La casa dell’orco (1988)

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La casa dell’orco  (1988) aka “Demons 3:The ogre”

directed by:Lamberto Bava

cast:Paolo MalcoVirginia BryantSabrina Ferilli

Συμπαθητικό,ατμοσφαιρικό,αναίμακτο τηλεταινιάκι τρόμου του γνωστού και μη εξαιρετέου Lamberto Bava,γιού του τεράστιου,ανυπέρβλητου και πολλά άλλα κοσμητικά επίθετα,Mario Bava.

Όταν ήταν μικρή,η Σέρυλ,συγγραφέας ιστοριών τρόμου,βασανιζόταν από εφιάλτες.Τώρα μόνη μέσα στο αρχοντικό ξέρει οτι κάτι τρομερό συμβαίνει.Ξέρει οτι ο δράκος που την επισκεπτόταν στους εφιάλτες της,είναι ζωντανός και κρύβεται στα σκοτεινά υπόγεια.Ξέρει οτι αργά,αλλά σταθερά την πλησιάζει.

Σοβαρή Ατμόσφαιρα τρόμου και μυστηρίου αλα Ιταλικά στήνει ο Bava στο παρόν και δε μας χαλάει καθόλου,ειδικά έχοντας δει το ποταπό “Graveyard Disturbance” του ιδίου.Ευτυχώς για το σκηνοθέτη και για  μας,το “Τhe Ogre” στέκεται στο επίπεδο των καλύτερων παραγωγών της Reteitalia όπως τo:”House of clocks” μεταξύ άλλων.Τίποτα το φαντασμαγορικό,αλλά ένα καλόγουστο και καλοφτιαγμένο φίλμ με συμπαθητικές ερμηνείες.Ειδική μνεία πρέπει να γίνει στο θεικό score του Simon Boswell.

Φάουλ,η σύνδεση του “Τhe Ogre” με τη θρυλική σειρά splatter ταινιών”Demons” του σκηνοθέτη.Αλλά σε τέτοιες λαμωγιές επιδιδόντουσαν οι απανταχού διανομείς τότε.

Οι Ιταλόφιλοι θα περάσουν 90 ευχάριστα λεπτά.

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Low-key ,bloodless but stylish Horror TV movie by the mostly hit n’miss director Lamberto Bava.Of course we shouldn’t be unfair towards the late,great Mario Bava’s son. Lamberto  opted for more commercial spectacles and managed to do a couple of pretty cool movies,but his approach was nothing like his Father’s unparalleled craftmanship and eye for magnificent cinematic compositions.

The American writer of horror novels Cheryl is a woman tormented by nightmares since she was a child. She rents the Trifiri Villa in Italy with her husband Tom and they travel on vacation with their son Bobby. On the arrival, Chery befriends the local Ann that offers her younger sister Maria to babysit Bobby in order to allow Cheryl and Tom to have dinner with her. Cheryl is writing her latest novel about an ogre that horrifies her since her childhood and soon she finds that all her fears are coming true. Further the house is surrounded by orchids that attract the ogre and his victims. Now Cheryl has to convince her skeptical husband that they are in dangerous and must leave the place.

Luckily Bava’s setting ,screenplay and direction are effective.His film is also superbly lit,especially if one thinks about how tight the budget must have been.In “Casa dell’orco” Lamberto displays a stylish eye and a panache he didn’t really succeeded to show in his abysmal and dreadful “Graveyard disturbance.Of course he peaked his televisual style with “Morirai a Mezzanotte”,but this one isn’t a bad movie by any means.The cast performances are decent and the Simon Boswell score is an addictive, moody ,synth ambient.

The critical viewers would probably say this one’s dated.Guess what?The majority of the movies we present here could be considered dated by the lowest common denominator cinema viewers.My opinion is that “The ogre” is a well-made,modest production that is able to provide a few thrills.Pretty much in the vein of the better Reteitalia productions like “House of Clocks”,this film will mostly interest the Italophiles.

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