L'Altro inferno (Guardian of Hell) (The Other Hell) (The Presence) (1987)
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The Other Hell is a forgettable 1980 horror film that has very little going for it. It's not worth picking up unless you want a good laugh. The Other Hell is about a priest who is sent to a convent to investigate the sheer lunacy of a bunch of nun's gone nuts. The plot is too straightforward and too simple to maintain the audience interest. The plot never explains much of what is going on nor does it have any character development. I knew I was immediately in trouble when the film just abruptly started in some cemetery and would set the tone for abrupt cuts. In the first six minutes, I hear a nun say "The genitals are the door to evil! The vagina, the uterus, the womb; the labyrinth that leads to hell; the devil's tools!". This is one of the weirdest line I've ever heard in a movie. The nun letter goes ahead and cuts the uterus, unfortunately the rest of the movie is not as hilariously written. Aside from what appeared to be an actual Chicken decapitation, the movie itself is tame. There is little blood and even less plot to keep you awake during the entire duration. The soundtrack on the other hand is fantastic, if this was for an 70s or 80s cop show that is. The soundtrack is overused and some tracks are recycled from other superior horror film. The acting is laughably bad, there was not a single actor that gave a convincing performance. The direction is simply clueless often showing us a cat for no reason. The director should have probably filmed a scene with a real baby instead of just simply using a doll for some reason. The editing is bad in general and it's not just abrupt cuts. The audio often time the audio just stays silent at times even when someone talking. The ending just comes out of nowhere and with no end credits. No end credits, that's the first time that happened since I've seen The Ninja Squad a couple of months back. The Other Hell is unintentionally funny, but with very little and dead simplicity makes this dull to sit through for most of it duration. The Other Hell is a forgettable film that has little value to offer it viewers.
Another poorly executed effort by Bruno Mattei. A bloody mess of a film all set in convent were grisly murders are taking place with the suspicion of Demons at play prompting a couple of priests to investigate. Those familiar with Bruno Mattei will know his films have a fun entertaining side no matter how bad they turn out, this one sadly didn't have too much of this "so bad it's good" vibe. It actually is a boring film at times. The Goblin musical score is completely out of place killing the atmosphere rather than enhancing it, which is a shame as the location used was quite good and provided a fitting backdrop to the film. It's occassionally bloody and starts off with a nasty little scene where a female embalmer mutilates a dead nun's vagina removing and fondling the uterus! But overall it's too slow and stupid, nothing gels together and it lacks the sleaze which would have made it more watchable for a film of its type.
AKA The Other Hell. Run-of-the-mill gory Italian fare with less than subtle rips on Exorcist and Carrie and a recycled soundtrack from Goblin. While not awful, it's not great; it does however have some great unintentionally funny moments. And, uh, Flixster, this sure as hell aint a (PG) movie.
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