess and keeps the film from reaching it's potential. Had Fulci made it during his peak years it may have been something. Still, for fans of his and Italian Horror in general it has enough going for it to be worth a watch.
My rating: 2.5/5
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