GHOSTHOUSE (1988) Reviews and overview


GhostHouse original title: La Casa 3 – is a 1988 Italian horror feature film. The film was produced by exploitation auteur Joe D’Amato and directed by veteran Umberto Lenzi (Knife of Ice; Nightmare CityCannibal Ferox).


A group of unlikely companions receive a radio call leading to a deserted house with a grisly past. After exploring the house, the group makes the foolish decision to split up, leading to a trail of death and destruction as the house unleashes its deadly past…


 …obviously meant to be serious and scary, but, after the first five minutes, simply fails across the board. True, there is some decent blood and gore and an occasional clever idea, but the scatter-shot script features characters with pea brains who so basically beg to be killed that instead of fear, the only thing generated are raspberries’. A Wasted Life


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“Moments from other movies are thrown in at random (including an Omen-ish devil dog) and the cops say dumb things like “Don’t you forget about the Salem witch trials – this is good old Massachusetts!”, but Lenzi stages a series of bravura gore set pieces that make up for the lack of atmosphere and a final reveal of what looks like a maggot ridden version of Skeletor from He-Man.” Steven West, Horrorscreams Videovault


Cast and characters:

  • Lara Wendel … Martha
  • Greg Rhodes … Paul Rogers (as Greg Scott)
  • Mary Sellers … Susan
  • Ron Houck … Mark Dalen
  • Martin Jay … Jim Dalen
  • Kate Silver … Tina Dalen
  • Donald O’Brien … Valkos (as Donald O’Brian)
  • Kristen Fougerousse … Henrietta Baker
  • Willy M. Moon … Pepe
  • Susan Muller … Mrs. Baker
  • Alain Smith … Sam Baker
  • William J. Devany … Lieutenant
  • Ralph Morse … Coroner
  • Robert Champagne … Mortician
  • Hernest Mc. Kimnoro … Cemetery Custodian

Filming locations:

Boston, Massachusetts
Ellis Estate House – the same location used for The House by the Cemetery (1981)

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