Ogre, The / La casa dell'orco (1988)

2.5 out of 5

The idea of an author confronting childhood fears and nightmares is one that is pure Stephen King but this is no It, not even close. Indeed, the film is more of an adult oriented fairy tale complete with an ogre in all his finery who menaces maidens only to be vanquished by a misogynist, patronising and slap-happy husband who really needs to learn to control his temper before embarking on the heroic road to herodom.

While any attempts to connect the film to Demoni is risible this has resulted in possibly unwarranted criticism given that the film was not actually made as a sequel to Demons at all but as an episode of a television series. It has to be said that, for what it is, The Ogre is a pretty solid outing from Lamberto Bava which is more than can be said for some of the latex enhanced coat-hanger-wire scares as some of the monster effects do, at times, threaten to fall apart.

An underwater tomb is pure Dario Argento, Inferno to be specific, viewers learn that apparently orgres like orchids and Virginia Bryant is really sweet as the monster pestered scribe.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics