My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
The House by the Cemetery
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A deranged killer lives in the basement of an old mansion and pops out occasionally to commit grisly murders that include be-headings.
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…
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…
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…
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,…
A very strong entry in Lucio Fulci's zombie Quartet, It plays out almost as a slasher,and indeed add the haunted house subgenre into that as well. Overall Atmosphere was fantastic, coupled with quite abit of gore, This is not as action packed as say, The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead. A great slow burner, highely recomended!
I think I officially prefer Argento's work to that of Fulci and Bava. Just saying.
'The House by the Cemetery', aka 'The Most Disappointing Film I've Seen This Week', is kind of an uneven mess. As the final installment in the unofficial 'Gates of Hell' trilogy, I had high hopes that it could at least be as coherent as 'The Beyond'. This was not to be unfortunately as instead we are offered a movie which makes very little sense.
There are scenes which suggest things that are neither explained or revisited. An example of this is when the babysitter, Anne, continually 'makes eyes' at the male lead. She doesn't say a word and it's unclear as to whether she want to kill him or fuck him (or both). It seems like a pretty big deal…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A film maker not renowned for his restraint, Lucio Fulci shares the dubious honour of being one of only two directors to have three of their films appear on the 1983 Video Nasties list (the other being the inferior schlock merchant Jesus Franco). It's not hard to see why the DPP got their knickers in a twist over Fulci's lurid violence: Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) was almost guaranteed to be banned on the strength of the title alone but includes a literally eye popping moment just to make sure, while The Beyond (1981) contains plenty to offend but did manage to escape prosecution.
If Zombie Flesh Eaters (aka Zombi 2) ripped off George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978),…
The first of a surprise Italian triple feature.
The most bland of Fulci's "Gates of Hell" films.
Back in 1999 over a winter weekend I subjected myself to a Italian trial by fire. The nightmare bill of Susperia, Cannibal Holocaust, I Spit on your Grave and The House by the Cemetery. Dark days indeed.
16 years later and while the memory has faded, the images remain, their outline burnt to my retinas, the stink attached to my psyche. I've never had the heart or stomach to revisit Zarchi's rape/penis atrocity or Deodato's jungle barbarity. Susperia though has become a firm favourite and I was curious to see if Fulci's contribution would hold up.
While The Beyond is easy to recommend to anyone with an interest, The House by the Cemetery mmm maybe not so, its just a…
Gore-tastic! I mean, sure, it's repellently nasty and violent, yet well-made and stylish.
When the great horror films of the 80s are discussed, it's rare to hear House By The Cemetary mentioned amongst Elm St, Friday the 13th et al.
That's a real shame, because this movie really is something special. I'll admit that up until last year, I hadn't seen it myself, so perhaps availability had been an issue over the years. It is an absolute treat for horror fans though and should not be missed.
Checking out the new Arrow disc I got in the mail today. Listened to the commentary with star Catriona MacColl.
Okay, so I came into this one with a very different attitude to "The Beyond". While I knew this wasn't supposed to be as good, I couldn't help but hope for the best. From a fanart poster on Reelizer (see here) I realised that the eponymous house is the same one where the mysterious blind girl lives in "The Beyond". However, it seems that's more for budgeting reasons. There isn't actually any clear connection between this film and "The Beyond" at all. In fact there's actually no mention of gates to hell.
The plot of this film is actually probably the most solid plot I've seen in any of Lucio Fulci's movies. There's a very solid structure for what happens…
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