18 June 2024
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
84 min.
Directed by Lucio Fulci.
With Katherine MacColl, Paolo Malco, Giovanni Frezza, Ania Pieroni, Dagmar Lassander, Giovanni de Nardi.
In many ways, there's no such thing as a bad Lucio Fulci film. It's all relative.

In this one, the Boyle family moves into a house unfortunately still inhabited by the evil Dr. Freudstein who needs human flesh & blood periodically to survive.

As the Boyles begin to experience horrible phenomena in the house, their son Bob is warned by the ghost of Freudstein's daughter. But will they be able to heed the ominous warnings before real terror strikes?

As usual, a rather incomprehensible plotline here. But this cult classic delights with outrageous suspense setups and some enjoyable (and occasionally well done) gore FX.

Notable red highlights include a bloody throat slashing, as well as a nasty knife through the back of the head.

While Cemetery may not rank with his own The Beyond or Zombie, it still emerges as a satisfying romp for either Lucio fans or Italian splatter supporters in general.

Also known as Zombie Hell House.

Italian: Quella villa accanto al cimitero.

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