A murdered couple return from the beyond to care for their two young children, as well as seek revenge against their killer, accept their children's step parents, and try to prevent their house from being sold.
Diablo is a biker gang leader executed for the murder of a young woman. A year after his death, it's time for Spring Break. Football players Skip and Ronnie head to the beach, where Skip ... See full summary »
Nicolas De Toth,
A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.
Movies about nightmares have a lot of potential. The 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series really took the concept to great heights. It allows filmmakers to really use their imaginations. Of course, not all filmmakers use it as much as they should. Made as part of series of four films made for TV, 'The House of Witchcraft' is largely about nightmares. Umberto Lenzi is known for making some really entertaining low budget genre flicks. Sorry to say that this isn't one of them.
Pros: Some of the cast does all right. Pretty good score. Nice scenery. A few memorable moments of craziness. Umberto Lenzi gets a few nice shots. Decent whodunit subplot.
Cons: Not much plot. Some wooden performances. Too many underdeveloped characters. Most of the dubbing is poor. A lot of awful dialogue. Plot holes aplenty. Really drags in the middle. Pretty predictable.
Final thoughts: This film actually started out with some promise. Unfortunately, it soon takes a dive and only occasionally comes to life. Hard to believe this is from the same man who gave us great cheese like 'Ghosthouse,' but it is. Most low budget Italian Horror films have bad writing, dubbing, acting and so on, but at least they're fun to watch. This one had the right ingredients, but someone poisoned the stew.
My rating: 2/5
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