The House by the Cemetery (1981) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The House by the Cemetery (1981)

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  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Haunted House, Splatter
  • Director:  Lucio Fulci
  • Screenwriter:  Dardano Sacchetti, Elisa Briganti, Giorgio Mariuzzo, H.P. Lovecraft, Lucio Fulci
  • Cast & Crew: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina, Dagmar Lassander, Giovanni De Nava, Daniela Doria, Giampaolo Saccarola, Carlo De Mejo, Kenneth A. Olsen, Elmer Johnsson, Ranieri Ferrara, and Teresa Rossi Passante.

The House by the Cemetery (1981)Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.2/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.8/10.

The House by the Cemetery (1981) Synopsis:

A doctor and his family settle in a strange house in the remote suburbs of Boston. Quickly, they will realize that something is wrong with the house itself.

The House by the Cemetery (1981) Review:

This haunted house/monster movie is one of the great movies from Lucio Fulci. Less known than Zombie or The Beyond, it is nevertheless in the exact same trend: mysterious and ultra-gory.

The story is intriguing at first but gets a little repetitive as the movie goes. But even if the plot disappoints, the film largely compensates in terms of action and horror.

The acting performance from the quiet nanny is remarkable, but the poor doubling of some of the characters, such as their children, just does not sound right and really distract from the action. In particular, the English voice for the little boy is outrageously irritating and I strongly advise to watch the film in Italian to avoid this major turn off.

The soundtrack and the sound effects are ok, but not as good as in Fulci’s other hits, probably because this one of the only Fulci’s films whose music was not composed by Fabio Frizzi.

Overall this a great Fulci movie, with an even greater ending. Definitely not his best, but one that Fulci lovers, and Italian gore fans, will be delighted to discover or re-discover.

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