House By the Cemetery (Region 1 DVD)
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- 15 Jul 2015
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- Read the fine print. You may have just mortgaged your life.
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 87 min
- Alternate Title
- Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero
- Foreign Films / Italian / Gore / Killers / Monsters / Mystery / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Zombies / Horror/Suspense
- After a doctor kills his mistress and himself while researching the mysterious previous owner of his Boston home, his colleague, Dr. Norman Boyle, takes over his research and moves his family from New York City to the Boston mansion. Soon after, Boyle's young son Bob becomes plagued by visions of a young girl, who warns him of the danger within the house.
- Dr. Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco), of the New York Historical Society, accepts a research assignment abandoned by a colleague who has committed suicide. The project requires the researcher to temporarily take up residence in a New England mansion along with his wife, Lucy (Katherine MacColl) and their son, Bob (Giovanni Frezza). Norman discovers his colleague had become consumed with the history of the home's original owner, a turn-of-the-Century surgeon named Dr. Freudstein who possessed a fondness for illegal experiments. Further investigation reveals Freudstein had found a way to stay alive by using cells derived from fresh human blood. The Boyles find out the hard way that the maggot-stuffed, undead doctor remains lurking in the shadows of the house, killing anybody who crosses his path.
While the plot does at times lose itself to vagueness and the inexplicable, Italian director Lucio Fulci reinforces his "Godfather Of Gore" moniker as visceral sequences (human mutilation aplenty, along with a gut-wrenching decapitation) unfold before the camera in the maestro's customary extreme close-up style. Made during the height of his career, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY is one of Fulci's most admired favorites. A percentage of the film's popularity must also be credited to the inadvertently humorous English dubbing of Italian child star Giovanni Frezza's "Bob" character, performed by a much older female actress.
- Filmed in Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; and Rome, Italy.
An unrated release in America, under 17 not admitted.
Lucio Fulci believed director Paul Verhoeven stole the idea for a villain to drag a victim down a flight of stairs for ROBOCOP from the ending of HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY.
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY marks the end of actress Katherine MacColl's collaboration with Lucio Fulci, which includes CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD in 1980 and THE BEYOND in 1981.
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY marks the end of a lengthy collaboration between Fulci and cinematographer Sergio Salvati.
Fulci claims Serrador's 1969 thriller LA RESIDENCIA (a story of a child whom murders for body parts to create the perfect woman) inspired his treatment of the "Dr. Freudstein" character.
- Release Notes
- Region [unknown]
- Official Trailer: The House by the Cemetery (1981)
- Cast & Crew
- Lucio Fulci
- Giovanni Frezza / Dagmar Lassander / Katherine MacColl / Paolo Malco / Catriona MacColl / Ania Pieroni / Silvia Collatina
- Walter Rizzati
- Fabrizio De Angelis
- Director of Photography
- Sergio Salvati
- Vincenzo Tomassi
- Costume Designer
- Massimo Lentini
- Lucio Fulci
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