Ghosthouse (Horror) 1988 [Movie/Review]

8/10

Year: 1988
Genre: Italian Horror
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Original Title: La Casa 3
Source: Blu-Ray (X-Rated)

PLOT:

A group of visitors to a seemingly-deserted home find themselves tormented by demonic spirits – including one particularly freaky little girl and her creepy clown companion. Soon, our hapless heroes find themselves powerless to conquer the evil of the Ghosthouse – where death holds the mortgage and if you move in… there’ll be Hell to pay!

OPINION

I just loooooove this movie, it’s awesome, but don’t get me wrong it’s trash … wonderful, fantastic trash. I have probably seen this about 20 times and now the last time on a remastered blu-ray edition. I think this movie works better on a VHS. It kind of needs that gritty feeling.

It’s made by Umberto Lenzi, one of my favorite Italian director. The man behind legendary movies such as Cannibal Ferox, Nightmare Beach and Roma a mano armata.

As with a lot of these older low budget movies it’s filled with plot holes, ridiculous scenes and strange manuscript ideas, like why the hell would someone go on a camping vacation in the autumn to a random abandon house and not even have any interest whatsoever in the house in the first place? When Henrietta is shown lying in her coffin her legs are apart, but when it cuts to a shot of Paul pouring the gasoline in her legs are crossed.

Unfortunately it contains several scenes with one of my biggest pep peeve in (mostly older) movies. A killer comes walking against someone, holding a weapon raised, like an axe but the soon to become a victim do nothing, absolutely nothing to defend themself apart from screaming. Not even trying to fend of the attacker.

In Italy it was promoted as Evil Dead III to ride on the success of Sam Raimi’s two movies. Now I probably will be killed by most 1980’s horror fans, but I prefer this one to Evil Dead II … since I really dislike intentional comedy horror.

I also think the movie soundtrack to this day seriously is one of the creepiest ever made (you can listen to it down below on Spotify) and unbelievable have now been release on vinyl now by Terror Vision.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND

It was filmed in the US, mainly in Boston and around the Massachusetts area.

According to producer Joe d’Amato, the film was a commercial success mainly because of Achille Manzotti’s idea to change the title from “Ghosthouse” to “La Casa 3”. “La Casa 1” and “La Casa 2” being the Italian titles for Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987).

Classic Goof: When Paul comes to save Martha where Henrietta was buried… on her grave it says that she was born in 1938 and died in 1967. That would make her 29 when she died, but as the story says she died when she was eleven.

FORMAT

I watched this on a fantastic mediabook blu-ray edition from the German company X-Rated.

  • Interview with director Umberto Lenzi (in Italian with German subtitles) (9:39) 
  • Italian Credits (2:42) 
  • Original Score Track “Ghost Fear” (1:58) 
  • Original Score Track “Nice to Meet” (3:10) 
  • Promotional Material France (0:32) 
  • Promotional Material Italy (0:27) Theatrical Trailer (2:43) 

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