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When Lisa (Catriona MacColl) starts renovating a hotel somewhere in Louisiana,
little does she know that 54 years ago, Zweig (Antoine domingo), a Black
Magician & painter lived in one of its rooms & had a jolly good time
massacering all the other guests before a lynchmob would cruzify him & wall
him in. & as if that wasn't enough, the hotel is also built on one of the 7
gates to hell, & only the Book Eibon could ward off the worst (or so I
understood it), but nobody knows where the Book Eibon is.
However, when plumber Joe comes by to do some plumbing & does tear down
a wall in the cellar, he unleashes all the evils of hell upon the village, for
soon, in the mortuary of the local hospital, the dead start to walk again.
Lisa however receives help from 2 unlikely sources - Emily (Cinzia Monreale)
a blind girl who has some knowledge of the sinister & extrasensory
perception, and doc MacCabe (Davuid Warbeck), the typical cynic who does not
believe a word of what Lisa tells himm - despite the fact that in his hospital
the dead walk & kill the living.
However, Emily is soon revealed to be a hellspawn who escaped from
hell to warn the living, & she is about to be dragged back to hell by some
friendly neighbourhood zombies, when her seeing eye dog valiantly defends her -
until he, too, is turend into a zombie & the tables are turned on Emily.
Meanwhile though, ever skeptical MacCabe has researched Emily's background
& found the Book Eibon, & when he returns to Lisa's hotel, it is with
the knowledge of how to ward off evil.
MacCabe does not do the best of jobs though, as his idea of getting Lisa to
safety is to take her to the hospital, where - as mentioned above - the zombies
ave their fieldday. And soon, while MacCabe is busy shooting down zombies,
reality starts to disintegrate, as one door inside the hospital leads to the
hotel's cellar (which is actually miles away) & thus to one of the gates of
& in their further escape, Lisa & MacCabe eventually end up in a
barren wasteland, the land of the dead, & have become hell's latest
As my synopsis might suggest, L'Aldila makes little sense on a pure
rational level, ever so often are things like narrative logic let alone
character development or simply any form of (pseudo-)realism thrown out of the
window, just to shock the audience with ever more gruesome images of horror,
guts & gore.
In the case of this movie however, this concept actually does work, as it
leads the audience into a nightmarish world with a logic all of its own, making
the onscreen goings-on all the more frightening by their lack of reason.
Definitely among director Lucio Fulci's best.
Second part of Fulci's so-called Gothic Trilogy, the other 2 movies - Paura Nella
Citta dei Morti Viventi & Quella
Villa accanto al Cimitero, both also starring Catriona MacColl - work
pretty much along he same lines.