"Sometimes I get in the mood for a good old fashioned blood bash. I don't mean something as pasturized as the latest "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remakes. I don't want something loaded down with CGI effects like "300". I want good old latex and red-corn-syrup blood-letting. Something that could only have come out of Italy in the 1980's. Usually when I'm in this mood I will turn to Fulci's "Gates of Hell", (blood by the bucketful) but I've worn that flick out in recent years so I turned to "House by the Cemetery". The movie starts right out with a great splatter of the red stuff and we are off and runnin'! The first thing you will notice about this movie is the haunting score. It's fantastic, one of the best elements of the film. The second thing you will notice is the lousy vocal dub for "Bob"??? Not sure who or what is providing that voice....but it is pretty jarring when first heard to say the least. Finally you will notice that "House" actually serves up more suspense than oozing red stuff as it plays out. There are some pretty chilling scenes sprinkled throughout the film, and the final 15 minutes is fantastic! The blood does flow, don't get me wrong, there are several scenes to satisfy the gorehound, but the emphasis on suspense and the creepiness the underlies the entire film really make the gore secondary. If you can get past "Bob", then you will really enjoy this film."
Fulci at his finest
M. Ryan Fairbanks | Cleveland, Ohio | 07/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Easily one of the better movies in the vast and varied Fulci filmography, The House by the Cemetery is one of the man's shining moments in horror.
When a man moves his family into the titular house by the cemetery to continue a deceased colleague's research, he and his family discover the truth about their new home: Dwelling in the cellar is Dr. Freudstein, a zombie that keeps himself alive by sewing the fresh parts of his victims onto his own body.
House by the Cemetery is a perfect example of a horror movie in the Fulci style. Paper thin plot, loads of gore, and thick atmosphere are all combined successfully to make a movie that's both entertaining and at times genuinely creepy. Great cinematography of the graveyard and the mansion are also nice touches that add a lot. House by the Cemetery is a movie in which you can acutally see Fulci progressing as a film maker, if only slightly.
The only real aspect that weighs House by the Cemetery down is the infamously bad voice acting/dubbing for the character "Bob", which is indeed one of the most grating and annoying voices ever recorded. Apart from that this is Fulci at his very finest. Highly recommended."
Bob? Bob? Where are you BOB?? Boooob? Bob? BOB? BOB? Bob are
ilovevictoriaprincipal | Tokyo, Japan | 06/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hilarious movie with a little blonde girl called Bob, an actor with the hairiest head and face I've ever seen and a babysitter with a lisp who calls a character called Mrs. Gittleson (?) Mrs. Gittlethon. I think Fulci was still trippin' when he made this one. Absolutely insane.. just my type of movie."
Fantastic supernatural Italian shocker!
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 08/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When a family moves from New York City to a New England town where they found the perfect place to stay, however their young child has a psychic power that enables him to see a ghost that warns him of the terrible things that happened there once. Long ago, a mad scientist named Dr. Freudstein conducted horrific experiments on people as he murdered them in the basement and used them, now a curse brings him back to life as a ravenous murderous zombie that kills as he seeks new blood and more people to kill and experiment on with ghostly events happening.
Ghastly, unique and stylish supernatural zombie/haunted house thriller from Lucio Fulci is one of his best movies yet. Sure it lacks coherence but this movie delivers dark atmosphere, great scares, gory sequences like the skull stabbing and Bat mutilation sequences, and a chilling music score. I love how this movie combines both the zombie and haunted house movie genres especially influence by HP Lovecraft into one movie thanks to the magic of Fulci whom also makes a cameo in this motion picture, this is one of my all time favorite scary movies ever and highly recommended for fans of the genres but not for the squeamish.
This DVD is a re-issue of the Anchor Bay edition which has a great transfer and good sound with fine extras like an easter egg, TV Spot, Trailer, Bio of Fulci and poster-and-still gallery.
Also recommended: "House (1986)", "The Others", "The Shining", "Re-Animator", "Pet Sematary", "City of the Living Dead", "Demons 1 & 2", "Evil Dead 1 & 2", "Dawn of the Dead (1978)", "Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey)", "The Devil's Backbone", "Beetlejuice", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Suspiria", "Dagon", "From Beyond", "Zombie (a.k.a. Zombi 2)", "The New York Ripper", "Versus", "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (aka Living Dead at The Manchester Morgue)", "Poltergeist", "Burnt Offerings", "The Amityville Horror (1979 and 2005)", "Day of the Dead (1985)", "Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror", "Cemetery Man", "Phenomena (a.k.a. creepers)", "Hellraiser 1 & 2", "Candyman", "Blood Diner', "An American Werewolf in London", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Event Horizon", "Maniac (1980)", "The Haunting (1963)", "House on Haunted Hill (1958 and 1999)", "Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead)", "Final Destination Series", "The Gate", "House of 1000 Corpses", "The Innocents", "The Legend of Hell House", "Inferno" and "The Beyond"."
twice baked | wisconsin | 06/17/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"just a quick jab at a movie i do like. i love fulci , i love gore, i even love odd plots, but this movie is mediocre in all columns.to say it is a great movie is insulting considering the offerings from the same director we've all grown to love."