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More M.R.James than Argento,
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Great film, very low-key & underplayed, a real slow-burner which gradually unwinds like a particularly venomous snake. The opening credits could be seen to give the wrong impression, but I must admit I prefer this kinda Giallo to the usual 'Trail of Dead' which tends to spring to mind at the mention of this genre. Pity there aren't more like this. I found the scene where we go to the eponymous house all the more powerful as I wasn't expecting it. This is very much in the vein (no pun intended) of an M.R.James tale than summat Argento or Fulci would have turned out; sure, the body count is low but the atmosphere is very powerful, especially as the circles Stefano has been running around get progressively smaller & smaller until...well, that'd be telling!