New Yorker Liza Merril inherits an old hotel in Louisiana, and invests her savings to reopen the place. While repairing the building, many people die, and local Dr. John McCabe feels close to Liza and tries to help her to solve the mystery of the hotel. Meanwhile, Emily, a blind woman, advises Liza to leave the place as soon as possible. Later they realize that the place is one gate of hell and has been opened, permitting the dead walk on Earth. —Claudio Carvalho
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
Lucio Fulci a traves de una serie de de sin sentidos rebasando el limite permitido en el género, cayendo en lo absurdo nos trae esta pelicula con disfrutables efectos visuales y una atmosfera bien lograda. La verdad es que se convierte en una película de comedia muy difrutable.
Con este film, el segundo que he visto de Fulci tras Angustia de Silencio, supongo que puedo declarar mi admiración hacia su estilo: el uso del foco selectivo, los zooms, los primerísimos primeros planos y el gore (esos ojos desprendidos por doquier) Lástima que los guiones no estén a la altura. El tercer acto de esta película se descarrila de un modo absurdo y bochornoso. Sin embargo, me parece recomendable.