The Haunted House (1982 film)
|The Haunted House|
Italian theatrical release poster by Renato Casaro
|Directed by||Bruno Corbucci|
Mario Cecchi Gori|
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Mario Cecchi Gori
|Music by||Detto Mariano|
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.
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".
- Renato Pozzetto as Giorgio Allegri
- Gloria Guida as Candida Melengo
- Yorgo Voyagis as Omar
- Lia Zoppelli as Anastasia, Candida's Mother
- Angelo Pellegrino as Elpidio
- Leo Gavero as The Bank Manager
- Franco Diogene as The Realtor
- Vittorio Ripamonti as Don Alvino
- Nicola Morelli as Albani
- Bruno Corbucci as The Vet
- Marilda Donà as Lucia
- ↑ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 8877424230.
- ↑ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
- ↑ Laura Morandini; Luisa Morandini; Morando Morandini. Il Morandini 2011. Dizionario dei film. Zanichelli, 2010. ISBN 8808227227.