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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

A great zombie/psycho killer flick

10/10
Author: JimSthers from United States
23 February 2002

The Sexy Erika Buenfil, Edna Bolkan and Jackie Castro along with their boyfriends go to a house in the middle of a cemetery, where one of them finds a book that says how to bring the dead back to life, so soon the boyfriends convince the girls to steal a body from the morgue (they are medicine students) but the dead guy turns out to be the one of a psycho killer, eventually the perform a ceremony and before you can slit someone's throat the psycho is alive, and of course he starts killing the students one by bloody one, also because it is Halloween a group of kids (i mean kids) also visit the same cemetery where they are terrorized by the same psycho. plus the living dead who have risen from their graves. This Mexican Zombies on the loose/Psycho killer flick is cool, there's lots of gore, graphic murders, atractive cast, large body count, is well acted and fast paced. I recommend it highly. Other Mexican Horror flicks that you shouldn't miss are "Ladrones de Tumbas" (grave robbers) and "Trampa Infernal" (infernal trap).

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Booze, Babes, and Black Magic

9/10
Author: Alien_I_Creator from Juarez, Mexico
24 December 2006

The premise is tried and true. A group of young people break into an old and spooky abandoned house looking for nothing less than a good time. Just a night of booze, babes, boom box, and, of course, black magic. They, naturally, end up waking a dormant evil force which proceeds to terrorize and kill anyone drinking, fornicating, or trespassing in its lair.

Sound familiar yet? It should. It's been the plot to countless other horror films including Night of the Demons, The Evil Dead, and Hell Night. Now add Cemetery of Terror to the list.

I think this movie ranks up their with its contemporaries, though. It utilizes all the best techniques of a certified 80s horror gem. It's got plenty of blood and carnage, good plot, great atmosphere, and takes place on that wonderful horror movie time of the year: Halloween. The evil antagonist in this film is a superbly terrifying super-human Satanic slasher named Devlon who could easily give Michael Myers a run for his money. I don't recall Mikey selling his should to Satan, after all. And, as if Devlon wasn't enough for you, throw in a Necronomicon-type book which summons an army of zombies into the mix. Because what good is a spooky old cemetery in a horror film if you're not going to use it?

Made for Mexican audiences and filmed in Texas,this movie is definitely worth looking into if you are a fan of all-out 80s slasher gore fun. It effortlessly compares with a lot of great American horror trash cinema classics. So bring on the booze, babes, boom box, and black magic and let's party!

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A Mexican Horror Gem

8/10
Author: Luis Garcia from United States
7 November 2006

Forget all the commentaries trashing this movie. This here is a Mexican horror classic. Ask yourself this, how many terrible American horror movies are out there? Gimme a break. Mexican films usually have low budgets, don't go big time on the silver screen or gain huge notoriety around the world. Especially not in the horror genre. Name a Mexican horror film. Just one. Exactly. Horror films aren't meant to win Oscars unless it's intelligent like Rosemary's Baby. This is just a fun film to watch. C'mon, it's 80s horror! That means tight blue jeans, white sneakers, horny teens getting killed, silly hairdos and wardrobe! Sleepaway Camp is one of the champs in this area.

The plot is 3 college females are asked by their boyfriends to attend a flashy high profile party and they are tricked into going to an abandoned house on a cemetery on Halloween night. They find a book and decide to steal a corpse which happens to be of a demonic murderer who happens to be the owner of the book. They reanimate the corpse through a spell and all hell breaks loose.

This film has elements from Halloween:The demonic killer was attended to by the doctor which is after him and is rebellious towards cops and never fails to talk about how the killer is the devil and must be stopped. Very Mexican Halloween. It doesn't hurt that the movie is on Halloween as well. The only problem here is that Hugo Stiglitz should've been the demonic killer. Ha ha. I love Hugo Stiglitz, he's one of my favorites and has a hell of a voice and presence, but he's known to play villains not heroes. It has an Evil Dead element in that they find a book of dead just like the Necronomicon and wakes the demons in the cemetery. These are the 2 movies that the movie combines into a great formula.

The cast like any horror movie in any country isn't all that great.The teens cast in the movie are weak and may spoil some of the fun but Stiglitz is awesome as usual and whether it's a horror or comedy that he's in, he never fails to take his roles seriously. You should see Stiglitz doing comedy movie villains, his level of seriousness is rock solid and he takes this role just as serious. The killer isn't very scary, but the soundtrack is just sweet. It has one of the creepiest piano tunes in all of horror and I remember this movie by that eerie piano tune.

Check this movie out and watch it at night. It's only $7 at Best Buy and it comes with Ladrones de Tumbas (Graverobbers) as a two pack for a cheap price. You might or might not like it, but if you appreciate how the producer wants to entertain you with what he has to work with you won't be disappointed. The movie doesn't rip you off.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Cool but illogical film

Author: galdana30 from Guatemala, Central America
5 June 2006

I just saw it yesterday in cable TV. Anyway... I love these little horror Mexican gems directed from Ruben Galindo. Sadly it was a cut version, but i didn't ruin the mood anyway. Two major plot holes.. or goofs..

1. The doctor (Hugo Stiglitz) said that the killer only can die burn to ashes.. but later said he needs the black book for destroy him.

2. It is suppose to be Halloween night, but when the boys are reading the book, they said something about.. "This is the sixth day of the sixth month?... ¿Uh?...

Anyway.. everybody watch these movies for the jumps, not for the logical sense of it...

Sorry for my bad English...

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

An enjoyably creepy and gory Mexican horror zombie/slasher blast

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
23 May 2007

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Six teenagers decide to have a Halloween party at a spooky old rundown abandoned house located nearby a cemetery. When the party threatens to become dull, the carefree teens steal the corpse of recently deceased evil satanist Devlon from the morgue and hold a black mass. Devlon comes back to lethal life as a murderous zombie and embarks on a gruesome killing spree. It's up to no-nonsense Dr. Cardan (Mexican horror icon Hugo Stiglitz in properly stalwart form) to stop Devlon before it's too late. Writer/director Ruben Galindo, Jr. does an adept job of creating and sustaining a supremely creeped-out skin-crawling midnight-in-the-graveyard brooding gloom-doom atmosphere and keeps the pace bumping along at a steady clip before pulling out all the stops with a gloriously wild and exciting all hell's breaking loose climax depicting a hostile bunch of shambling zombies bursting forth from their graves with malign intent. Moreover, Rosalio Solano's rough, but agile cinematography, the grimly serious tone, enthusiastic acting from an attractive and engaging cast (gorgeous brunette Edna Bolkan in particular makes for a really fetching and appealing damsel in distress), the ever-popular have sex and die cliché, Carlos Savage's spirited shivery'n'shuddery synthesizer score, a handy helping of graphic gore, and a fiercely no-fooling open season on everyone take-no-prisoners harsh attitude all give this film a certain deliciously macabre charm. This movie earns bonus points for gleefully placing five obnoxious little kids in considerable jeopardy. Nice downbeat ending, too. Good, ghoulish fun.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Definitely a worthy chiller to the genre!

Author: Prolox from Canada
28 March 2008

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Six medical students decide to throw a party in the abandon house of an executed satanic serial killer named Devlon. While roaming around in the attic, they discover a book of satanic spells that belonged to him & decide to perform a black mass to raise a corpse from the dead. Stealing a body from the morgue, they perform the mass & a while later the corpse springs to life, unfortunately unbeknowest to them the body they stole was the very killer himself! Armed with supernatural powers, he quickly disposes of the teens & then sets his sights on some kids that have entered the home shortly thereafter. With the help of the killers psychiatrist, they attempt to stop Devlon & hordes of flesh craving zombies that have awakened to help Devlon in his evil quest. I bought CEMETERY OF TERROR & GRAVE ROBBERS (Both on one disc & by the same filmmaker ) & although I found the subtitles pretty distracting, overall this turned out to be a neat little horror item that puts most English horror films to shame. There's some wonderful zombie make-up on hand, a few suspenseful scenes & the killer Devlon made for an interesting villain, the acting remains so & so however, but the direction is pretty good, as is the creepy house, cemetery & atmosphere! However a few things bugged me, namely the kids themselves, there's about five of them & yet two of the kids look to be 12 or 13 while the rest look like 5 or 6 year old kids & yet their all supposed to be friends! there's also a chuckle or two to be had over the one little kids jacket (A picture of MICHAEL JACKSON is on the back if it!) & their none to smart either, for instance when the kids are running from the zombies they stop & take a breather by sitting on the graves while the corpses are still rising up nearby! & another sequence had the kids hiding in a closet from Devlon & open the door wide enough for him to see them as they peek through to see what he's doing! there's lots of mumbo jumbo dialog over the supernatural & the usual dumb teen characters but all in all I recommend it to horror fans who are tired of seeing their favorite classics being remade into flat & uninteresting messes that is really a money grab for Hollywood studios. The director was clearly inspired by both NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD & HALLOWEEN here (the latter film being the plot device of the killers psychiatrist chasing down his former escaped patient whom he perceives to be evil on two legs, the creepy abandon house the killer lived in & in terms of the former film, I'm referring to the zombies rising from the dead scenes) Definitely recommended!

***1/2 stars

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Be objective please...

5/10
Author: insomniac_rod from Noctropolis
6 August 2006

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Where to begin? First of all, fellow Mexican reviewers. I know that we have to support our cinema but it won't help it if we give positive reviews to mediocre movies. This is the case. "Cementerio del Terror" isn't by any means a good Slasher flick. Let's take it for what it is: a cynical rip-off of the Friday the 13th sequels and a rip-off mix of "Evil Dead" and "Night Of The Living Dead".

Please, be objective. "Cementerio..." is just a cheesy entertaining Slasher flick. Don't turn it into an overrated Horror movie because it doesn't deserves even such status. This is cheese for the please, and nothing more.

***HUGE SPOILERS. READ ONLY IF YOU'VE SEEN THE MOVIE AND WANT TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY*** I'm going to spoil the ending and everything, OK? Let me explain myself. The first half of the movie deals with our group of dumb teenagers who invoke a demon through a demonic book (Necronomicon anyone?). Suddenly after the events take place in a rainy cemetery, one by one, the teens are brutally murdered by an unseen killer (who in the ending looks like Lizzard from the original "The Hills Have Eyes"). After a series of stupid scenes involving two couples making out (the lamest making out scenes I've seen! I mean, the second couple just kiss like they were forced to and stay the same way for three scenes while listening to crappy Pop Metal), the killer enters the mansion and ends with all the teens. The acting of Erika Buenfil before being slaughtered is beyond pathetic as her laughing is that fake that it hurts. Oh I must add that most of the death scenes are on-screen but when something really gore is about to happen, the scene cuts to a full moon and you can only hear screaming. The death scenes aren't great by any means. The actors ruined the death scenes in my opinion.

Then, the second half of the movie deals with Dr. Carven (Craven anyone?) trying to resolve the mystery of the devil character while a bunch of stupid children enter the mansion only to find the dead bodies of the teens. Then they are chased by the demonic killer until Dr. Carven rescues them. Don't expect ANYTHING, no gore, no violence, nothing! in the second part of the movie. The children survive and deliver atrocious performances. Before they "smartly" return to the mansion, they run to (guess where?!) to the graveyard where the ritual was performed. Oh yeah, but you were singing "que padre, es Halloween!" before", eh kids?. They only return there to be chased by zombies who come out from their graves. It's never explained why the zombies return and chase our kids.

In the ending Dr. Carven gives his life in order to stop the demonic killer and the zombies. He tells one of the dumb children to "burn the book!".

By this point, "Cementerio del Terror" is a Slasher demon possessed zombie flick. Not even El Santo could handle the situations! The ending has the demons and zombies and crap finding their fates as the deadites in Evil Dead. But the ending will shock you! Dr. Carven is possessed and gives us an evil grin. Hugo Stiglitz , God bless you.

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"Welcome to the party."

Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky
13 July 2008

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~Spoiler~

Because I am a zombie aficionado of the 70's and 80's, I simply had to see Cemetery of Terror. It's not as much fun as I had heard, but I've seen worse films. This is actually a Mexican zombie/possessed killer flick that stars Hugo Stiglitz (he of Nightmare City fame). It's basically two, completely different films. The first part involves a psychotic, devil worshiping madman named Devlon. Devlon is shot and killed by the police during a maiming rampage. A trio of tweeny couples looking to party (and to get offed one-by-one) break into Devlon's abandoned house and find his necronomicon. The guys want to scare the girls into the sack so they come up with the brilliant idea of stealing a corpse and reading the book over the body in the middle of the cemetery. And who's corpse do you think they snatch? Devlon's of course. Is this a huge coincidence, or all part of the devil's plan? The group revives Devlon, do a little partying, and then get offed one-by-one. The second part of the film involves a bunch of kids trick or treating on Halloween night who walk into the cemetery and stumble upon Devlon. He chases them around for an eternity and, FINALLY, in the last fifteen minutes zombies arise out of the grave to attack the children. That's all the zombie action there is, and they don't even kill anyone. Poor zombies. And poor me for thinking this was a zombie movie. The only thing that bridges the gaps between the two stories is Hugo Stiglitz. He plays some sort of occult professor who has been tracking Devlon and knows how to stop him. But can he before it's too late???

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Worthwhile Mexican zombie flick

6/10
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England
18 March 2008

This fairly unknown Mexican zombie movie may not be the most original horror film ever to be released, and clearly takes a lot of influence from many successful American movies in the same vein; but in it's own right, this is an extremely fun little romp that I'm sure wont be a disappointment to most people with an inclination to track it down. The plot is halfway between a zombie movie and a psycho slasher flick and focuses on a killer who a professor believes may have come back from the grave. Enter a bunch of kids who decide that it would be a good idea to read from a strange old book and resurrect the dead (to impress some girls, naturally). It's not long before the killer has come back as a zombie - bringing the rest of the cemetery with him and the dead have eating the kids' flesh on their minds. If you've seen more than a handful of zombie flicks, you'll have seen everything included in this film many times before. But that's not to say that Cemetery of Terror is not worth a look. Director Rubén Galindo Jr does an excellent job of creating a thoroughly fetid atmosphere to surround the cemetery at the centre of the film and there's a fair bit of gore included too, most of which is well done. Naturally the acting is nothing to write home about, but everyone approaches their roles with gusto and the film remains entertaining for the duration. Overall, this is not brilliant; but it's a more than worthy Mexican horror entry and I would say that it's worth seeing.

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Cool!!!

8/10
Author: serialslashers from California, USA
13 January 2001

Six medicine students go to a cemetery, soon they decide to steal a body from the morgue, meanwhile a bunch of kids also visit the same cemetery and soon the stolen body is up and killing everyone in gory ways, the female cast is superpretty!!!

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