House By the Cemetery (DVD)

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Italian horror co-written and directed by Lucio Fulci. When Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco) moves into a deserted mansion near Boston with his family, it's not long before his son Bob (Giovanni Frezza) begins experiencing some strange phenomena. After seeing the ghost of a young girl, Bob is lured into the mansion's basement where he finds Dr Freudstein (Giovanni de Nava), a mad scientist thought to be dead who has been keeping himself alive by murdering the inhabitants of the house and using their cells to regenerate his own. With Freudstein intent on making the Boyles his latest victims, the family face a desperate fight to get out alive.

Product Details

Barcode
5027035014265
Department
Movies & TV
Released
26 Jun 2017
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Horror
Region
Region 2
Language
Italian, English
Studio
Arrow Films
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
86 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
House by the Cemetery
Release Year
1984
Running Time
87 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero
Categories
Foreign Films / Italian / Gore / Killers / Monsters / Mystery / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Zombies
Ratings
IMDb
6.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
45% 49%
Synopsis
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.
Notes
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.
Poster
Poster for House by the Cemetery
Cast & Crew
Director
Lucio Fulci
Star
Giovanni Frezza / Dagmar Lassander / Katherine MacColl / Paolo Malco
Screenwriter
Elisa Briganti / Lucio Fulci / Giorgio Mariuzzo / Dardano Sacchetti
Producer
Fabrizio De Angelis
Director of Photography
Sergio Salvati
Editor
Vincenzo Tomassi
Cameo
Lucio Fulci