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The House by the Cemetery (1981)
"Quella villa accanto al cimitero" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  1 March 1984 (USA)
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In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen, who committed suicide after killing his mistress. Norman heads to Boston with his wife... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Catriona MacColl ...
Lucy Boyle (as Katherine MacColl)
Paolo Malco ...
Dr. Norman Boyle
Ania Pieroni ...
Ann, the babysitter
Giovanni Frezza ...
Bob Boyle
Silvia Collatina ...
Mae Freudstein
Dagmar Lassander ...
Laura Gittleson
Giovanni De Nava ...
Dr. Jacob Tess Freudstein
Daniela Doria ...
First female victim
Gianpaolo Saccarola ...
Daniel Douglas, the librarian
Carlo De Mejo ...
Mr. Wheatley
Kenneth A. Olsen ...
Harold (as John Olson)
Elmer Johnsson ...
Cemetary Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara ...
Steven, a victim
Teresa Rossi Passante ...
Mary Freudstein
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In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen, who committed suicide after killing his mistress. Norman heads to Boston with his wife Lucy Boyle and their son Bob to live in an isolated house in the woods that belonged to Dr. Petersen. Bob befriends the girl Mae that only he can see and she warns him to leave the house. Soon his parents hire the mysterious babysitter Ann and creepy things happen in the house, When Bobby goes to the basement, his parents discover the secret of the house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Giovanni Frezza was only eight years old when he was cast as Bob in this movie. See more »

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Fishing line can be seen attached to the bat that attacks Lucy in the cellar. Also, when Norman stabs the bat with a pair of scissors, blood comes out of the bat in places other than where the scissors penetrated it. See more »

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Mary Freudstein: 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.
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My favourite Fulci film
15 July 1999 | by (York, England) – See all my reviews

Out of the horror films by Fulci which I own (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and this one), this is definitely my favourite. As well as containing the most gore (I'm lucky to have an uncut version) it is also the most scary. There are plenty of moments which will make you jump and the overall images projected from the camera panning of the house in question adds to this, creating a tense and terrifying atmosphere. The murders are spot-on with plenty of blood and great effects which again add to the overall tension in the film. The storyline, though fairly thin, keeps things moving along at a quick pace to the abrupt ending which is typical of Fulci's other work. Overall, I make a point of watching this film regularly (with lights off!) as I think it is just a great horror flick. If you're a horror fan, see this! My score: 8/10.


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