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Hotel Fear (1978)

Pensione paura (original title)
A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests. Soon enough, a cloaked figure starts killing off everyone that tries to harm her.


Francesco Barilli


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Cast overview:
Leonora Fani ... Rosa
Luc Merenda ... Rodolfo
Francisco Rabal ... Marta's lover
Jole Fierro Jole Fierro ... Rodolfo's lover
José María Prada ... Hotel guest (as Josè Maria Prada)
Lidia Biondi Lidia Biondi ... Marta
Máximo Valverde ... (as Massimo Valverde)
Francesco Impeciati ... Guido
Luigi De Santis Luigi De Santis
Carlo Totti Carlo Totti ... Second Fascist
Maria D'Alessandro Maria D'Alessandro ... Prostitute
Arnaldo Caivano Arnaldo Caivano
Diala Caruso Diala Caruso ... Prostitute
Wolfango Soldati Wolfango Soldati ... Fascist


During World War II, young Rosa and her mother run a hotel in the Italian countryside, mourning over the death of her dead father. When the mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Rosa finds herself at mercy of her sex-crazed guests, but not before a hooded assailant, lurking in the shadows of the hotel, starts killing off each and everyone that tries to harm Rosa. Could it be her dead father back from the dead to avenge his daughter? Written by anonymous

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16 February 1978 (Italy) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Starring Luc Merenda's Arse
5 September 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This is a kind of hard to define film, which is set during World War Two, and is more of a mystery with elements of Eurocrime that decides to turn into a giallo right at the very end.

Rosa has got a life you wouldn't wish for. Her father is off fighting in the war somewhere, and Rosa has to help out at the hotel her mother runs that is host to some of the worst guests ever. For one, there's the smarmy, chain smoking gigolo (Luc Merenda) who is really pro-active in adding Rosa to his list of conquests, much to the annoyance of his older girlfriend. Then there's the man whose family were killed in a bombing raid, who also seems to have his eye on Rosa. There's a pimp and his two hookers who aren't too fussy on who drops in on them. Plus, there's a mysterious man in the attic (Francisco Rabal) who is hiding from unknown persons.

Rosa's mother is aware of how awful the guests are, but can't get rid of them because they are the only paying guests they have, and there's a war going so Italy isn't exactly the current holiday destination. Constantly trying to avoid Merenda in particular (she has to lock her door at night and he asks her to look through the keyhole for a surprise. Thankfully, she doesn't), the plot thickens as Merenda's girlfriend has something he really needs, two shifty looking guys move into the hotel, and Rosa's mother falls down a flight of stairs and dies, leaving Rosa no protection from the weird guests...

Just like his earlier The Perfume of The Lady In Black, Francesco Barili gives us a something full of mystery that doesn't let on to the audience what's actually happening until near the end of the film, and just like Perfume, this one comes wrapped in strange visuals with an emphasis on violets, pinks and purples. Even though this is mainly thought of as a giallo, no one is murdered until well over an hour has passed, with the bulk of the film detailing Rosa's struggle with what is basically a hotel full of Harvey Weinstiens. That said, it kind of felt like Barili didn't quite know how to tie up all those loose ends.

Luc Merenda is the standout here as the absolutely vile gigolo with the pencil moustache. He spends about the half the film either naked or half naked as he attempts, and finally succeeds in raping Rosa (the grimmest part of the film by far, but it was part of the plot as it opens up the giallo part of the film. Merenda shows once again that he's got the versatility to plays other roles than the usual crime films he ends up in.

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