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The House by the Cemetery Blu-ray Review
14 May 2012
Summary: Lucio Fulci 's "Quella villa accanto al cimitero" a.k.a "The House by the Cemetery" (1981) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Films. The supplemental features on this release include an introduction to the film and an exclusive video interview by actor Giovanni Frezza; video interview with actress Catriona MacColl; video interview with special effects artist and director Sergio Stivaletti; video interview with special effects and make up artist...
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.
Excerpt: The Boyle family—father Norman (Paolo Malco, The New York Ripper ), mother Lucy (Catriona MacColl, City of the Living Dead ), and young son Bob (Giovanni Frezza, Warriors of the Wasteland )—are moving from New York to an old house in New England. Norman is a professor who's going to be doing some research, picking up from a colleague who used to live in the house.
Summary: You shouldn't have come. The House by the Cemetery is a derivative snoozer of a Horror movie that could have been better but plays out by the book and masquerades as a Horror movie by inundating the screen with gore rather than thrills and chills. It's one of Director Lucio Fulci's ( Zombie ) lesser pictures to be sure, but as far as hardcore, visceral experiences go, they don't come much more complex, complete, and grotesque as this.
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.