The House by the Cemetery (1981) Poster


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Filmed on the Ellis Estate in Scituate, MA, where another Italian horror film, Ghosthouse (1988), was filmed.
The film's original shooting title was "Freudstein".
Uses the same "library" set featured in ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)
Third part of Lucio Fulci's "Gates of hell" Trilogy also including City of the Living Dead (1980) and ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981).
One of the early VHS issues of "House by the Cemetery" in America had several of the film's reels out of order, further confusing the already erratic story.
Although most of the dialogue was done in English (the two children's dialogue is in Italian), the movie was nonetheless dubbed in post-production.
Paolo Malco kept one of of the mechanical bats that was used in the sequence in which a bat bites his hand.
Silvia Collatina, who plays Mae Freudstein, also was the hands of Dr. Freudstein.
Giovanni Frezza was only eight years old when he was cast as Bob in this movie.
The trailers for the US release of this film were narrated by Brother Theodore.
Catriona MacColl overcame her aversion to bats as a direct result of acting in this film.

Director Cameo 

Lucio Fulci: As Professor Mueller, who talks with Norman Boyle on the New York City street.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Apparently the Estate Agent's death was originally longer and nastier and included eye gouging, a Fulci trait. This was cut because Lucio Fulci didn't think the effects were realistic enough.
Though the final line ("No one will ever know whether the children are monsters or the monsters are children") is attributed to Henry James, it was actually fabricated by Lucio Fulci.
The scene where Paolo Malco stabs Dr. Freudstein in the stomach with a steak knife was done in a single take.

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