“MADHOUSE”— A Slasher with a Touch go Giallo

“Madhouse”

A Slasher with a Touch of Giallo

Amos Lassen

Julia (Trish Everly) teaches deaf children for a living and is good at it. However, she has some skeletons in her closet, one of which is an identical twin. Five days before her birthday she goes to visit her twin Mary (Allison Biggers), who’s been deformed by a rare disease and is a bit insane as a result and is in a hospital. During the visit Mary threatens and mocks Julia, giving her flashbacks to a childhood where her twin would abuse her every year on her birthday with the help of a mean Doberman.

Not long after her visit, Mary escapes from the hospital and no one seems to really care about it. Soon people start are attacked and killed by Mary’s dog (including the deaf child Julia’s befriended). The rest of the film follows the final days leading up to the twin’s birthday as people around Julia die.

The film was directed and co-written by Ovidio G. Assonitis is what I would call a fun horror film. We see that Julia carries a fair bit of emotional baggage around with her. When she learned through a kindly priest named Father James (Dennis Robertson) that her sister’s condition has worsened and that she now suffers from even more horrible deformities, she begrudgingly agrees to go and visit her wayward sibling for the first time in years.

Around the time of Julia’s visit, strange murders start occurring in the area and Julia learns that the killings have been carried out by a giant dog matching the description of the one that her sister used to terrorize her in her younger days. She cannot help but think that her sister is back to her old tricks again. All of this happens on Julia’s birthday and while her boyfriend, Sam (Michael MacRae) is out of town. She then learns that Mary has escaped from the hospital and Julia just knows that her sister is going to be looking for her. The murder set pieces are presented with style and blood.

EXTRA FEATURES include:

– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations

– Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

– Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues

– Brand new interviews with cast and crew

– Alternate opening titles

– Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD

– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film

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