Sunday, January 31, 2010

THE HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT

(Umberto Lenzi, 1989)

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Alright, I'll take a break on the Lenzi reviews after this one! This soggy little snooze-fest is Lenzi's other contribution to the House of Doom TV series. House of Witchcraft's story is about a guy who has nightmares of entering a "house" and encountering a "witch" who throws his severed head into a large cauldron. He and his wife decide to take some time off in the country and rent an old villa. Little surprise it is the same house from his dreams. They decide to stay anyway, despite the confused-looking old hag who bumps people off in the backyard at night!

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As in House of Lost Souls, many of the scenes are recycled from Ghosthouse,whose scenes themselves were lifted from several American horror movies. It's good to see they got their money's worth out of the maggoty Death costume, and apparently you can never have enough "windstorm in the bedroom" scenes! The film looks and IS rather dull, but is improved by the Simonetti soundtrack and one decent ghoulish twist in the plot. Recommended.

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