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Madhouse (1981)

There Was a Little Girl (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 4 March 1981 (Italy)
A woman is pursued by her murderous, psychopathic twin sister in the days leading up to their birthday.

Director:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman)

Writers:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman), Stephen Blakely | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patricia Mickey Patricia Mickey ... Julia Sullivan (as Trish Everly)
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Sam Edwards
Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson ... Father James
Morgan Most ... Helen (as Morgan Hart)
Allison Biggers Allison Biggers ... Mary Sullivan
Edith Ivey ... Amantha Beauregard
Richard Baker Richard Baker ... Sacha Robertson Jr.
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf ... Principal
Jerry Fujikawa ... Mr. Kimura
Doug Dillingham Doug Dillingham ... Golden
Joe Camp Joe Camp ... Hospital Guard
Janie Baker Janie Baker ... Sacha's Mother
Huxsie Scott Huxsie Scott ... Secretary
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Storyline

Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin. She escapes to gate-crash a surprise birthday party for Julia. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Many People Visit... Few Ever Leave See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

And When She Was Bad See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Overseas FilmGroup See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The entire crew had to be still and quiet during the shooting of any scenes involving the Rottweiler dogs. See more »

Quotes

Mary Sullivan: [Mary grabs Julia's wrist] Kind of makes you sick doesn't it.
Julia Sullivan: Mary...
Mary Sullivan: It doesn't feel so good either, i know, i know? How would you know, you don't have it. Not you. Not little miss prim and propper.
Julia Sullivan: Mary please.
Mary Sullivan: Soon... Soon it will be our birthday again, remember? Remember how we used to celebrate sister dear.
Julia Sullivan: No.
Mary Sullivan: Remember how you'd hide from me, but i'd find you anyway. Remember... Remember what i'd do, how it hurt. HUH,
[Screaming]
Mary Sullivan: well i will make it hurt again. I'll make you suffer like i ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The 2004 UK Film 2000 release is fully uncut, although the sound quality is very poor. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Run, but you'll never get away from me!
6 March 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

As Madhouse, this film was one of the infamous video nasties that were banned in Britain. It was released uncut in 2004.

Julia tells how she was terrorized as a girl by her sister Mary and her dog. next this, in the present day a bloodthirsty rottweiler shows up. Has her sister escaped the Madhouse again? This is a beautifully shot film. It has a real quality feel for a low-budget knockoff. Of course, there is some debate as to whether this is truly a knockoff as it came out the same years as the film it supposedly copies. Who knocked off whom? Besides the cinematography by Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli, it has a great score by Cannibal Holocaust's Riz Ortolani.

Slasher fans will enjoy it, and it really isn't that bad, in a bloody way. Of course, Helen (Morgan Hart) might disagree. This cute blond didn't last long, and wasn't very pretty after her attack. If she would have just ripped off her shirt, she might have escaped, and we might have seen a shot of flesh.

With Dennis Robertson as the girl's uncle and a crazy priest, and a wacky new age landlady (Edith Ivey), there were plenty of characters to keep us interested.

Julia's 25th birthday party was really going well until her boyfriend, Dr. Edwards (Michael MacRae) appeared and had to perform emergency surgery on the rottweiler with a drill. Boy, was Father James hacked at the way things turned out.


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