Sunday, April 24, 2016

La Mansion de la Niebla (1972)

AKA: The Murder Mansion, Maniac Mansion

Director: Francisco Lara Polop

Writers: Luis G. de Blain, Antonio Troiso

Composer: Marcello Giombini

Starring: Ida Galli, Analia Gade, Lisa Leonardi, Andreas Resino, Franco Fantasia, Alberto Dalbes, Yelena Samarina, George Rigaud, Ingrid Garbo

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  What Horror Awaits in the Tomb of the Living Dead?

Plot: A couple, lost in thick fog, take refuge in an old mansion next to a cemetery. Strange things start to happen.

My rating:  5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I don't know what specifically drew me to watch this less-than-exciting/memorable horror movie.  It must've been that kick ass movie poster.  It's actually a good looking movie.  I watched a good quality anamorphic widescreen print dubbed in English under the original title.  There's a lot of dialogue in this horror/thriller so if you're looking for a bloody romp with boobs you'll be disappointed.  My biggest issue with it is that I was bored just minutes into it.  Scenes drone on for too long, people take forever to say things that would probably a lot faster in the real world, stuff like that.  Then by the time you get to the end, one of the bad guys gives some lengthy exposition to the other one about everything that he a kids TV show.  What happens in the remaining minutes isn't shocking but it was welcome.  The music is fine.  I really dug the art direction and mansion location.  For what good is in this picture, it's hampered by a slow pace and unnecessarily bland execution.  We Americans aren't the only ones capable of shitty movies.  The Spaniards and Italians had their fair share, too.

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