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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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Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although most of the dialogue was done in English (the two children's dialogue is in Italian), the movie was nonetheless dubbed in post-production. See more »

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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

[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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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 »

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The Best Fulci By Far
29 December 2002 | by mag62usSee all my reviews

"The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)" is, by far, the best of Fucli's horror film. Any fan of Maestro Fulci's work, or of the horror genre in general must try to see this film.

Film fans who are familiar with Fulci's visual techniques and atmospheric elements will not be disappointed, as that "The House By The Cemetery" has all of the familiar elements (maggots, a zombi, foreboding omens galore), but the real difference here is in the film's perspective. The story is seen from a child's point of view, or at least is centered around a child's view. This is what makes this film such an excellent horror study. The most extreme horrors, the most fantastic fears, are allthemore real as viewed from a child's world. The classic fears of childhood are relentlessly forced upon the viewer.

When I first saw this film, in the cinema upon it's release, the film began before a packed crowd. By the end of the film, all but a few people had left, horrified or disgusted. The concession boy commented, as I was leaving the cinema, that he had not seen the film, but wondered what could be forcing that reaction. In every showing, he told me, audiences seemed to leave, shaken, before the climax of the film.

I merely smiled and said, "It is a very scary movie."


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