Reviews and Problems with The House By The Cemetery
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Movie overall 7
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
14 May 2012
Conclusion: It is very clear that Arrow Films did everything they could to make this Blu-ray release the definitive release of Lucio Fulci's The Last House by the Cemetery . The supplemental features are simply outstanding and a good enough reason to strongly recommend the release. I particularly enjoyed the new video interview and audio commentary with Catriona MacColl as they offer a wealth of fascinating information about the strange world of director Lucio Fulci as well as the...
Excerpt: A family has moved from the hustle & bustle of New York to the more relaxed setting of New England, but as they soon discover, their new home isn’t as peaceful as they might think. The new house is a lush one and has spacious surroundings, but it has a troubled past, as the previous owner was the nefarious Dr. Freudstein. The basement of the home was a lab of sorts, where Freudstein would conduct strange experiments, usually involving humans.
Conclusion: The House by the Cemetery isn't kin to the modern "torture porn" sort of movie, but it shares with that subset one undeniable truth: they both relish the visual atrocities committed in them well ahead of story and characterization. The plot of The House by the Cemetery does enjoy a fundamentally sound story based in something of a supernatural world, and while it's explored, it's not resolved to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion; it seems as if there are many factors...
Conclusion: 'The House by the Cemetery' is a gruesome, occasionally tense, but mostly nonsensical and unoriginal work of Italian horror. Though gory and sporadically entertaining, there just isn't enough creativity to outweigh the laughable plot and thin characterizations. Despite some technical issues, video quality is solid, and though unremarkable, audio gets the job done just fine. Supplements are informative and provide a welcome retrospective look at the film.