The latter title slightly giving too much of the plot it would seem, although not entirely. Banned in Britain in the '80's, I saw the very well dubbed version of this Italian film. Mostly it's impossible to see, apart from that bloody kid, Bob. More about him later!
We begin with the obligatory scene of a girl putting on her top after having sex in an empty house. She is calling out for her boyfriend but he is nowhere to be seen. Then he appears, covered in blood, before a mysterious figure appears and stabs the girl through the head.
Then we meet husband and wife team Norman and Lucy. They are moving to New England with son Bob so that Norman can pick up the research of a historian who had gone nuts and killed his mistress and himself. Bob is being visited by a young girl of about 8 years old. She can speak to him from across the street and warns him not to go to the house. You should be scared for the boy but he is just so bloody annoying! This part of the film definitely has The Shining written all over it. Actually, this film has wonderful cinematography and a musical score that would not be out of place in earlier '70's horrors like the Exorcist.
Back to the story and babysitter, Anna turns up. The creepiest thing about her is her giant eyebrows. She is shifty though, so I kept my eye on her. Later she is lured in to the basement and the door slams shut behind her. She calls for help but the only person around is Bob. When a kid stops to get his toy gun before even contemplating saving your life you know you're in trouble. Bloody Bob.
We are lead on wild goose chases and there are parts of the film I still don't have closure with, but that's okay. Such an amazing use of blood and people seem to take a very long time to die. First the mutilation or impailing, then the writhing around in almost silence, culminating in a violent final breath. Pornographic in its styling, with the gratuitous close ups and zoom ins on the violent mutilations are something to behold.
Not seen this? What are you waiting for?