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The House by the Cemetery (1981) More at IMDbPro »Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title)

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The House by the Cemetery -- Dr. Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco), of the New York Historical Society, accepts a research assignment abandoned by a colleague who has committed suicide.
The House by the Cemetery -- Dr. Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco), of the New York Historical Society, accepts a research assignment abandoned by a colleague who has committed suicide.


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Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Elisa Briganti (story)
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Release Date:
1 March 1984 (USA) See more »
In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen... See more » | Full synopsis »
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While there seem to be some lose strings, the movie is still a masterpiece. See more (147 total) »


  (in credits order)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Laura Gittleson (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Lucio Fulci ... Professor Muller (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Professor Muller (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Mr. Wheatley (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Daniel Douglas (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Lyle Stetler ... Bob Boyle (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Dr. Norman Boyle (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elisa Briganti  story (as Elisa Livia Briganti)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
H.P. Lovecraft  inspiration (uncredited)
Giorgio Mariuzzo  screenplay
Dardano Sacchetti  screenplay

Produced by
Fabrizio De Angelis .... producer
Original Music by
Walter Rizzati 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Makeup Department
Maria Pia Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Giannetto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Giannetto De Rossi .... special makeup effects artist
Antonio Maltempo .... assistant makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Fabrizio De Martino .... unit manager
Paolo Gargano .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
Art Department
Mariangela Capuano .... set dresser
Rodolfo Ruzza .... property master
Sound Department
Ugo Celani .... sound engineer
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer (as Gianni Amico)
Eros Giustini .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Giannetto De Rossi .... special effects (as Gino De Rossi)
Nazzareno Cardinali .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Alfredo Fedeli .... chief electrician
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Giacomo Tomaselli .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudia D'Obici .... assistant costumes
Bertilla Silvestrini .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Pietro Tomassi .... assistant editor
Luciano Vittori .... color consultant
Music Department
Alexander Blonksteiner .... composer: additional music
Walter Rizzati .... conductor
Other crew
Pino Colizzi .... dubbing director
Alfredo D'Angelo .... curtains (as D'Angelo)
Armando Pace .... cutting room assistant
Daniela Puccini .... continuity
Guglielmo Smeraldi .... production secretary
Otello Tomassini .... paymaster
Daniela Tonti .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Quella villa accanto al cimitero" - Italy (original title)
"Zombie Hell House" - USA
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87 min | USA:82 min (2002 DVD release) | UK:85 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating: 1981) (cut) | UK:18 (uncut version, re-rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1988) (heavily cut) (re-rating) (2001) (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1988) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (cut)

Did You Know?

The scene where Paolo Malco stabs Dr. Freudstein in the stomach with a steak knife was done in a single take.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[last lines]
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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Movie Connections:
References Suspiria (1977)See more »


What are the differences censored British Versions and the Original Uncensored Version?
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
While there seem to be some lose strings, the movie is still a masterpiece., 26 May 2007
Author: Francisco Rotondi from Argentina

If I have to be objective, I would say that I can understand why some people criticize "The House by the Cemetery" for being a film that lacks of logical explanations all the way through. As a matter of fact, regardless of how much I love this film and how biased I can be, I admit that it is overflowing with nonsensical and misleading sequences that only add a little bit of confusion. This is not the only occasion in which Mr. Fulci is accused of being ambiguous and practically senile for developing such random and unsystematic states of affairs in one his films. However, it is not the only time in which the results are unquestionably effective and unforgettable either. I think we ought to accept by now that several Italian horror movies, let alone the ones directed by Mr. Fulci, are not exactly to be praised because of their plot and exceedingly appropriate logic. The high point in "The House by the Cemetery", along with many other films directed by Lucio Fulci, is without doubt the atmosphere and pleasant demonstration of fear-provoking imagery.

In "The House by the Cemetery", Dr. Boyle moves to the countryside in New England with his wife, Lucy and his obnoxious little son, Bobby. His purpose is to continue an unfinished research and finding out what happened to his colleague, who killed himself and slaughtered his mistress for no apparent reason. Dr. Boyle, who is pretty excited about the research and the fact that he's going to earn five thousand dollars extra, tries to cope with the constant ranting coming from his wife and little Bob, who claims he sees a little girl who says they shouldn't go to the house. Despite the consequences, Dr. Boyle prepares for his research, without even considering that Bobby's so-called hallucinations and lies should be taken seriously. In the cellar of the house, there's something waiting for them. Something that is beyond anyone's nightmare and the Boyles are about to find out what it is.

Like I said before, it seems that many people were deeply offended by the lack of logic and while I'm not saying that this is untrue, personally, I don't think it's a blameworthy feature. Building up an extremely sensible story, obviously wasn't Lucio Fulci's strongest suit. However, what this film lacks of logic is surpassed with other things, for instance, Dr. Freudstein, who is definitely one of the most horrendous baddies and his bone-chilling appearance throughout the last minutes. The sequence in which we see the family trying to fight against this outlandish creature, taken from Mr. Fulci's worst nightmares, is by far one of the most shocking and professionally made scenes I have witnessed in a horror movie. Not to mention that there's also a nice share of gore as a bonus for those who are always in the mood for brutal murders and guts all over the place. It seems like I may be one of the few who enjoyed the nonsensical succession, like for example, the flash-back in which little Mae sees mannequin losing her head, or the eyes close-up or the arrival of Ann to the house. Those were some of the most criticized and somehow far-fetched little details that I personally enjoyed, for contributing to develop Mr. Fulci's nightmarish atmosphere, which is somehow his trademark. The music is also one of the things I really enjoyed about this film, although it seems like not many people noticed that little nicety. It's quite melancholic and beautiful. The same music is used from the beginning until the end, which somehow helps to create a less fearful atmosphere in the right moments. I think "The House by the Cemetery" is one of those films that only pleases horror fans who can appreciate Mr. Fulci's movies for what they are, instead of focusing on the ambiguity and the lack of logic. This movie is enjoyable for its atmosphere and nightmarish sequences and frankly...I wouldn't want it any other way.

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