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Shock (1977)

Cast: John Steiner, John Steiner, David Colin, Jr., more...
Director: Mario Bava, Mario Bava
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Italian Horror
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, French, Italian

This effective occult horror film was the final feature directed by the legendary Mario Bava. Daria Nicolodi gives her most convincing performance as Dora, who moves back into her old house with a new husband, Bruno (John Steiner), after spending time in a mental hospital. Strange things start happening, mostly involving her young son Marco (David Colin, Jr.), who seems to be possessed by the ghost of Dora's first husband Carlo, a heroin addict who committed suicide. Dora suffers from vivid hallucinations, and it soon becomes obvious that she is going completely mad, and that Bruno knows more about Carlo's death than he lets on. Bava stages the hallucination scenes with his trademark visual flair, and his son Lamberto Bava's script, co-written with Francesco Barbieri, Paola Brigenti and Dardano Sacchetti, handles Dora's shifting sense of reality with great skill and a subtlety rare for Italian horror films of the period. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

sufficiently creepy to overcome little kid's dubbed voice by saveyourservant August 18, 2003 - 12:08 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
what is it with the Italians and child-actor dubbing (see also House by the Cemetery)? shoo-hoo, i didn't think i was going to make it through this due to the kid's dialogue of "Mommy, I want to play" but if you can hold out, Bava delivers in the later part of the film with jolt after jolt. The scene of Nicolodi's hair writhing like snakes in reverse is absolutely freaky. This film gave me chills and very few horror films do. Just wish it had subtitles and no dubbing.

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