Girl in Room 2a (1973)

GIRL IN ROOM 2A (1973)
aka La casa della paura
Article 3403 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-27-2010
Posting Date: 12-8-2010
Directed by William Rose
Featuring Daniela Giordano, Raf Vallone, John Scanlon
Country: Italy
What it is: Horror / mystery

A woman is released from prison to spend her parole in a boarding house. She soon discovers that horrible things have been happening to other women who have stayed at the house… and it involves a mysterious masked figure.

This chintzy and somewhat mean-spirited horror movie is supposed to have been shot in Italian, but it looks to me like most of the cast members are speaking English; the voices don’t look dubbed. It’s somewhat reminiscent of BLOODY PIT OF HORROR, only it’s not quite as much fun; it’s muddled and somewhat static, and there’s a hangdog air to the proceedings that leaves the movie feeling dull, and because of that some of the potentially nasty violence loses its power. If the movie avoids awfulness at all, it’s because it occasionally shakes itself out of its doldrums and catches the attention, mostly when it’s trying to work as a mystery rather than a horror movie. All in all, this one was pretty dreary.

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