“Madhouse” continues the trend of Italian Horror productions invading the South in the early 1980s. I guess that New York City got boring for the Fulci followers after the 1970s. While the film was shot in 1980, it was shelved until 1983. By that time, an original Italian horror film ended up looking like a half-baked clone of “Happy Birthday to Me”. Thankfully, that’s not the issue it used to be. Modern horror audiences will view both films as gore fests with paper thin stories. They wouldn’t be wrong.
Trish Everly is the star of the film and she has quite a great life. That is if you can look past her evil twin sister. Bad twin escapes her hospital confines, while sporting a disfiguring illness that has just warped her face. If that doesn’t keep you focused, there’s another better than the film musical score by Riz Ortolani. When people that remember this movie talk about it, they get whiny when people don’t bring up the twist. Well, there’s a reason I don’t bring it up.
The twist seemed to confuse Ovidio Assonitis. When it goes one way, it seems to destroy a character arc and undercut a better killer. When it goes that way, you keep wondering about the implications of what it means for two other character. Before you can tug on that thread too long, the film ends. Totally satisfying.
- Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
- Brand new interviews with cast and crew
- Alternate opening titles
- Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track