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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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Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Uses the same "library" set featured in The Beyond (1981) See more »

Goofs

When 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, Freudstein drags her into the basement and her eyes are now open, but her mouth is closed. When she is hanging in the basement near the end of the film, her eyes and mouth are both open. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

In the end credits: "no one will ever know whether children are monsters or monsters are children." - Henry James See more »

Alternate Versions

The version on the Anchor Bay DVD also includes additional footage with Giovanni Frezza in the cellar, there are almost 20 seconds extra shots of his eyes and face plus the glowing eyes of the monster he sees. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pieces (1982) See more »

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My favourite Fulci film
15 July 1999 | by Ade-16See all my reviews

Out of the horror films by Fulci which I own (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and this one), this is definitely my favourite. As well as containing the most gore (I'm lucky to have an uncut version) it is also the most scary. There are plenty of moments which will make you jump and the overall images projected from the camera panning of the house in question adds to this, creating a tense and terrifying atmosphere. The murders are spot-on with plenty of blood and great effects which again add to the overall tension in the film. The storyline, though fairly thin, keeps things moving along at a quick pace to the abrupt ending which is typical of Fulci's other work. Overall, I make a point of watching this film regularly (with lights off!) as I think it is just a great horror flick. If you're a horror fan, see this! My score: 8/10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie Hell House See more »

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Production Co:

Fulvia Film See more »
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Mono | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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