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

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  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 (as Katherine MacColl)
Paolo Malco ...
Norman
Ania Pieroni ...
Ann
Giovanni Frezza ...
Bob
Silvia Collatina ...
Mae
Dagmar Lassander ...
Laura
Giovanni De Nava ...
Jacob
Daniela Doria ...
Victim
Gianpaolo Saccarola ...
Daniel
Carlo De Mejo ...
Wheatley
Kenneth A. Olsen ...
Harold (as John Olson)
Elmer Johnsson ...
Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara ...
Steven
Teresa Rossi Passante ...
Mary
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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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Trivia

The scene where Paolo Malco stabs Dr. Freudstein in the stomach with a steak knife was done in a single take. See more »

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In the scene were Laura Gittleson - the real estate agent is killed by Dr Freudstein, we see her body lying on the floor with her eyes closed and her mouth open. A few moments later we see Freudstein drag her into the basement and her eyes are now open, but her mouth is closed. Then later, when we see her hanging in the basement near the end of the film, her eyes and mouth are both open. See more »

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[Ann is kneeling on the floor, mopping up a huge pool of blood]
Lucy Boyle: What are you doing?
Ann, the babysitter: I made coffee.
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Middle-of-the-road Fulci
14 December 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

In some ways, you get a sense Fulci was trying hard to make this more "respectable" than some of his other movies. The camerawork is careful, creating atmosphere as well as a sense of polish. The makeup and gore effects (except for the ridiculous bat scene) are also well-crafted, and the Dr. Freudstein character is fairly creepy to see. Also, there are fewer splatter scenes, and they come more out of the story than any gratuitous attempts to add gore. However, the story (which has shades of THE SHINING) is pretty slow-moving, so after a while you wish Fulci *would* throw in some gratuitous splatter! And like many of Fulci's other movies, a lot of things are simply not explained. (I will admit I got a good laugh at the sudden burst of "explanation" by one character at the end, which comes out of nowhere!) Quite frankly, viewers who have heard about Fulci but not seen any of his other movies will be wondering at the end of the movie why he's received so much fuss. So only for Fulci fans, or people with more than a passing interest in Italian horror movies.


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