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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 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.
its lit, fulci makes my dick hard
It's been said that Lucio Fulci never much cared for women, but if THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY is any indication, he didn't like kids all that much either. Throughout the extended climax, the unfortunately dubbed Bob is put through a ringer of psychological tests - he sees both his parents murdered before him, is nearly axed by his own father, sees his babysitter beheaded, and after struggling and crying through a rebirthing of sorts as he crawls through a yonic opening in Freudstein's tomb, is lead to the afterlife by a ghostly child who'd been haunting him the entire film prior. All the little Aryan kid wanted to do was play with his stupid red remote control car, but…
Halloween Horror Marathon '15 (#9)
The House by the Cemetery is sort of like the Fulci equivalent of The Shining. It falls into that horror subgenre of houses/buildings that are just as menacingly evil as they are haunted (The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, etc). Though hardly original, it does contain a particular brand of substance that allows for the creepy horror experience to stand out on its own. There is of course the obligatory violent blood and gore that comes with Fulci films, but while more violent than most horror films of its kind, it's surprisingly tame when compared to his more grotesque splatterfests. For the first time in my Fulci viewing experience I got to see a film where he…
Well made Fulci horror with an abundance of unintentional humor owing to some bad dubbing, questionable acting, over-the-top gore and one tenacious bat. Enjoyable, but doesn't reach the atmospheric heights of The Beyond.
Fulci will always be the lesser Argento, but one thing he does do better is gore. This film is full of it, along with creepy kid BOB. Not as good as The Beyond, but fun none the less.
on flickchart at 1367
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Thus concludes my rewatch of Fulci's "Gates of Hell" trilogy. I remember being very disappointed and bored by this movie as a teenager, and I still think it's the most incoherent (can you even complain of incoherence in a Fulci movie?) and unimpressive of the three. The order of production was City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, and House by the Cemetery. I'm really not sure why this film is grouped with the other two, seeing as it doesn't contain any thematic material on Hell or a "beyond" other than poor little hideous Bob being lead off by his new ghost family at the end.
My other questions mostly pertain to Ann: Was she really sent to be the…
great opening sequence! with some truly great scenes throughout
ps i wish dr freudstein was real
The House by the Cemetery (the third in Lucio Fulci's unofficial "real estate" or "gates of hell" trilogy) is often sloughed off when compared to the other films Fulci made in the early '80s. I mean, sure, unlike the other films in this "trilogy," it doesn’t have teleporting zombies and a ghost priest that makes people regurgitate their innards like in City of the Living Dead, nor is it an ethereal horror masterpiece containing some of the great setpieces in all of Euro horror like--as is the case with The Beyond. However, because the productions of these films all overlapped, and are very much of a piece (notice the similarity in settings that act as gateways: the bowels…
I’m starting to think that Lucio Fulci movies were just an excuse to devise new ways to impale people. They aren’t scary at all. Just gross. The subject matter of these movies should elicit fear and maybe 35 years ago they did. Now, it’s just gruesome kills. Amazing effects, but nothing in the way of real substance. I’m disappointed these movies are held in such high regard that I expected more than just great make-up. Truth be told, they’re kind of boring.
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