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Meridian (1990)

R | | Horror | Video 13 April 1990
Two American girls in Italy are drugged and raped by an evil magician and his twin brother who suffer from a curse that turns them into beastmen each day. One of the girls falls for the good twin and decides to help him break the curse.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Catherine
... Lawrence / Oliver
... Gina (as Charlie)
... Martha
... Dwarf
... Priest
... Beast
Vito Passeri ... Adriana
Angelo de Bianchi ... Lunatic Man
Mohamed Badrsalem ... Strong Man (as Salem Badr)
Walter Colombaioni ... Fire Eater
Nashira ... Belly Dancer
Gianluca Tramboni ... Boy
Fernando Cerulli ... Master
Isabella Celani ... Ghost
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Gina, an American art student who moved to Italy to work as an art restorer, is asked by the priest of the local gothic church to clean up an old painting that was found there and which may contain a second, hidden painting that was painted over for some reason. Gina later visits her best friend Catherine who's inherited a nearby castle where she once lived before moving to America as a child. Her old nanny is now the only other person there. The two girls visit a traveling sideshow carnival and invite the performers to the castle for dinner. Both girls fall for the handsome leader of the carnival who unfortunately turns out to be an evil magician and serial rapist. He and his evil dwarf minion drug the girls' drinks and have their way with them. The magician then takes Catherine to his twin brother who has turned into a beastman due to a curse to have sex with her while she's still out. In the morning the girls wake up barely remembering what happened. Gina leaves to work on the ...

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saved by Sherilyn
29 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie but it was included in a box set of horror I found in a bargain bin. Obviously from a VHS copy, the grainy screen added to the films overall aura. Little Red Riding Hood meets Beauty and the Beast is what came to mind. It is an interesting adult themed version of two girls trip To Italy, one to pursue art the other to take possession of an inherited castle. I thought the pace was rather slow and the scenes of love and rather flat, lacking that abandon I look for in love scenes, leaving the story rather cold. But the lush scenery helped make up for the loss of depth in the theme. Sherilyn Flynn made this bearable for me.


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