My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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.
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…
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.
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…
"¿Bob? ¿BOB?" - Esta peli. El 90% del guión.
My favorite and the most easily accessible of the three Fulci movies I watched recently (the others being City of the Living Dead & The Beyond). Like the others, the plot is a definite weak point, but the atmosphere and the gore make up for it immensely. The gore is also a lot less "fun" in this one, instead going for much more realistic brutal violence with gallons of blood flowing. Well, it's not all realistic, there's a bat attack that's hilariously wild and ridiculous, but that's unintentional. And to just make sure the bat scene is the height of absurd weirdness, the bat provides more squirting blood than virtually all of the other scenes combined. This moment is clearly insane in the best way possible, as are all the other horrific bits (although these are insane for the sheer audacity to even attempt to get something this brutal past the censors).
My Fulci journey comes to an end. I don't enjoy his movies, my friends hate that I don't enjoy his movies, and I feel like the grimacing curmudgeon in the corner of the room nursing his half-cup of bourbon while everyone else is having fun.
I must make it clear- I love the ideas. A world of hope visible only to the innocence and imagination of children, paranormal-scifi horror fusion where a scientist butchers not only others but himself in order to save his family, said family living in a purgatory leading to other worlds, a down-the-rabbit-hole tale culminating in laudably grisly set pieces, and the slasher/giallo staples of exploitative and gory killings. This material composes a profoundly bleak tale…
I normally find haunted house movies to be quite lame, but Fulci fills his up with plenty of more tangible mysteries: the little girl, the Omen-ish nanny, the mannequin, the locked cellar, the tomb in the hallway (which most Boston houses have, apparently, because of the cold), Peterson's suicide, the locals' recognition of Norman, the nanny's eyebrows....
It's loads gorier than I remember. Had I really only ever seen the old Elephant Video release, cut by over 4 minutes by the BBFC (apparently on top of 3 minutes of cuts they'd already made upon its original cinema release)? That would partly account for why I've always considered it one of Fulci's lesser works.
But I was wrong. It's quite creepy,…
Fulci at his weirdest. And Ania Pieroni. Lots and lot of Ania Pieroni.
Nope. This is still my favourite Fulci flick. Even with Bob and his annoyingly bad dubbed voice! It's the eyes man! Close ups of eyes (how shifty they are), eyes in the shadows, eye popping out of a skull. O.k., it's also about the bat scene, the Bob at the basement door scene, any scene in the basement, the gore, and Dr. Freudstein himself. That guy is freaky looking. Fulci does a slasher the way only Fulci could do it.
That Fulci sure likes killing women and featuring mysterious ginger girls.
Oh, and when that dude gets stabbed in the stomach at the end and all that gross shit falls out I've never been more grossed out and I own fucking Nekromantik.
Hoop-tober film 9-
Not the greatest Lucio Fulci film I've seen, The House by the Cemetery doesn't hold together as a satisfying whole, though it does feature indelible moments and some striking imagery, a bonkers villain, lots of blood and a clearly fake-looking rabid bat. The music choices are bizarre though, and the kid is dubbed over by the voice of an adult pretending to be a child. Ah, Italian horror, you are a one of a kind.
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