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The Shunned House (2003)
"La casa sfuggita" (original title)

Video  -  Horror  -  18 October 2003 (USA)
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Based on H P Lovecraft's tale, "The Shunned House," presents the stories of three people who all died within the confines of the dark and isolated chateau. Each story is taken from a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuseppe Lorusso ...
Alex
Federica Quaglieri ...
Rita
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Luigi Montella
Silvia Ferreri ...
Nora / Estelle Roulet
Michael Segal ...
Marco Del Vespro
Cristiana Vaccaro ...
Carlotta Zann
Nicolò Viganelli ...
Young Alex
Nicoletta Verri ...
Innkeeper - The 40's
Claudio Viganelli ...
Mr. Viganelli - Innkeeper, The 20's
Roberta Marrelli ...
Annabel
Cinzia Vaccari ...
French girl
Stefania Andreotti ...
Rosa
Enrico Saletti ...
Lodger
Micaela Antolini ...
Killer girl
Roberta Romagnoli ...
Girl
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Based on H P Lovecraft's tale, "The Shunned House," presents the stories of three people who all died within the confines of the dark and isolated chateau. Each story is taken from a different period in time, yet they combine with one another to reveal the house's dark past to a journalist specialising in the paranormal and his sceptic girlfriend. Written by Ade Rowley

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h.p. lovecraft

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18 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa olvidada  »

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€35,000 (estimated)
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The film was shot completely on location, inside a villa which really had a chapel annexed to it. See more »

Goofs

When Rita dies, you can see, on the table, the electric torch used to light the camp gas-lamp See more »

Quotes

Rita: The only word I know in French is "merde"!
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Spoofed in The Horror of H.P. Lovecraft (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Capriccio #24, Opus 1
Written by Niccolò Paganini
Performed by Claudio Rodolfi
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Haunting
22 October 2006 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

The first time I watched this, I had much to drink. See, when I watch the usual low budget crap, I like to be drunk, it is entertaining that way. Well, the story in this film is very complicated and I couldn't follow it. So, I watched it a second time sober, and was most impressed.

What we have here is three stories tied together - this is not an anthology. A novelist and his girlfriend stay in this Shunned House for inspiration for his novel. She isn't too happy to be there, but he finds more than enough inspiration for his work. So, he tells her about the terrible history of the house, and thus we start seeing the other two stories. One is about a woman with a violin who plays beautifully, but has some kind of dark secret - something on the other side of her window. The other story is about a sleepwalker. Then during the second half there is this woman, all bloody, with her eyes covers and her lips sown together. I still can't figure out how she fits in to the rest of the story. However, as the movie goes, all these stories, according the novelist and his girlfriend, start building up, and climax, and of course, there is a twist or two at the end.

The music was brilliantly haunting, the effects were very good for the low budget (it doesn't look like Brain Damage Films usual cheap slasher). This is a serious horror film, not some cheap horny teenagers go smoke dope have sex with each other and get gruesomely murdered one after another. The acting in this film was also very good for the budget range. Hey, better than some of the terrible actors in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock ain't got nothing' on The Shunned House, ROFL. Seriously though, only a total movie snob, obsessed with high tech effects and A-List acting would turn his nose up at this one. I definitely recommend it for all horror fans. 7 out of 10.


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