FILM #73: THE GIRL IN ROOM 2A aka LA CASA DELLA PAURA
The Girl in Room 2A (aka La Casa della Paura)
2 out of 5 stars
Directed by exploitation film writer/ director/cinematographer William Rose (RENT-A-GIRL, THE SMUT PEDDLER, PROFESSOR LUST), this 1974 Italian footnote stars Daniela Giordano (HAVE A GOOD FUNERAL, MY FRIEND… SARTANA WILL PAY, YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY) and Raf Vallone (EL CID, THE ITALIAN JOB, LION OF THE DESERT) and is really only for those who LOVE Italian murder mysteries. Slightly similar to other films like, say… Massimo Pupillo's "The Bloody Pit of Horror," this is a slow, atypical giallo that really just takes forever to get moving and when it does, it really never gets moving. The film lacks any sense of tension, most of the bloodletting is of the “red paint” variety, and the violence is all terribly misogynistic. Also, the film has some of my most inappropriate music of all time. Performances are so-so and there’s never really a question as to “who-dun-it.” All in all, this is a very minor entry in the genre and is recommended only to completists.