Film #268: HOUSE OF LOST SOULS aka LA CASA DELLE ANIME ERRANTI
House of Lost Souls (aka La Casa Delle Anime Erranti)
2 out of 5 stars
Directed by Umbert Lenzi, this was part of the Italian made for cable series, LA CESE MALEDETTE (DOOMED HOUSES) from 1989 which also included LA DOLCE CASE DEGLI ORRORI (directed by Lucio Fulci), LA CASA NEL TEMPO (also directed by Fulci), and LA CASE FEL SORTILEGIO (also directed by Lenzi). The story is all pretty clichéd and predictable, but - given that this was for television - there is some surprising gore and they even kill a couple of children with a hatchet! But, when all is said and done, HOUSE OF LOST SOULS is a)not particularly scary and b)will never go down as one of the great Umberto Lenzi projects. I’m not even sure it’s available in the US. Lenzi fans may be curious to hunt it down (I think I saw it on a few torrent sites), but… my suggestion is for them to not look too hard.