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The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title)
Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Elisa Briganti (story) (as Elisa Livia Briganti), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
Dagmar Lassander ... Laura Gittleson
Giovanni De Nava ... Dr. Freudstein
Daniela Doria ... First Female Victim
Giampaolo Saccarola Giampaolo Saccarola ... Daniel Douglas (as Gianpaolo Saccarola)
Carlo De Mejo ... Mr. Wheatley
Kenneth A. Olsen Kenneth A. Olsen ... Harold (as John Olson)
Elmer Johnsson Elmer Johnsson ... Cemetery Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara Ranieri Ferrara ... Victim
Teresa Rossi Passante Teresa Rossi Passante ... Mary Freudstein
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

BEWARE THE DEMON FORCES OF THE...BLOOD BEASTS See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie Hell House See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fulvia Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film's original shooting title was "Freudstein". 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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The Anchor Bay DVD contains a deleted scene (as a hidden feature) which takes place right after the bat attack scene. The camera slowly zooms out from the dead bat while everyone stands around in shock. Lucy then says "Take me away from here, I can't stand it anymore!" This deleted scene can also be seen during the international trailer contained on the DVD. See more »

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Middle-of-the-road Fulci
14 December 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

In some ways, you get a sense Fulci was trying hard to make this more "respectable" than some of his other movies. The camerawork is careful, creating atmosphere as well as a sense of polish. The makeup and gore effects (except for the ridiculous bat scene) are also well-crafted, and the Dr. Freudstein character is fairly creepy to see. Also, there are fewer splatter scenes, and they come more out of the story than any gratuitous attempts to add gore. However, the story (which has shades of THE SHINING) is pretty slow-moving, so after a while you wish Fulci *would* throw in some gratuitous splatter! And like many of Fulci's other movies, a lot of things are simply not explained. (I will admit I got a good laugh at the sudden burst of "explanation" by one character at the end, which comes out of nowhere!) Quite frankly, viewers who have heard about Fulci but not seen any of his other movies will be wondering at the end of the movie why he's received so much fuss. So only for Fulci fans, or people with more than a passing interest in Italian horror movies.


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