Cruel Peter – Italy, 2019 – overview and reviews


Cruel Peter is a 2019 Italian horror feature film about a torturous bully who is killed in an act of revenge but lives on after death.

Directed by Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini, the Makinarium-Rai Cinema-Taadaaa Entertainment movie stars Angelica Alleruzzo, Antonio Alveario and Aran Bevan. It has also been released as Cruel Peter: The Boy and Mama.


It is Christmas 1908 in Messina, one of the richest merchant cities of the Mediterranean. Peter, the thirteen-year-old son of a rich English family is notorious for his cruelty to children, animals and servants.

One night he is ambushed and wakes up in a coffin underground in the city’s Gothic cemetery, buried in retaliation for his callousness by a servant boy from his mother’s estate. When a powerful earthquake razes Messina to the ground, Peter is trapped and his whereabouts are forgotten. Until a century later an English archaeologist and his daughter arrive in the city…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s sort of by the numbers though albeit a good storyline but heavily stamped with predictability. The special effects are pretty good, not great but between talking and walking rotting corpses, climbing on walls and demons voicing their dismay it should satisfy the hunger for the average horror fan.” Crystal Clear Movies

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“Some nice settings and visuals (manor house, old cemetery, Italian landscape) and a decent production make this one an okay movie – if you are interested in a haunted house and evil spirit stories. The weak side of Cruel Peter is the story – more or less your typical story without any great surprises.” Tweetienator


Cruel Peter was released theatrically and on VOD platforms on Friday, March 13th by Vertical Entertainment.

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