Teenagers stumble on a mysterious house haunted by the ghosts of depraved Nazis in this gory thriller. At the end of World War II, German soldiers engage in a perverse orgy with a group of prostitutes at a remote farmhouse just before it’s bombed. Now, contemporary kids discover the decrepit house on their way to Paris. They soon regret their decision to stay for the night, as the ethereal residents appear and cast a violent and seductive spell.
Though more often than not working on a strict budget and a short time line, Lucio Fulci ranked among the masters of blood-soaked Italian horror/fantasies and sexy thrillers. Fulci’s zombie films, beginning with Zombi 2 (1979), a loose sequel of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978), are especially prized by genre aficionados for their shocking violence and graphic gore.
According to Fulci, it was the love of a woman, not a passion for cinema, that led him into filmmaking. He met her while studying medicine and working as a part-time art critic. Their affair was brief for she came from a wealthy family who lost their fortune after the war, and so wanted a man with more income. Following the breakup, Fulci spied a newspaper ad announcing the reopening of the Experimental Film Studios. Thinking a filmmaking career might provide him with an impressive income, Fulci decided to apply. The great director Luchino Visconti, impressed by Fulci’s examination, personally admitted the… read more