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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), Lucio Fulci (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:

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Production Co:

Fulvia Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Paolo Malco kept one of of the mechanical bats that was used in the sequence in which a bat bites his hand. See more »

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THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY is a creepy horror film plenty of brutal images and gory events
20 January 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A family formed by Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco), wife (Katriona MacColl, Fulci's ordinary) and son (Frezza) move an old mansion in New England outside Boston close a graveyard . Norman advised by professor Muller (secondary role by Lucio Fulci) has to investigate a scientific named Patterson who committed suicide by hanging and killed his lover. There they hire a mysterious babysitter (Anna Pieroni). Early rare deeds begin to happen to them, as they start hearing noises, rare characters and tragic murders. The picture terminates telling some lines by Henry James : ¨ No one will ever know whether children are monsters or monsters are children ¨.

Chilling Italian terror flick full of screams, chills, thrills and lots of blood and gore. Good make-up and special effects make-up by the maestro Gianetto De Rossi. Produced on a tight budget by Fabrizio De Angelis , Fulci's usual producer and occasionally director. Eerie musical score composed and conducted by Walter Rizzati. The motion picture is realized by one of the most controversial filmmakers of terror movies ,Lucio Fulci in his usual style with flaws and gaps but is professionally made because he is a skilled craftsman . Reviewers are divided over booth the morals and talents of Fulci (1927-1996) who sometimes directed under the alias ¨Louis Fuller¨. For some critics many of his movies are cruel and shockingly violent, yet their gory surface often conceals religious, social commentaries or intelligent issues. Whether he should be viewed as a cheap sensationalist or just a genius Fulci has a loyal fan base and undeniably has an important and unique influence on the terror genre , creating great works on a low budget such as proved in ¨The Beyond¨, ¨Manhattan baby¨, ¨Gates of Hell¨, ¨Island of the living dead¨, ¨New York ripper¨ , among them. This gore-feast that tried to disguised itself under many other titles will appeal to Lucio Fulci aficionados.


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