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Monday, March 3, 2014

The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Intense is the best word to describe Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery.  Visually stunning and bathed in blood, The House by the Cemetery proves that torture porn is not a modern phenomena.  While this type of horror is not my favorite, I cannot help but admire Fulci’s exuberance for blood spatter and creating multiple squirm-worthy moments.  His victims die slowly and horribly and he seems to enjoy every moment of it!

The House by the Cemetery is the story of the Boyle family.  Dad is busy doing research about the mysterious Dr. Freudstein, taking over for a colleague who murdered his mistress and then killed himself.  Mom is busy looking after their son Bob who befriends the girl next door.  While that sounds really sweet, it’s clear the girl in question is dead.   Things heat up when they hire a new babysitter and I’ll leave it at that.  The only other thing I’ll say is that the ending is one-the-edge-of-your-seat great and the make-up on the departed dr. Freudstein is fantastic.

As a side note, Fulci not only directed but also wrote the screen play for this film.  The only negative I have is that the over-dub is not done very well.  I would prefer to hear it in it’s original Italian with subtitles but this is not an option on Netflix.

If you like Fulci’s work then this one a must-see.  A strong film from a unique and visionary director.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


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