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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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BEWARE THE DEMON FORCES OF THE...BLOOD BEASTS See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Silvia Collatina, who plays Mae Freudstein, also was the hands of Dr. Freudstein. See more »

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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 »

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Bob Boyle: Ann? Mommy says you're not dead. Is that true?
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For its American release, all scenes that featured Norman and Lucy Boyles arguing or showing any signs of marital tension were cut from the film. These edits were done because the distributors of the film felt that the marital tension subplot would alienate viewers and were removed to make the film more of a traditional "Family Moves Into A Haunted House" style movie. See more »

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The Secret of the Basement
21 April 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco) 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 (Katherine MacColl) and their son Bobby (Giovanni Frezza) to live in an isolated house in the woods that belonged to Dr. Petersen. Bob befriends the girl Mae (Silvia Collatina) that only he can see and she warns him to leave the house. Soon his parents hire the mysterious babysitter Ann (Ania Pieroni) and creepy things happen in the house, When Bobby goes to the basement, his parents discover the secret of the house.

"Quella villa accanto al cimitero", a.k.a. "The House by the Cemetery", is a sinister horror movie by Lucio Fulci. The screenplay is confused with poor development of the characters, but the supernatural atmosphere is creepy and the camera-work is great. The metaphoric conclusion, with the soul of Bob following Mae and her mother, is excellent. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Casa do Cemitério" ("The House by the Cemetery")

Note: On 23 March 2016, I saw this movie again on DVD with the original language (Italian) and subtitles in Portuguese.


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