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La casa del sortilegio (1989)

A man has dreams of a house and a witch, his girlfriend suggests a break and and head for her family home unbeknown to him the house is the same as in his dreams.

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Andy J. Forest ... Luke Palmer
... Martha Palmer
Susanna Martinková ... Dr. Elsa Palmer
Marina Giulia Cavalli ... Sharon Mason
... Andrew Mason
Maria Stella Musy ... Debra Palmer
Alberto Frasca ... Steven
... Witch (as Maria Clementina Cumani Qusaimodo)
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A man has dreams of a house and a witch, his girlfriend suggests a break and and head for her family home unbeknown to him the house is the same as in his dreams.

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Third part of the series "Le case maledette" (Doomed Houses) also including The Sweet House of Horrors (1989), The House of Clocks (1989) and House of Lost Souls (1989). See more »

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Follows The Sweet House of Horrors (1989) See more »

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Boring and Unoriginal Mess
11 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

The House of Witchcraft (1989)

* (out of 4)

Luke (Andy J. Forest) is having nightmares of an old castle where some strange things are happening. His wife (Sonia Petrovna) decides to get him away from their home for a relaxing vacation but the spot she takes him is the same place from his dreams.

THE HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT was part of a four film series that was made for Italian television. Two films were directed by Umberto Lenzi and the other two by Lucio Fulci but all four films have a pretty poor reputation and there's no question that this one here was much worse than either of Fulci's. There are all sorts of problems with this movie, which we will get to in a moment but it's clear that the Italian horror genre was in the middle of a very ugly death.

As I said, there are all sorts of problems with this film including the fact that the screenplay is incredibly bland and unoriginal. How many horror films have we seen where someone is haunted by dreams and then they end up at the place they're dreaming about? Lenzi certainly doesn't do anything fresh with the idea and we're left with a very boring story and even more boring characters. There's not a single scare to be had here and what's worse is that the film stays away from any graphic violence or gore.

Both Forest and Petronva are pretty bland in their roles and the only one who really brings anything is Paul Muller who appears in a few scenes. It was great getting to see the Jess Franco regular here but sadly he couldn't even save the picture. THE HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT is one of the most unoriginal films that I've seen from Lenzi and it's really too bad that it turned out so poor.


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