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The House by the Cemetery
Read the fine print. You may have just mortgaged your life.
A deranged killer lives in the basement of an old mansion and pops out occasionally to commit grisly murders that include be-headings.
The House by the Cemetery opens with the beautiful Daniela Doria sacrificing her on-screen life for Fulci...yet again. You may remember her as the girl unable to hold the contents of her stomach [oh so literally] in City of the Living Dead, or maybe you remember her as the pretty blonde foaming at the mouth in The Black Cat, surely you haven't forgotten her run in with razorblades in The New York Ripper either...
A couple other actors from City of the Living Dead appear in this as well, with Fulci regular Catriona MacColl as a given, but we also see a brief glimpse of Carlo De Mejo as well, minus all the meal-worms glued to his cheeks.
Ann? Mommy says you're not dead. Is that true?
When watching Italian horror films from the 70s and 80s you have to be forgiving of the English dubbing, some more then others, because if you don't you WILL miss out on some of the greatest films the genre has to offer.
Now it's come to my attention over the years, that more often then not, children are dubbed by adults painfully trying to imitate a child's voice. This is such a film and young Bob Boyle is voiced by someone who must of had one fucked up childhood.
The shrill high pitched voice coming out of this child's mouth is stuff nightmares are made from and we are…
Film #19 of my Hoop-tober Horror Challenge!
"Mae, time to go home and remember your manners. Now that Bob is staying with us, be sure to treat him like a Freudstein. For other guests are surely destined to drop in."
For the first time in my life, I feel like I truly understand Italian horror.
That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed it in the past, because I have - I love Deep Red, Black Sunday, Demons, Lisa and the Devil, Zombi 2, The Beyond, I've been meaning to watch StageFright: Aquarius for...forever. I'm not saying that I'm a Tenured Expert in All Things Italian Horror, because I haven't seen a lot other than the "big" names, but it's…
So is "Freudstein" (the owner of the titular House and the original title for the film) supposed to be a combination of Freud and Frankenstein? It would make sense because the movie features an odd combination of Freudian child psychology and Frankenstein-esque zombies, but surely we can do better than that?
The problem with The House by the Cemetery is that it's impossible to take seriously because of Bob. Bob is a nine year old child, and way too much of the plot calls on him to do actual acting (he gets at least as much screen time as the rest of the cast, if not more). He's nine years old: he doesn't know anything about the world yet, let…
A very solid horror film that is creepy and very gory but I have one big problem with this movie and it's that it is considered to be the final movie in the Gates of Hell trilogy yet it doesn't really fit the theme of some sort of portal opening up and bringing hell on earth like The Beyond and City of the Living Dead did. There really is no mention of anything like it at all. It really just seems to be more of a haunted house style horror movie, a very good one but one that just doesn't fit into the trilogy at all.
The Horror genre is one of the most traditional and broad movie genres that exist; you can pick a few movies universally regarded as horror but never find anything really defining among them; it crosses paths with drama, thriller, action, romance and even comedy.
However, there is a particular category, if I can even say it that way, of horror movies that I consider the purest form of horror in cinema, and "The House by the Cemetery" is one of those movies; Not only The House by the Cemetery, but the whole Gates of Hell trilogy by Lucio Fulci.
The reason why I consider them to be the purest form of Horror is how the combine physical and psychological horror,…
Another great gore fest in by Lucio Fulci, a director I am just now getting acquainted with....cant wait to watch more. Fulci creates the perfect 80's creep/gory/cheesy atmosphere that I've always loved.
Upon revision, the best in the trilogy award goes to City Of The Living Dead! For me personally anyway. Sure the ending didn't make much in the way of sense given the fact it was rushed out, but you know what, it just worked so well for me. But what a trilogy it has been!
The kid in this right... sure he was annoying as fuck, but he probably has the best scream in the trilogy by far. If only that scream was transferred in to a character who is less of a cunt.
Not sure what to do now... I need to find more horror trilogies. If anybody has knowledge of any more horror trilogies, please let me know.
No one will ever know whether the children are monsters or the monsters are children. - Lucio Fulci
House by the cemetery has some quality practical gore but not enough of it to succeed on effects alone. The plot is convoluted and the resolution is perplexing. There is implication that something more meaningful is going on with Mae or Freudstein but it is completely lost on me.
That said I still had a lot of fun watching this with a crowd. There is a solid amount of unintentionally hilarious content including a seemingly unending fight against a bat. Bob is amazing. Something about this kid is disturbing either due to his strange alien features or his off synch dialogue. I want to believe everything was orchestrated by Bob.
I am not really sure what is going on with the plot here but Fulci's haunted house sure is grimy and spooky. Of course this wouldn't be a Fulci joint without the blood and maggots, so yes we get a lot of both. The creepy soundtrack is here too, almost reminding me of something out of Castlevania. And then there is a great eerie scene involving a bloody mannequin being beheaded in a storefront display while a little girl watches in terror!?
There is one MAJOR downside to this movie though, little boy Bob's voice! Bob is this snot nosed kid character who is overdubbed by an adult doing the worst high-pitched impersonation of a kid and Bob gets a…
Italian gore guru Lucio Fulci attempts to jump on the "Amityville" bandwagon with this gooey tale of a family that moves into a New England mansion with a dark past. The story doesn't make a lick of sense (as usual) but the impressively gross splatter effects are the big draw.
Much blood, some staring, much stabbing, a scary dude who looks like a porridge man, then later a dried out chicken carcass. A good time
Why must kids be dubbed with such obnoxious voices?
Viewed on TCM
"I am not a criminal because I make horror films. A lot of Italian genre directors are animal lovers. Mario Bava loved cats, Riccardo Freda loves horses, and Dario Argento loves himself."
There is a lovely scene in House By The Cemetery where the shot is focusing on the house, then it pans to the left to a cat sitting next to a tombstone.
The House by The Cemetery is wonderfully gruesome and very artistically done. Is it a tad confusing and does it leave you wondering about some loose ends left untied, sure but you won't really care.
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest" (as well as some of my…
I'm waiting to make the jump up to my 300 favorite horror flicks but I'll take the leap soon.