A gang of vicious young punks break into the house of an elderly couple, terrorize, and then murder them. Suddenly, the clocks in the house begin to run backwards, and the dead come back for revenge! Written by
I'm a big fan of Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci, but in spite of that; I put off seeing this made-for-Italian-TV movie, as I feared it wouldn't be very good compared to earlier Fulci offerings. Now that I've seen it, however, I am happy to report that with this film; Fulci doesn't disappoint! While it lacks the grandiose of Fulci's excellent Zombie Flesh-Eaters and the intrigue of his early Giallo offerings, House of Clocks still shows Fulci's talent for making horror movies, in spite of the conditions under which it was made. The plot certainly is intriguing enough, and it follows an old couple that live in a house full of the man's 'children'; namely, a bunch of clocks. The trouble starts when a troupe of pot-smoking crooks, who see the house as an easy target, decide to break in and rob it...only to find that after murdering the inhabitants; the 'children' start running backwards, and our protagonists may only have a matter of time before they meet their own gory demise...
Speaking of gore, Fulci is famous for it; and this film certainly has it; but from some of the scenes, you do get the overwhelming impression that the gore is only there to satisfy his fans. Not that that's a bad thing. Like many Italian horror films, this one suffers from poor dubbing, worse acting and lots of incoherence in the script. It's easy to forgive the film for these negative aspects however as it breathes a great atmosphere and there's some absolutely great horror shots, that are sure to delight fans. That's the thing about Fulci people see the gore and then write him off as a hack, when this isn't the case at all. This film does pretty much write itself off by the end, however, as, for some reason, Fulci has opted to tack on one of those endings that just sucks all the credibility out of the film; and on the whole it means that you will leave the film with a very sour taste in your mouth. Really, I recommend turning it off at about the 70-minute mark. Still, while the ending ruins it and it suffers from lots of imperfections; this is still a very nice horror film, and one that is very enjoyable too!
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