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4.0 out of 5 stars SCHLOCK HORROR!, 26 Aug. 2010
Duluoz Lautrec (Dewsbury, Yorkshire.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lucio Fulci's - The House By The Cemetery (DVD)
This is one of those films where, given a choice, everybody makes the wrong decision and you find yourself asking why they're doing what they're doing or your shouting at them not to do what they're bound to do.
For example, the babysitter's decapitated head rolls down the cellar steps, you or I would probably lock the door and call the police but instead, the main character takes her kid down with a toy torch even though it's as black as the ace of spades at the foot of the stairs.
Even though there are moments of unintentional comedy, the bat scene is worth looking out for, this is a good, creepy film and better than the likes of 'The Exorcist' which has aged like an old turnip. The only down side is the young lads voice has been dubbed by what sounds like a middle aged woman and that might work for the likes of Bart Simpson but it doesn't work on a horror film.
An enjoyable tale whose moral is that, if there's ann oddball in your cellar, kill him and kill him again, just to make sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The House That Drank Blood, 10 Dec. 2009
Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lucio Fulci's - The House By The Cemetery (DVD)

When an acquaintance of his, a Dr Peterson, commits suicide, Dr Norman Boyle(Paolo Malco) travels to Boston to continue his work. Accompanying him are his nervous wife Lucy(Fulci regular Katherine/Catriona Macoll) and his young son Bob. Bob keeps seeing a young girl called Mae, who warns him about the house they will be staying in, the Freudstein house. Nobody else meets Mae, so Bob's parents ignore his warnings. Soon they might have wished they had listened to their son, as strange things start to happen in the Freudstein house. What are the motivations of the strange babysitter Ann? Are the noises Lucy hears in the walls of the house real or imaginary and what evil lurks in the boarded up cellar?
This is probably Fulci's most satisfying horror film taken as a whole. Part of the 'Gates Of Hell' triology(or Quadralogy if you include Zombi 2), it is a very successful marriage of 'old dark house' mystery and blood and gore. It's dripping with atmosphere, visually stunning and is full of great performances. If young Bob appears whiny at times, well thats the fault of some awful dubbing, not the character himself, who is pivotal to the whole story. There is also the hideous Dr Freudstein, a living dead dessicated corpse who desires the flesh and blood of the living. A great, monsterous creation of Fulci's. There is also a terrific music score to round things off.
A word of warning about this DVD release. I bought it because it claimed to be fully uncut with a runtime of 90 mins. Well, it actually runs for just under 83 mins, and while the picture and sound quality are excellent, the incongriuities in the running times made me feel slightly cheated. I think sometimes you do get what you pay for. Anyway, my rating is 5 out of 5 for the brilliant film.
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