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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

The House by the Cemetery 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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Uses the same "library" set featured in The Beyond (1981) 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

[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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Muddled and Unconvincing
1 September 2005 | by RathkoSee all my reviews

'Quella villa accanto al scimitar' is a pretty poor movie; more 'My Bloody Valentine' than 'Halloween'. The story, despite the attempts of some to describe it as complex, is simply muddled and ill conceived. The sound quality, and especially the foley work, is appalling. There is no real attempt to generate any level of suspense, merely dull and overdrawn sequences of little consequence stringing together a small handful of gory setpieces. When the gore does come, it is up to the usual Fulci standards, and there's one neck stabbing that is particularly well done, though the lack of arterial spray makes it wholly unconvincing. My primary complaint is with the creature in the basement. The mystery surrounding him, and Fulci's refusal to show us anything but a moldy arm, builds a sense of expectation that the climactic scene fails miserably to satisfy. The 'creature', when finally revealed, is very badly designed, with a completely amateurish make-up that destroys what little credibility the movie has managed to generate.

Many consider this superior Fulci. I'm not one of them. This is a poor film in any language.


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