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The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

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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
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Laura Gittleson
Giovanni De Nava ...
Dr. Freudstein
Daniela Doria ...
First Female Victim
Gianpaolo Saccarola ...
Daniel Douglas
Carlo De Mejo ...
Mr. Wheatley
Kenneth A. Olsen ...
Harold (as John Olson)
Elmer Johnsson ...
Cemetery Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara ...
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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Filmed on the Ellis Estate in Scituate, MA, where another Italian horror film, Ghosthouse (1988), was filmed. See more »

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When Dr. Boyle and his family arrive in Boston, you can see the crew's reflection on the car before Mrs. Boyle opens the door. See more »

Quotes

[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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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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