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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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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Fishing line can be seen attached to the bat that attacks Lucy in the cellar. Also, when Norman stabs the bat with a pair of scissors, blood comes out of the bat in places other than where the scissors penetrated it. See more »

Quotes

Bob Boyle: Ann? Mommy says you're not dead. Is that true?
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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 film has had a huge history of BBFC problems over the years. The original cinema version was heavily cut with edits to the poker murder and the slashing of Ann's throat, and this print was later released on video prior to the Video Recordings Act and subsequently banned as a video nasty. The film was made officially available in 1988 though the print had been pre-edited by 34 secs (removing the cinema cuts) and then additionally cut by 4 mins 11 secs with further cuts to the opening stabbing, the bat attack, Norman's throat being torn out by Freudstein, and tracking shots of mutilated bodies in the basement. The film was again released in 1992 though this print had been heavily pre-cut by the distributors and removed 7 mins 27 secs of footage, thus rendering much of the film unintelligible. The 2001 Vipco DVD issue restored nearly all of the film's prior edits but was cut by 33 secs by the BBFC with lesser edits made to the poker murder and a throat cutting. Although willing to release the movie uncut the film had recently been prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act following the discovery of bootleg copies of the uncut version, leaving the BBFC no choice but to cut the film. All the cuts were finally waived for the 2009 Arrow DVD. See more »

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Below average Fulci. For fans only.
27 April 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I can't claim to be kind of Fulci expert, having only seen four of his movies to date, but that's probably four more than your average 'Scream' or 'Jeepers Creepers' fan so I feel entitled to having an opinion. 'House By The Cemetery' isn't Fulci at his best. All his bad points are on display here, and few of his good ones. 'House...' in no way reaches the heights of Fulci's outstanding 'The Beyond'. In fact it doesn't even make it as far as his flawed but hugely enjoyable 'City Of The Living Dead'. Apart from a handful of outstanding gore scenes I found very little to offer here. Argento's movies are uneven and sometimes frustrating, but even his weakest movies are at least interesting. Fulci's weakest aren't. They are just dull. I found watching 'House By The Cemetery' to be a bit of a chore to be honest, and that's always a bad sign with horror movies. For rabid Fulci fans only. Otherwise check out 'The Beyond', then (the uncut) 'Zombi 2' for his best work.


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