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R | | Horror, Mystery | 6 May 1992 (USA)
A group of people are killed one by one while participating at a million dollar treasure hunt in a mysterious Italian castle.

Director:

Rafal Zielinski

Writers:

Ed Naha (story), Dennis Paoli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adam Ant ... Diablo / Cyril St. Michael
Richard Blade Richard Blade ... Rex
Gail O'Grady ... Jackie
Harold Pruett Harold Pruett ... Tom
Bunty Bailey ... Cassandra Castle
Kim Johnston Ulrich ... Teri
Michael Zorek ... Harlan
Martha Demson Martha Demson ... Myrna
Traci Lind ... Yvette (as Traci Lin) (as Traci Linn)
William Butler ... Billy
Michael Deak ... Andy
Donald Hodson Donald Hodson ... Bruno
Marcello Modugno Marcello Modugno ... Tony
Dale Wyatt ... Jamie
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Storyline

Winning a trip to Italy through a contest, Jackie (O'Grady) and her brother Tom (Pruett) join other winners Myrna (Demson), Yvette (Lind), Terri (Ulrich), Harlan (Zorek) and Tony (Modugno). They settle into the rooms of an old castle, together with Cassandra (Bailey), a rock star playing along in the contest. Wanting to get a leg up on each other, they all try to sneak out and find the prize before it starts, to no avail. When the contest begins, they start to die one-by-one from a mysterious source within the castle. Figuring that evil forces are at work, the remaining members race to stop the assailant from finishing their work. Written by Anonymous

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His magic is evil ... His spell is deadly ... His power ... complete. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarownik See more »

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Naha originally wrote the script, but left at the last minute. It was eventually re-written by Dennis Paoli. See more »

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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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Passionate Crime
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One of the Lesser-Known Empire Films
9 October 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A group of people are killed one by one while participating at a million dollar treasure hunt in a mysterious Italian castle.

Despite being written by Dennis Paoli (who has achieved fame for writing or adapting "Re-Animator" and "From Beyond"), this is one of the lesser-known Empire films. Is it deservedly lesser-known? Well, I suppose it would be hard to compete with Stuart Gordon's work. But the Empire years were still the best work Charlie Band ever had his hand in.

We have Adam Ant as "Diablo" and horror veteran Bill Butler also appears. And, like many Empire and Full Moon films, we have the entire thing shot on location at Band's Italian castle. We have a sort of "House on Haunted Hill" theme going -- locked in a mysterious location, hoping to get rich (if they survive).

I enjoyed this one. I saw another review call it a snoozer, but I thought it had a good pace ("Puppet Master" is slower). And it is decently bloody with fair effects. Director Rafal Zielinski deserves more recognition than he gets.


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