For a film that begins in awfully familiar (and downright cheesy) scenes of familiar bliss pitted against a haunted house slowly this film emerges with plenty of moments of genuine horror. Throw in a few decent plot twists and a couple great cinematic tricks and you have yourself a decent little haunt flick. Certainly does the Bava name good for a later carrer film.
Everything in this just 'clicked' for me. This goes from being gripping to incredible in its unconventional and nerve racking take on the possessed child story. I love it when a film unexpectedly causes my jaw to drop on the floor when I expected it to be a merely good film from Bava.
Bava's last film may lack some of the visual sophistication of his best work, but it's still a ripping psychological horror by a master. Inventive and original, with a strong central performance by Nicolodi and and great eerie atmosphere. It should also be considered one of the best of the "creepy child" subgenre. A must for fans of Bava and Italian horror, though the incredibly dated score is a hinderance at time.