John Pepper

Katrine Michelsen

Donald Pleasence
(Professor Lasky)

Massimo de Rossi

Riccardo de Torrebruna

Lavinia Grizi

Riccardo Parisio Perrotti

Giovanni Bilancia

Matteo Gazzolo

Laurentina Guidotti


Marcello Avallone

Marcello Avallone, Andrea Purgatori, Dardano Sacchetti, and Maurizio Tedesco

Based on an idea by:
Marcello Avallone, Andrea Purgatori, and Maurizio Tedesco

Maurizio Tedesco


Archaeologists excavating the Roman catacombs break open the gates of hell. Hellishly confused plot is unoriginal, to boot; decent production values hardly compensate.


...the gore is well-handled, but the demon is rarely shown, and the first hour leading up to all the mayhem is a talky bore.

---Robert Firsching of ALL MOVIE GUIDE

Sharp-looking but slow, with unsympathetic characters and all the gore saved for the last 20 minutes, when a face is pulled off, a heart torn out, and a head crushed against a wall.

---James O'Neill of TERROR ON TAPE

The film is stretched beyond human endurance, offering nothing frightening.

---John Stanley of CREATURE FEATURES



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(1987 Horror)

SPECTERS UK video artwork


A review by Peter Danielsson of THE INZOMNIAC'S MOVIE GUIDE

Besides Michelle Soavi, Marcello Avallone is perhaps the most gifted director of Italian horror movies today. One would think that Mr. Avallone would be much younger than he is, though. Instead he has been around since the '60s, learning his craft from Lucio Fulci among others and having made only a handful of films of his own, his latest being The Last Cut in 1998. His masterpiece is Maya from 1989, which was not only masterful, innovative and creative, but also daring and, of all things, well produced, which isn't too common since the days of Dario Argento. Specters [also known as Spettri], on the other hand, Lavinia Grizi, Riccardo de Torrebruna, and Donald Pleasencewas the film that preceded Maya and was really his first acclaimed film, perhaps because it was also his first film in 16 years. It is also very well made, with beautiful photography and plenty of good actors to match. Among them, of course, Donald Pleasence playing his usual oddball. This time he's masquerading as an archaeologist discovering mysterious, previously unknown catacombs under the Maussoleum in the city of Rome. As always in these types of films, you can't do such a thing without unleashing evil forces upon mankind. Is this the end of the world as we know it? Will Donald Pleasence make it to the end? The obvious recemblances to Demons aside, Specters is a pretty exciting little gem. It may be a bit out of focus with too many subplots hanging around loose, but once the steady-cam and special effects-operators get their stuff going, you almost forget about the silly plot. For Scandinavian buffs, the film also offers as a bonus the presence of former Miss Denmark, Katrine Michelsen.

Review submitted by Peter Danielsson.
Review 2000 Peter Danielsson. All Rights Reserved.

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Pepper, Pleasence, and Torrebruna

John Pepper, Donald Pleasence, and Riccardo de Torrebruna
trying to discover the deadly secrets within the catacombs.

Pleasence as Lasky

Donald Pleasence as Professor Lasky

SPECTERS US video artwork

SPECTERS US video artwork

UK video artwork courtesy of Janne Danielsson.
UK video artwork is the propety of its respective owner.
US video artwork 1988 IMPERIAL ENTERTAINMENT CORP. All Rights Reserved.
Photos 1987 RETEITALIA S.p.A. /
TRIO CINEMA E TELEVISIONE S.r.l. All Rights Reserved.
Thanks to Julian Grainger for the cast and crew information!