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The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)1981

The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero) (1981)




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This cult horror film from director Lucio Fulci lurches along with a certain amount of disjunction due to cutting, perhaps, if not to an innate Fulci disposition. When the Boyle family temporarily moves into a mansion near Boston so the father can do some research, the son Bob (Giovanni Frezza) starts seeing the ghost of a young girl motioning to him, and eventually he discovers the basement's terrible secret. A certain Dr. Freudstein (Giovanni de Nari) has been hanging out there since 1879 when he was banned from the medical profession, and he has kept himself alive although in miserable physical shape, by murdering the various inhabitants of the house and using their cells to keep his body going. An oversize bat attacks the father, floors come apart and crush unsuspecting victims, and at one point little Bob's blond head is held to the basement door by the evil doctor while the father is wildly swinging his axe through the door to save his son. Scenes like these and others are the real objective of the movie -- the strange and irresolute ending, and leaps and gaps in the plot, are indications that all else is dispensible pretext - gore is the goal and it is delivered in sickening doses.

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Paolo Malco
as Dr. Norman Boyle
Anna Pieroni
as Ann, the babysitter
Giovanni Frezza
as Bob Boyle
Dagmar Lassander
as Mrs. Gittelson
Giovanni de Nari
as Dr. Freudstein
Catriona MacColl
as Lucy Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)

All Critics (11)

The House by the Cemetery is a truly unsettling experience whose different parts never quite add up to a coherent whole, and linger in the darkest passageways of the mind.

April 6, 2020 | Full Review…

I had a blast with this horror classic even if it is highly evocative of other isolated scary house movies.

April 1, 2020 | Full Review…

the violence inflicted on the various characters throughout the film (which includes gouging, stabbing, throat ripping, dismemberment, and decapitation) is nothing compared to the violence that Fulci inflicts on storytelling and logic

February 10, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

What's not to love about film that has a haunted house, a mad scientist, a cemetery, flesh-eating cellar-dwelling zombies, an evil imaginary friend, a clueless cavalcade of victims, gore galore, AND an over-the-top vampire bat-bite?

October 25, 2011 | Full Review…

Wonder after grimy wonder

February 12, 2010 | Full Review…

Typical borderline incoherent Fulci rubbish.

September 27, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)


A family moves into a home with a creature in the basement who pops out every now and then to kill someone. Silly gore, atrocious dubbing, mediocre scares.

Greg S
Greg S

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Another terrifying Italian shocker from the legendary Lucio Fulci. A family move into a creepy old house and are unaware that living in the cellar is the flesh-eating zombie of a 19th Century surgeon. The little boy is soon a friend with the ghost of the late doctors daughter who warns them to stay away but to little effect. The creature gruesomely kills and dismembers a variety of Estate Agents, Copulating teenagers and Babysitters leading to a terrifying finale in the corpse-strewn cellar. The Lucio Fulci trademark of graphic gore is abundant as ever but it is the atmosphere that makes this movie stand out. Bumps in the night and the ominous crying of children coming from the cellar are just some of the factors that assault and disturb the viewer. This is a truly amazing movie that relies on shock and terror rather than revulsion. The gore just adds to what is already a truly chilling little tale of cannibalism and depravity that will linger in the mind long after you've forgotten about the illogical plot and poor dubbing. One of Fulci's best films. Deserves its cult reputation.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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ルシオのフルチ- 1927年6月17日 - 1996年3月13日 ようこそルシオフルチやイタリア宮崎の世界に、彼は間違いなく宮崎駿が以前に比べ優れていると、彼は常に死の後までになります。彼はまだ映画史上最大のホラー監督として生き続けています。彼の映画は、今日の撮影の標準とは異なり単にホラー映画であり、彼の映画は、常にそれに精神を持っているでしょう。 博士Freudsteinは、古い家の地下室に住んでいる150歳の怪物や人間のような生き物であり、彼は地下室の壁に彼の犠牲者の遺体を続けている。彼の犠牲者に恐ろしい実験を予備成形後、もちろん、彼は脳手術の大ファンと思われる。物事は、この大きな古い家に、家族の動きが滞在することに順番を取る。 Freudsteinはもう存在を望んでいないまで日間に奇妙なことが起こる。 物語は85%:とフルチの最高の一つは、それが映画を作ることだけそれに素晴らしい要素と怖いです。これは、道徳的にフランケンシュタインの小売業だが、これは任意のフランケンシュタイン映画これまで以上にされた方です! 演技の65%は:それは映画をイタリアのキャストが英語から弱点を逸したダビングが、大丈夫がある行を考えられている、時には映画を殺すの種類を演技で。しかし、この負を克服するのに十分なホラーの要素があります。 文字の80%は:今私はしばらくの間、これを見て待っていると、私はついになかった博士Freudsteinはすごいです! XDさん。彼は、医療訴訟で、この150年の歴史外科医であり、彼は生きている人々で動作し、彼はほとんどの時間は、ムービーを考えた彼の犠牲者の身体の部分を身に着けている。それ以外は大丈夫です。 特殊効果の90%は:あるアウトと日付より見ることができたが、これは80だった。私はそれがいずれかのフィルムを考え強要するのに十分な恐ろしい脳手術シーンがあると思います。 フルチの映画のすべての素晴らしい音楽、怖いのたわごとシーンのように:他のすべての100%。素晴らしい照明と不気味な影のエフェクト。それは完璧です。それは墓場、地下室、恐ろしい他に何がされ、墓地はだ、家を持って? 私はもうそれだけでホラー映画にぴったりだと言うする必要があります。 恵子さんのスコア90から100

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Keiko Aya

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