This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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 liked this but some stuff was just far overdone. Some of the death scenes were too drawn out for me.
However, this is your classic 80's style horror movie which I always always enjoy.
Ecco il cinema dell'orrore che amo di più. Quello che da piccolo infestava i miei sonni. Rivisto ultimamente ne ho apprezzato anche il lato tecnico, gustandomi appieno l'atmosfera sognante e malata che lo pervade. La bravura di Fulci sta nello spaventare senza ricorrere ad impennate di decibel, ma costruendo sapientemente il climax ideale. Da brividi la cantina e le relative soggettive del Dr. Freudstein. Ottimi gli effetti gore di Giannetto De Rossi.
Lucio! Lucio! Lucio!
So much of this movie signals it will be bad. The acting isn't great, the shots that exist to ratchet up drama are often laughable close ups of eyes but... there is something to this. Maybe it's just all the tropes of the era or how strange it lets it's story be sometimes, I find this movie very compelling.
Another effective, mind blowing ending from Fulci. The end title card is utterly baffling and I believe not a real quote from the author. Bob is so annoying he becomes brilliant. Masterpiece.
I gave it a 2 based on the most annoying child character ever recorded on film. Other than that it was a pretty good movie.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the best haunted house stories of all time. Many other films inspired on this one. I love the little girl performance, the worm-filled blood of Dr. Freudstein, the tombstones on the front yard. Everything is connected. What else can you ask for to spend a pleasant evening?
I hate Bob I yam so mad he didn't die!!! I loved the five minute bat biting dad scene it was spectacular I didn't know bats had that much blood in them.
Fulci sure knows how to end a movie with a top shelf mindfuck.
Bob is the greatest name for an eight year old boy.
I wish I was filled with worms and sludge too!
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…