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.
Film #17 of the "Scavenger Hunt 2" Challenge!
Task #16 : A film that HAS been banned, by ANY country, past or present!
Apparently director Lucio Fulci's gruesome lil arterial geyser film made it onto the UK's Video Nasty List! Look I understand we need a rating system to keep children away from inappropriate films! I however do NOT understand why we as a society let a group of prudes and prigs decide what we are allowed to view as adults! In my not so humble opinion the people need to speak up loud and clear with their votes and oust this archaic system that bans and censors films!
Atmospheric, creepy and bloody good fun when it's…
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…
The third film in Fulci's thematic Gates of Hell trilogy, The House by the Cemetary takes the complete opposite approach from The Beyond and offers up a really chilling horror film.
This movie is all about atmosphere. As we follow a couple, played by Paolo Malco and Gates of Hell trilogy favorite Catriona MacColl, after they move into a new home in an idyllic New England town, Fulci shows that he knows how to deliver tension without relying on gore. We get shots that move incredibly slow as to increase the tension without feeling like they're slow. We get mood written all over the place and it's all in the camerawork. One thing I…
Was a bit buttered up when I watched this, but it was a lot better than I was expecting. Better than City of the Living Dead which I'd watched a month previously.
The little blond kid was so annoying. I was just hoping he would get killed. Plus he had the weirdest name for a little kid - Bob Boyle.
Watched on DVD.
Después del non sequitur galore que fue City of the Living Dead, The House by the Cemetery se revela como una oda a la coherencia y la lógica interna. Y bien por ella, porque hasta ahora Fulci a demostrado que sabe divertir y asquear, pero aquí muestra que sabe asustar bien también.
Hay un buen número de momentos magistrales aquí, pero mi absoluto favorito es "Bob, quítate de la puerta porque estoy a punto de partirla con un hacha." Ese niño Bob es un loco. Buen argumento en contra de doblar a los niños en las películas italianas.
"No one will ever know whether the children are monsters or the monsters are children"
De qué hablas, Lucio? No te entiendo.
Que bonito es cuando el cine de terror está bien hecho y con todos sus clichés logra sacarte uno que otro susto. Gore y protoslash mezclados con una buena cantidad de suspense, lo más tenebroso que he visto de Fulci y desapegado de sus demás trabajos. La sangre, pus y los gusanos están donde deben estar.
Wow! Esta pelicula espanta (casi) siempre donde debe espantar.
Aca Fulci demuestra que también sabe jugar con el suspenso, sin dejar atrás su toque característico. Fácil, es la más estresante de las peliculas que he visto de él.
Y que decir, del final. (Spoiler) Que cosa tan más desesperanzadora y gris: eso de "matar" a todos los protagónistas, no cualquiera. Ojalá hubiera más peliculas en estos tiempos en donde el mal triunfe.
Me gustaría darle las cinco estrellas, pero la verdad, el niño se me hizo súper castroso y lo odié en cualquier momento.
Por cierto, al inicio, no pude evitar acordarme de esta pintura. ❤
I hate that kid.
Not one of my favorites when it comes to Fulci horror. I will say this does have some cool elements and a decent story to go with it.
Some of the English dubbing can be a bit much. Like it was meant to be a joke or the characters were trying to be funny. I'm sure that wasn't by design, but that's what came to be.
Of course you can't go wrong with Fulci style gore!!!
Worth shot revisiting the Freudstein house....
Wow. There are so many things to love about this movie. The creepy moppet, interminable bat attacks, the rapid-fire eye close-ups, incomprehensible plot with more dangling threads than the titular house sports dangling cobwebs, wonderfully atmospheric music, nutso gore, bleak-as-hell ending…yeah. It doesn’t make a lick of sense and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is a movie about how Lucio Fulci hates kids.
Wicked soundtrack, some brutal fucking kills, essential viewing.
Bob's scream as the head rolls down the staircase!!!!
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