The Haunted House (1982 film)

The Haunted House

Italian theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
Directed by Bruno Corbucci
Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Written by Mario Amendola
Bruno Corbucci
Enrico Oldoini
Story by Mario Amendola
Mario Cecchi Gori
Bruno Corbucci
Starring Renato Pozzetto
Gloria Guida
Music by Detto Mariano
Cinematography Ennio Guarnieri
Release dates
  • 1982 (1982)
Language Italian

The Haunted House (Italian: La casa stregata) is a 1982 Italian comedy film written and directed by Bruno Corbucci and starring Renato Pozzetto and Gloria Guida.[1][2][3]


In a mythical "Arabian Nights" prologue two crossed lovers are struck by a curse cast unto them by a powerful witch (Lia Zoppelli) who had bethroted her own daughter, Candida, (Gloria Guida) to the evil tyrant Ali Amman, while the girl was passionately in love with "Giorgiafat" (Renato Pozzetto); the witch turns the two lovers into salt statues forcing their disembodied souls to wander for a thousand years before re-incarnating and meeting again.

If they would be able to prolong Candida's virginity until the thousandth anniversary of the curse expires, they will be able to live happily, if not the curse would renew itself.

A thousand years later Giorgio is a young italian bank clerk who has to move from Milan to Rome for work reasons, promising his girlfriend Candida to find a suitable abode for them and her own mother (again, Lia Zoppelli). After many comical incidents Giorgio finds a luxurious mansion for rent at a ludicrously low price and is soon joined by Candida and her mother.

The couple is soon married, but a series of supernatural incidents prevents them from consummating; the poltergeist activity seems centered around Giorgio's pet dog (a Great Dane who starts talking in a heavy southern accent) and a mysterious character who looks like the faithful servant of "Giorgiafat".


See also


  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 8877424230.
  2. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  3. Laura Morandini; Luisa Morandini; Morando Morandini. Il Morandini 2011. Dizionario dei film. Zanichelli, 2010. ISBN 8808227227.

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