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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

SHOCK (1977)



Daria Nicolodi vs. a bunch of inanimate objects? Mario Bava's last movie is a pretty big letdown from the Italian master of the gothic horror film. This one's basically a pretty stupid, mostly boring haunted house/possession movie which then turns out to not even be what it seems to be. The twists aren't unexpected at all. My main problem is the annoying little jackass kid in this. Is every little boy in Italy an irritating little pansy? If you watch enough of these Italian horror flicks you would definitely think so. In this one he's even kind of the hero of the story. A hero who no one will root for due to his grating performance. Hard to believe this was the same director as DANGER: DIABOLIK or BLACK SABBATH. It seems closer to one of the crappier Lucio Fulci films like MANHATTAN BABY or THE PSYCHIC or something like that. A.K.A.- BEYOND THE DOOR II (I've never seen BEYOND THE DOOR but after watching this I don't really know if I need to)

2 comments:

  1. Ive seen Shock or Beyond the Door 2 and was disappointed. David Colin Jr. from the original 1974 Beyond the Door stars in this. The original Beyond the Door starring Juliet Mills and Richard Johnson is better and alot more interesting. The original movie has the concept of being suspended in time and has a great deal more to do with the supernatural. Shock is more of a who done it murder story.

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  2. Yeah, I'm pretty sure this was a sequel in title only with nothing to do with the original movie.

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