First House on the Hill – Italy, 2017

First House on the Hill is a 2017 Italian horror film directed by Matteo Saradini from a screenplay co-written with Kristian Messere. The movie stars Helene Udy, Sonja Kinski (daughter of actress Nastassja Kinski and granddaughter of actor Klaus Kinski), Eugenia Kuzmina and Chloe Farnworth.

Four friends decide to spend a weekend in a Malibu mansion owned by an old lady. The situation is flipped upside down once they come across an ancient haunted tarot deck that will change the fate of their lives…

Reviews:

“Shows that even if a horror movie is full of super cool visuals, without real atmosphere or interesting characters or good dialogue or an engaging plot, it can still end up being an enormous slog to get through. I get what its trying to do, but man, this thing was tedious…” William Hopper, Letterboxd

“The film takes forever to get going, we’re at the thirty-minute mark before they even get to the house. The events of the first night are so tame it’s funny, not scary […] To be fair things do pick up in the last twenty or so minutes but its way to little and way too late. We can guess the big twist and we don’t really care.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Helene Udy … Madame Windsor – Last Village on the Right;The Possession of Mia MossStirringSwamp Freak; et al
  • Sonja Kinski … Dorothy – Holidays; The Wicked Within
  • Eugenia Kuzmina … Alice
  • Chloe Farnworth … Tera
  • Lou Volpe … Father Matthew
  • Paola Saulino … Waitress
  • Kristian Messere … Henrick
  • Umberto Celisano … Samuel
  • Ottavio Taddei … Gardener
  • Christine Scherer … Valerie

Filming locations:

Malibu, California, USA
Mountain View Cemetery – 2400 N. Fair Oaks, Altadena, California, USA
Gemini Manor, Hollywood, California, USA

Related:

Italian horror

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecTiHTCUdSk



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