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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…
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.
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 more times I watch this one the more that I feel it's Fulci's masterpiece. Even that annoying bastard Bob has ruined my enjoyment of the film. Much like the screaming child that he is I've built up a tolerance to him.
From the moment it begins to the second it ends House is just oozing with dread and the last 15 mins is some of the strongest filmmaking of Fulci's career. The perfect movie for the Halloween season and anyone who's ever been afraid to go in the basement.
I wish I was filled with worms and sludge too!
The best part of this movie is when the annoying little kid got locked in the basement. When that happened I wanted to give this movie 5 stars, but the whiny little brat got out alive, so I dropped it to 2.
Fairly good haunted house movie with a sick as hell monster at the end.
Viendo estas peliculas te das cuenta que en el género ya estaba todo inventado hace años. Casas embrujadas, gore, psicokillers, hachas. lo tiene todo.
Turned Classic Movies played this, I never thought I'd see the day. The picture quality was significantly better than my bootleg VHS from the early 90s. This is my favorite Fulci film. I wouldn't argue that it's better than Zombie, The Beyond, or City of the Living Dead, I just have an affinity for it. I love the title. Death metal band Mortician named an album after this movie and I used to wear the corresponding shirt constantly despite the completely inappropriate artwork. The movie has everything; haunted houses, mad scientists, bats, gore, creepy dolls, telepathic children, zombies(kinda.). You get a boob shot in the first 30 seconds, way to keep it classy. Fulci took pieces of The Shining, The Evil Dead, and a bunch of other films and haphazardly glued them together to make this deranged nonsensical awesomeness.
I wonder if the box of Fiddle Faddle was the movie commenting on itself.
I am not quite sure what I watched, but maybe I liked it. Maybe. I'm not really sure. 😐
I think the thing that I don't like with this particular brand of horror is the lingering on wounds. It's well done gore, but somehow manages to become the proverbial drum solo. A tense standoff suddenly hits the pause button as we see loving closeups of someone's throat getting ripped open in slow motion.
First off Bob's audio dub is horrible. Ann (Ania Pieroni) needed more scenes I could have watched her die over and over. This is gotta be the most OCD killer I've ever seen. How does he manage to clean up so efficiently and why doesn't that basement smell you should be able to smell rotting flesh all the way outside. I mean the guy is a living pile of maggots every inch of wood in that house should reek of death. How could you live there and not notice? The final act is so good I guess it's worth all the unanswered questions.
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