HOUSE OF LOST SOULS (1989)
I decided to finally sit down and go through my external hard drives for movies I got years ago and have yet to indulge in. The title looked promising so I turned it on and gave it a go.
Immediatly, I noticed that the soundtrack was ripped off from other movies, most notedly DEMONS. I dug the shining-like vision sequence, only to be let down to the horrible truth of what was in store for me.
I’m not entirely sure if it was the screenplays fault, since I have yet to watch the Italian version, but goddamn… the dialogue made me burst out laughing. One of the first lines in the film takes place after the main character has a vision of murder and blood. Her boyfriend tries to calm her down with his words of wisdom: “Hey, calm down. The doctors gave you a reasonable explaination… you have psychic powers”.
The dialogue may suck beyond comprehension, but I have to hand it to Umberto Lenzi.. he knows atmosphere. What kept me watching this flick after the first few scenes was his use of atmosphere. You could tell there was a presence all around the house.
The kills are also pretty inventive. I never seen someone attacked by a laundry dryer and decapitated by it, lol. The ghosts M.O. are strickly limited to decapitation, so objects throughout the house become players attributing to the characters doom.
Although the acting sucks with cut-and-dry characters, the film is surrounded by creepy atmosphere, interesting kills, and enough haunted house cliches to entertain you for the whole ride.