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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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Julia thinks she lives alone... she doesn't! See more »

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Horror

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 »

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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

Ovidio G. Assonitis had to fire and subsequently fill in for the original director who was hired to do this film ten days into the production of this movie. 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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The 2004 UK Film 2000 release is fully uncut, although the sound quality is very poor. See more »

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References The Driller Killer (1979) See more »

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A mixed bag.
4 October 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

As co-written and directed by Ovidio Assonitis ("Beyond the Door", "Tentacles"), "There Was a Little Girl" (a.k.a. "Madhouse") is a mostly tedious affair running through the standard slasher paces adequately but without any real style. For its first two thirds, it actually plays more like a drama with some horror moments than an out and out horror film. It's too bad it got labelled as a Video Nasty, as it's never really that gory, at least not until the end. The good thing is that the performances are better than expected, and things do get marginally more interesting in the final third, with a plot development that some horror fans may see coming and some may not.

Trish Everly stars as Julia, a teacher in a school for deaf children whose birthday is nearing. In the days leading up to it, her deformed, demented twin sister Mary (Allison Biggers) escapes from the hospital. It seems that Mary had dominated and terrorized the meek Julia during their childhood, and now Julia is more than a little concerned. Mary had had a spooky canine companion when the two women were young, and now there's a bloodthirsty dog adding to the weirdness.

For around an hour or so, this is just a little too dull, although Assonitis succeeds in building some atmosphere. But the story becomes more fun upon its one true big reveal. Eventually, this bears some strong resemblances to the Canadian slasher "Happy Birthday to Me", although it's hard to say whether one movie ripped off the other or not. The beautiful Everly does an okay job in the lead, the equally lovely Morgan Most is fine as her friend, and Michael MacRae is acceptable as Julias' psychiatrist / lover, but the person who steals the show is Dennis Robertson as the friendly Father James. The animal work is good; trainer Joe Camp plays the ill-fated hospital guard. However, during the finale, when the crazed dog comes through a door, a special effect is employed, and it's laughably horrible.

Overall, a decent shocker redeemed to a degree by its last act.

Five out of 10.


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