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Madhouse (1981)

There Was a Little Girl (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 4 March 1981 (Italy)
A woman is pursued by her murderous, psychopathic twin sister in the days leading up to their birthday.

Director:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman)

Writers:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman), Stephen Blakely | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patricia Mickey Patricia Mickey ... Julia Sullivan (as Trish Everly)
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Sam Edwards
Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson ... Father James
Morgan Most ... Helen (as Morgan Hart)
Allison Biggers Allison Biggers ... Mary Sullivan
Edith Ivey ... Amantha Beauregard
Richard Baker Richard Baker ... Sacha Robertson Jr.
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf ... Principal
Jerry Fujikawa ... Mr. Kimura
Doug Dillingham Doug Dillingham ... Golden
Joe Camp Joe Camp ... Hospital Guard
Janie Baker Janie Baker ... Sacha's Mother
Huxsie Scott Huxsie Scott ... Secretary
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Storyline

Julia, a teacher in a school for the deaf, has a hideously deformed and deranged twin sister that resides in the local looney bin. She escapes to gate-crash a surprise birthday party for Julia. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Many People Visit... Few Ever Leave See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

And When She Was Bad See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Overseas FilmGroup See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally listed (as "Madhouse") as one of the official UK DPP 72 video nasties. It was released fully uncut in 2004. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kimura: Are you afraid of ghosts, Miss Julie?
Julia Sullivan: Oh, not really. It's not the dead that scare me, it's the living.
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Alternate Versions

The 2004 UK Film 2000 release is fully uncut, although the sound quality is very poor. See more »

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References Sisters (1972) See more »

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"Nobody Knows! Nobody Knows What She Did To Me!"...
3 December 2018 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

After a bloody / cheeezey opening sequence, complete w/ a creepy rendition of "Rock-A -Bye-Baby", MADHOUSE begins. Julia Sullivan (Trish Everly) visits her terminally ill, sadistic / psychopathic sister, Mary (Allison Biggers) in the mental hospital. Having terrible memories of their childhood together, Julia dreads the reunion. As it turns out, she was right to be concerned. Upon her return home, strange, ominous things start happening almost immediately. Then, Julia is told that Mary has escaped, and is on the loose! Soon enough, the senseless killings begin, all leading up to Julia's highly unusual birthday party. MADHOUSE is one of the "forgotten" slasher films, from a time -the late 1970's to the mid 1980's- when a new one seemed to come out every week. As such, it's not bad. There's an odd, gloomy atmosphere throughout. It also boasts a gaggle of interesting characters, including Julia's loony landlady, her cranky super, and the just-plain-weird, Father James (Dennis Robertson). Oh, and there's a devil dog -rottweiler- as well! This movie is a crackpot classic! BIG LESSONS LEARNED: #1- When someone says "Whatever you do, don't open the door!", just, don't open the door! At all! Even if you are the beautiful Morgan Most! #2- Surprise parties need not be boring!...


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