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Together Forever (1975)

Il medaglione insanguinato (Perche?!) (original title)
R | | Horror | March 1976 (USA)
The titular medallion is a gift presented to young Nicole Elmi. Once the girl places the gift around her neck, she is possessed by the spirit of a dead child who was a murderess.

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Massimo Dallamano
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Johnson ... Michael Williams
Joanna Cassidy ... Joanna Morgan
Lila Kedrova ... Contessa Cappelli
Evelyn Stewart ... Jill Perkins (as Evelyne Stewart)
Edmund Purdom ... Doctor
Nicoletta Elmi ... Emily Williams
Riccardo Garrone ... Police Inspector
Dana Ghia ... Emily's Mother
Eleonora Morana ... Contessa's Maid
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The titular medallion is a gift presented to young Nicole Elmi. Once the girl places the gift around her neck, she is possessed by the spirit of a dead child who was a murderess.

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Country:

Italy

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English | Italian

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March 1976 (USA) See more »

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Together Forever See more »

Filming Locations:

Ariccia, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

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1.85 : 1
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[epilogue] His Holiness Pope Paul VI "...The Devil is at the origin of the first misfortune of mankind.....he is the secret enemy that sows errors and misfortunes in human history." *L'Osservatore Romano* Vatican, November 15, 1972. See more »

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References La Dolce Vita (1960) See more »

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Better than you might think
31 December 2017 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

A documentarian working on a film about the devil's depictions in artwork finds his life turned upside after the death of his wife, which traumatizes his daughter. Things get worse, though, when his daughter receives a cursed medallion that renders her possessed by a child murderess.

I went into this film with low expectations as it is certainly not a film that has a sturdy reputation-the Code Red DVD release of the film in fact brands it under their "Septic Cinema" series, with the disc menu featuring a porta-potty. This is actually rather misleading, and possibly offensive. Though not a great film, "The Night Child" is a far cry from the utter trash that some may have you believe.

Similar to other European rip-offs of supernatural American horror at the time ("Beyond the Door" and many others come to mind), the film riffs on elements from "The Exorcist" (though is far more understated) and at times looks and even feels like "The Omen," and unabashedly so. Fortunately, this makes for an atmospheric film, boasting lush and wintry London sets that contrast with warm, oppressive interiors. An eerie score underpins the proceedings, which are somewhat slow-going, but they do pick up in the last third.

The film boasts a cast of English-speaking actors, with the English Richard Johnson leading the film, and American Joanna Cassidy playing his producer and sometimes-lover. The dubbing and dialogue are a bit hit-and-miss, but this is mostly expected for a film of the period, and at times it reminds one of some of the Bava or Argento films of the era.

In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by "The Night Child," which seems to have garnered a reputation that I frankly found at odds with what was on screen. The film is a rip-off, but a good one, and it offers a select few well-orchestrated scenes and a chilling atmosphere. For what it is, this is an above-average foray into the "possessed children" subgenre. 7/10.


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