The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)
(R, 1:26:21, Released 1981)
|Genres:||Art House & International, Horror|
|Release Date:||Aug 14, 1981|
|DVD Release Date:||Jun 12, 2001|
|Starring:||Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Anja Pieroni, Carlo De Mejo, Dagmar Lassander, Giovanni De Nava, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina|
|Directed by:||Lucio Fulci|
|Synopsis:||This cult horror film from director Lucio Fulci lurches along with a certain amount of disjunction due to cutting, perhaps, if not to an innate Fulci disposition. When the Boyle family temporarily moves into a mansion near Boston so the father can do some research, the son Bob (Giovanni Frezza) starts seeing the ghost of a young girl motioning to him, and eventually he discovers the basement's terrible secret. A certain Dr. Freudstein (Giovanni de Nari) has been hanging out there since 1879 when he was banned from the medical profession, and he has kept himself alive although in miserable physical shape, by murdering the various inhabitants of the house and using their cells to keep his body going. An oversize bat attacks the father, floors come apart and crush unsuspecting victims, and at one point little Bob's blond head is held to the basement door by the evil doctor while the father is wildly swinging his axe through the door to save his son. Scenes like these and others are the real objective of the movie -- the strange and irresolute ending, and leaps and gaps in the plot, are indications that all else is dispensible pretext - gore is the goal and it is delivered in sickening doses. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi|
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February 11, 2013
A family moves into a home with a creature in the basement who pops out every now and then to kill someone. Silly gore, atrocious dubbing, mediocre scares.
April 14, 2011
Another terrifying Italian shocker from the legendary Lucio Fulci. A family move into a creepy old house and are unaware that living in the cellar is the flesh-eating zombie of a 19th Century surgeon. The little boy is soon a friend with the ghost of the late doctors daughter who warns them to stay away but to little effect. The creature gruesomely kills and dismembers a variety of Estate Agents, Copulating teenagers and Babysitters leading to a terrifying finale in the corpse-strewn cellar. The Lucio Fulci trademark of graphic gore is abundant as ever but it is the atmosphere that makes this movie stand out. Bumps in the night and the ominous crying of children coming from the cellar are just some of the factors that assault and disturb the viewer. This is a truly amazing movie that relies on shock and terror rather than revulsion. The gore just adds to what is already a truly chilling little tale of cannibalism and depravity that will linger in the mind long after you've forgotten about the illogical plot and poor dubbing. One of Fulci's best films. Deserves its cult reputation.
March 7, 2011
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January 30, 2011
Didn't like this one that much upon first viewing - wasn't use to Italian film at the time - but I eventually came around to enjoying it enough to consider it one of Fulci's best. Creepy and occasionally gory but the cheesy sound effects and annoying music and dubbing do wear on the mind. Still, very good.
January 11, 2011
A slow, creepy, confusing movie. It doesn't even bother to explain what's going on either. It's okay for the most part, I just wish I knew what it was about really.
September 16, 2010
Although not as great as The Beyond, Zombi 2 or City Of The Living Dead, The house By The Cemetery is an effective horror film and is in my opinion a misunderstood classic (like most of Lucio Fulci's other works before it) House By The Cemetery is a very good and intriguing Horror film, it definitely kept me in suspense up until the end. In my opinion, Lucio Fulci is underrated and he deserves more praise for having broken new ground in the Horror genre. His movies set a new standard in horror, as they where more gory and disgusting than anything ever put on film. House By The Cemetery continues the tradition of good gore effects pioneered by Fulci himself, yet people seem to not appreciate this film compared to his previous filmography of gorifying genius. Even though lacking in on screen gore at times , House By The Cemetery though a weaker film in his repertoire, is still a very enjoyable one, and like many Fulci fans have said, this is one of his last truly great films.
May 17, 2010
My first Fulci & a huge disappointment, The terrible dubbing made it worse & that little boy was annoying as hell
November 1, 2008
Fulci tries to make a hybrid between Lovecraft, the shining and amytiville, adding his explicit fascination with carnage.
Too bad the story barely makes sense, because this guilty pleasure keeps you waiting for more and more hemoglobin.
April 29, 2008
A Lucio Fulci Film, That's one ogf those slasher type films. Little boy was a trip throughout the movie. Not a real scary movie, but a good late night thunderstorm movie.
April 24, 2008
Fulci made an enjoyable but flawed movie here. The little boy "Bob" has the most hilarious voice dubbing; with his peachy-face, it made all of his scenes funny. There were some nice gorey over-the-top death scenes which kept oozing on and on. The Italian actors in an American setting didn't quite fit. The music worked, and reminded me a lot of "The Beyond". Much work was put into creating an atmospheric haunted house setting with creaky doors, staircases and dusty floorboards. The story had some slightly confusing elements. I didn't know what to make of the tomb inside the house. I liked the monsterous Dr. Freudenstein, who was a composite of different body parts. The bat attack was silly and horrific at the same time. Some questionable things were the ghostly little girl, the mysterious babysitter Ann, and how the monster could exist in the basement through various home owners. Overall, it's a fun creepy little flick.
April 3, 2008
Another Fulci classic. Love all the gore and the death scenes in this one.
January 20, 2012
*** out of ****
"The House by the Cemetery" is an exceptional example of a movie so bad that it's actually pretty good; perhaps even great. Under the direction of Lucio "Godfather of Gore" Fulci; it's a film plagued by boring characters, narrative incoherence, a slew of illogical situations, silly dialogue, and fame by way of the Home Video market. Okay, maybe that last one isn't so bad; given it's more of a fate, and not one that all films are lucky enough to meet. In my experience, people only like a movie if there's something about it if they like; because you cannot like, love, or even despise something without reason. The films of Fulci are often noted for three things: their gore, their atmosphere, and their surrealistic qualities. "The House by the Cemetery" is really no different when compared to Fulci's other works.
Here's what I've learned to do. I come into these movies with an open mind now; something I was unable to do when I had first begun discovering them. Yes, as a critic; I'm not supposed to like movies like this, because in theory, they are trashy, and nothing more. Indeed, there are few redeemable qualities to any of Fulci's films, other than that they can be immensely enjoyable as long as you're able to suspend your disbelief. We're expected to do that with just about every other film, so, why is it so difficult to do it when it's absolutely necessary?
"The House by the Cemetery" had me hooked and entertained because it displays all of what I've come to expect from the great gore-master. I've come to believe that Fulci is a poet of the macabre; and his films are all about style and the basic set-up of horror rather than substance. That's a logic that has always been prevalent in horror; but it seems to have been abandoned as of late for bigger, better things known as story and characters.
To me, the story is almost unimportant. But here's the basic run-down; a family of three - Lucy (Catrionna MacColl), Norman (Paolo Malco), and son Bob (Giovanni Frezzi, who has the most annoying voice EVER in the English dub of the film) - move from their city home in New York to somewhere a little quieter. The house rests just outside of Boston; and it is, indeed, a house by the cemetery.
However, upon arrival, it becomes very clear that something just isn't right about this particular homestead. The sound of a whimpering, unseen child is heard each night and sometimes in the day. The door leading to the basement is barricaded by boards conveniently nailed right on it. Also, every board in the house - be it in the basement, in the walls, or in the attic - creaks non-stop. It's enough to drive anyone mad.
However, a great evil lurks underneath the floorboards. There is a damn good reason why the basement is sealed off; and why the house gives off an ominous aura. That reason is Dr. Freudstein; a tall, horrifically deformed man who went bat-shit crazy and became an amateur surgeon of some sorts. It is said that he died and was later buried; but this could be a cover-up for the fact that he still maintains existence. Of course, this is a very predictable movie; so from the beginning his name is mentioned, we know for a fact that Freudstein is still alive; operating on helpless victims and their tender flesh, while those above resume the day's typical activities.
Even though it's a simple, on-dimensional horror story; it has its peculiarities. Lucio Fulci can make films both fascinating and unintentionally hilarious; such a formula is employed here, and to me, it works. "The House by the Cemetery" is a stupid, senseless film; made without wit or intent other than to shock through gore and jump scares. But it's also a film that now works as a sort of Midnight Movie; and if you look at it from that perspective, then it kind of works. It's been given a new, polished transfer from Blue Underground - and now, you can see it as it was meant to be seen; without some half-assed English dub, with restored images of Giannetto De Rossi's fantastic make-up/gore effects, Walter Rizzati's creepy original score, and Lucio Fulci's full devotion. I'd say it's one of the director's best; and whether that means anything to you or not depends on how much you either love or loath the famed voyeur of the grotesque.
fb100000185301014January 12, 2013
Beautifully atmospheric, but not as good as Fulci's previous films. Firstly it seemed like a rip off of The Shining. Secondly the acting was terrible. Thirdly not enough gore for satisfaction, though it continued the trend of animal terrors from The Beyond.
May 17, 2012
To be frank, I only noticed there was cemetery near the house towards the end of the movie. It's one of those cases of a movie so bad that it turns out to be great. The story is completly nuts and nonsense but once again, Fulci pulls brilliant atmosphere and kill scenes that make everything else seems so secondary and pointless. It's truly the heart and soul of the movie.
November 8, 2011
I've only seen two Lucio Fulci movies before (''Zombi 2'' and ''The Beyond'') and of all three I'd say ''The House by the Cemetery'' contains the most, and more developed, story, as well as it's the one that puts a bigger effort in buildin suspense. The problem, which is the same problem I contantly have with Fulci, is that the editing is all wrong and completely kills the film's pacing, making lag most of the time. The gore is fantastic, though.
January 4, 2011
Another gem from Lucio Fulci. This video nasty is what you would get if you mixed the typical slasher fare with some subtle haunted house devices and large doses of what one should expect from Italian gore flicks. Like the rest of Fulci's movies (that I've seen thus far) the gore is nothing less than modern art and really is in a league of its own, not just in terms of brutality but also in terms of inventiveness. That being said although the gore looks really good sometimes it is just nonsensical (Dr. Freudsteins so badass that he bleeds MAGGOTS!!!!) Not that that bothers me too much as the ends definently do justify the means. The dubbing is expectedly a drawback, especially in the choice of voice for Bob who just might have gotten the most annoying voice over I've ever heard, and if that isn't the most effeminate scream I've ever heard come from a boy, then I haven't heard shit. All in all very solid and mandatory viewing for Horror fans.
March 21, 2008
The story in general and the characters are good. The death scenes are not too gory compare to others Fulci's movies but are still good.
July 11, 2007
March 12, 2007
Awesome film that feels like H.P. Lovecraft meets Fulci. Some strange scenes, including a maid who cleans murder scenes and a mother who really should try using her brain once in a while, but what an awesome ending.
September 23, 2012
The perfect amount of gore and unease makes this Fulci spookshow a classic. Having a creepy kid along with effectively worked scenes involving ghosts helps too.
January 8, 2012
I have to say that a re-watch softened my distaste for the dubbing on this one, but it's still something I can appreciate more in pieces than as a whole. The various set pieces and kills are very interesting to me, but the story itself is pretty silly as far as that goes.
Rental, unless you're just a huge fan of Fulci and know what you're getting into.
August 15, 2011
this a good movie but at times it makes no sense at all like the ending and some things are never explained like how the father found out what the killier is. The kid is also annoying as hell. but the movie is still worth a watch
February 9, 2011
Ok for starters the kid in this film just annoyed the shit out of me. The story started out ok but really never developed and then it switched to some kinda Sci- Fi crap. This film just didn't cut the mustard.
September 19, 2010
Maybe I'll need to see this movie again, because I totally did not understand what was supposed to be the shock at the end. I think it the ending was supposed to make the audience understand how the old family that used to live in the house, the mad scientist, and the new family (particularly the kid) are somehow related. Either the film makers didn't do a good job of explaining, or I missed something.
July 31, 2009
This is known as House "BY THE" Cemetery, actually - as part of the 7 Gates trilogy - with only 3 ratings here, I think other people can't find this title here.
But that's probably a good thing - as this movie sorely lacks anything interesting to keep you watching. Music - funny how italian horror in the 80's still used funky disco type sounds of the 70's. When something horrible happens it's probably not best to play music that sounds like a courageous superhero just entered the picture.
And then it just doesnt fade out in the SAME SCENE, it just CUTS abruptly. Quite annoying.
"Bob, the kid" - this androgynous kid was annoying enough, but his English dub made him even worse. The screaming needed to be toned down. Kids in serious horror dont mix well; except maybe where the bat blood splattered on him. Heh...
Plot - It wasn't as disjointed as other people have said, but it takes forever to get to its point. Where the Beyond does the same, at least it keeps you interested. This does not - at all. Funny though, I think I've seen the ultimate outcome of this movie redone a couple of times already and this is itself a rip of The Shining on more than a couple of levels, so watcher, beware.