In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen, who committed suicide after killing his mistress. Norman heads to Boston with his wife Lucy Boyle and their son Bob to live in an isolated house in the woods that belonged to Dr. Petersen. Bob befriends the girl Mae that only he can see and she warns him to leave the house. Soon his parents hire the mysterious babysitter Ann and creepy things happen in the house. When Bobby goes to the basement, his parents discover the secret of the house.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Dr. Boyle and his family arrive in Boston, you can see the crew's reflection on the car before Mrs. Boyle opens the door. See more »
Mae, time to go home and remember your manners. Now that Bob is staying with us, be sure to treat him like a Freudstein. For other guests are surely destined to drop in.
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In the end credits: "no one will ever know whether children are monsters or monsters are children." - Henry James See more »
'Quella villa accanto al scimitar' is a pretty poor movie; more 'My Bloody Valentine' than 'Halloween'. The story, despite the attempts of some to describe it as complex, is simply muddled and ill conceived. The sound quality, and especially the foley work, is appalling. There is no real attempt to generate any level of suspense, merely dull and overdrawn sequences of little consequence stringing together a small handful of gory setpieces. When the gore does come, it is up to the usual Fulci standards, and there's one neck stabbing that is particularly well done, though the lack of arterial spray makes it wholly unconvincing. My primary complaint is with the creature in the basement. The mystery surrounding him, and Fulci's refusal to show us anything but a moldy arm, builds a sense of expectation that the climactic scene fails miserably to satisfy. The 'creature', when finally revealed, is very badly designed, with a completely amateurish make-up that destroys what little credibility the movie has managed to generate.
Many consider this superior Fulci. I'm not one of them. This is a poor film in any language.
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