The House by the Cemetery, 1981 Italian supernatural horror

a.k.a. Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original Italian title)

Country: Italy
Director: the unforgettable Lucio Fulci
Horror themes: undead, murder, creatures, blood, body parts, cellar, H.P. Lovecraft, corpses, haunted house, gorefest, mannequins, decapitation, zombie, ghost girl, psychic warning, tombstones, medical experiments, psychotronic, bats

This is REAL HORROR… none of that remake sh%t or teen preppy horror. This is the real deal!! (Source: Quote about The House by the Cemetery from YouTube)

The House by the Cemetery: U.S. trailer for Lucio Fulci’s Lovecraft inspired… (1:50)

Synopsis of The House by the Cemetery

A deranged killer lives in the basement of an old mansion and pops out occasionally to commit grisly murders that include be-headings, ripped throats, and stabbings with a fireplace poker. The killer needs fresh body parts to rejuvenate his cells. He also has maggots for blood.

About The House by the Cemetery

The House by the Cemetery represents the third installment of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell trilogy which also includes City of the Living Dead and The Beyond. Its plot revolves around a series of murders taking place in a New England home – a home which happens to be hiding a particularly gruesome secret within its basement walls. Themes and motifs from popular horror films such as The Shining, The Amityville Horror and Frankenstein are readily on display.

Trivia about The House by the Cemetery

Bob’s voice – the voice of Bob in English is irritating because it has been doubled by a girl and unfortunately also in the Italian version it is the same. That’s because at the time girls doubled little boys (also in the cartoons). Luckily nowadays the voice of kids stays the same. I know that The House by the Cemetery and other Fulci movies are difficult to understand and this is because they have a psychological meaning you have to interpret; also, The House by the Cemetery leaves a lot to the imagination.

The House by the Cemetery:Trailer for the gore classic by Italian splattermaster Lucio… (3:26)

These older psychotronic exploitation horror movies directed by Lucio Fulci are in a class by themselves. The House by the Cemetery
is disquieting as hell, even ominous – but to me this is a different type of creepy/scary than most modern horror movies (e.g., Paranormal Entity, Insidious). Fulci-branded horror is more disturbing and unforgettable than most other horror titles. American horror fans who have not yet ventured into Italian horror have a few surprises waiting for them, that’s for sure.

The highly controversial film art of Lucio Fulci was initially met with disgust by critics and movie industry moguls the world over. Dario Argento and Mario Bava (two other great Italian horror directors) tended to employ a certain amount of artful technique in their films, but – by contrast – Fulci’s direct approach certainly did not skimp on the gore. Even so, the best Lucio Fulci horror titles are not just gorefests; they were not merely gore for the sake of gore… they are so much more. Although this blogger and supernatural horror fan looks down on excessive gore, generally speaking – Fulci gets a pass!

The scariest Lucio Fulci horror movies

In chronological order…

  1. Zombie, 1979 (a.k.a. Zombi 2) – IMDb (Rating: 67)
  2. City of the Living Dead, 1980 – IMDb (Rating: 61)
  3. The Beyond, 1981 (a.k.a. Seven Doors of Death – the U.S. censored version)

Resources: The House by the Cemetery, 1981 Italian horror

Originally written on Saturday, June 25, 2011

Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror, 1981 zombie horror

Zombie Movie, directed by Andrea Bianchi

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Sunday, April 26, 2009
This would have given me a minimum fortnight’s worth of nightmares if I had seen this as a kid. Night of the Living Dead is one thing; this is another. The rising dead in Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror look more like actual rotting corpses might look than any other zombie movie to date, that I can think of. These corpses come complete with maggots, and sure as hell look like they smell bad, too. They are slow and relatively weak as zombies go – especially when compared to newer sub-genre offerings, especially of the virus zombie type – again, more realistic I would have to say.
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In general, Burial Ground zombies have at least part of their skulls showing, with varying amounts of flesh still hanging on. Some of them still have eyes – lifeless, dead eyes – and others only dark, empty sockets.

On the downside, there’s some weak acting; some folks often don’t seem nearly as frightened of the walking dead as they sure as hell should be, and a few of our victims do not seem to defend themselves very staunchly when the corpses finally reach striking distance.
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The grotesque appearance of these corpses is what really sets this movie apart.

Oh, and you’ll just love Michael! OMG.

Basic Plot of Burial Ground – The Nights of Terror

A film of unspeakable explicit horrors, Burial Ground delves deep into the mysteries of bizarre scientific experimentation, creating a tale so gruesomely realistic you have to see it to believe it! What began as a carefree weekend at a stately Scottish mansion turns to a bone-chilling terror when the dead rise, in all their decaying glory, to greet the living. A young mother and her son are invited to spend a weekend on the country estate of a Scottish aristocrat. The house is also occupied by a strange guest, known only as the professor. No one pays much attention to him, but he is the key to the impending horrors. The attacks begin during the night – gruesome and unspeakable acts of terror committed by living corpses. It appears that nothing can stop this madness, as the dead take their place as rulers of the living.