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The House by the Cemetery

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

(spoiler-free movie review)


Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery is a meandering haunted house movie that lacks in story but excels in atmosphere. The house is the true star of the movie. It’s large, foreboding, dilapidated and covered in cobwebs. In other words, the perfect setting for a horror movie.

Dagmar Lassander as Laura Gittleson in The House by the Cemetery.

For fans of gore, like myself, there’s plenty to love. The practical effects are bloody, visceral and well-crafted by Giannetto De Rossi. There’s all the Fulci hallmarks present in the film, prepare yourself for lots of eye zooms and establishing shots!

The creepy children, in particular Bob(Giovanni Frezza), are obnoxious and poorly dubbed. However, both of the parents(Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco) give strong performances.

– Child actor Giovanni Frezza as Bob in The House by the Cemetery.

The synthesizer score by Walter Rizzati is a treat and punctuates the movie perfectly. The sound design was good although the Foley work, in particular footsteps, could have been improved. As the actors traversed the hard wood floors, within the house, the loud sound of their footsteps was distracting.

For fans of horror, The House by the Cemetery is a solid recommendation. The quirky directing style and visual presentation may be off-putting to some. For me, it’s those very qualities that make it such an enjoyable film to experience.

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

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