Arriving on Special Edition Blu-ray this week is Ovidio G. Assonitis’s 1981 Italian slasher, “Madhouse”. Originally titled “There Was a Little Girl”, but renamed upon home video release, the film had garnered a cult following over the years from fans of Italian Horror. Although there are times where I found the film unintentionally funny, especially during the close-ups of a fake dog, “Madhouse” remains quite chilling.
The acting is sub-par at best, but Assonitis is able to bring some of the same low-budget pleasure as he did with “The Curse” “The Visitor” and “Piranha II” (which he co-directed with James Cameron). Fans of “Madhouse” will want to pick up this release as the 2K restoration looks fantastic.
Special Edition Content
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition presentations
- Original Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
- Brand new interviews with cast and crew
- Alternate Opening Titles
- Theatrical Trailer, newly transferred in HD
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film
By: Marc Ferman