Monday, October 30, 2017

MADHOUSE (1981) Blu-ray review

Madhouse (1981) d. Assonitis, Ovido (Italy) (1st viewing) 92 min

Julia (Trish Everly) has spent her entire adult life trying to forget the torment she suffered at the hands of her twisted twin Mary (Allison Biggers)... but Mary hasn't forgotten. Escaping the hospital where she's recently been admitted with a horrific, disfiguring illness, Julia's sadistic sister vows to exact a particularly cruel revenge on her sibling this year, promising a birthday surprise that she'll never forget.

Co-starring Dennis Farina lookalike Michael Macrae, sexy blonde Morgan Hart (aka Morgan Most), and an especially juicy turn from Dennis Robertson as Julia’s spiritual leader Father James, legendary producer/director Assonitis, the man behind such cult favorites as The Visitor and Tentacles, serves up a crimson-soaked tale of sibling rivalry taken to a terrifying and bloody extreme.

An Italian production shot entirely in Savannah, Georgia, Madhouse (aka And When She Was Bad and There Was a Little Girl) fuses slasher tropes with vicious Rottweiler (and Rottweiler puppet head) attacks, all administered with over-the-top ’80s Italian terror splatter, culminating in a bloodbath finale so garish that the British authorities saw fit to brand it as an official Video Nasty.

Arrow’s new blu-ray release has been remastered from the original camera negative and includes an audio commentary featuring the hosts of The Hysteria Continues podcast, as well as brand new interviews with the cast and crew.

Madhouse is available now on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and can be ordered HERE:


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