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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.


Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman)


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




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


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


When the dog attacks the first victim, it's obvious he is trained to bite him on the hand, because the actor can be seen readying the arm for him to bite. See more »


Mr. Kimura: Are you afraid of ghosts, Miss Julie?
Julia Sullivan: Oh, not really. It's not the dead that scare me, it's the living.
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Alternate Versions

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


Spoofs The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Madness all around the House
30 October 2020 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

And around the block I reckon. Let's just say everywhere - that should cover it. This 80s movie (the hairdos!) is a relic of its time. If you are a fan of that time period and the offsprings and offerings that it brought, you may be inclined to have enjoyed this more - or will enjoy it more if you haven't watched it yet.

There are quite a few influences (even fans or Arrow heads who talk about it, don't completely agree what is being referenced at every moment, but it is quite a lot) and a lot of cliches. One of the best things is the eerie mood this sets. One of the worst is character decisions ... like "don't open the door" as an advice being completely disregarded, even when you are literally being called out ... you almost wish death upon those characters! Always keeping in the back of your mind this is a movie, not wishing anyone death in real life of course. If you don't mind some of those downfalls, the ending will completely blow your mind ... ludicrous to say the least ... good or bad? I couldn't tell you what you'll think ...

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4 March 1981 (Italy) See more »

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