The House by the Cemetery was another film in Lucio Fulci's Lovecraft phase of film making. I wish he had stuck to this genre because he was quite good at it. Just like his other films, these were made on a modest budget and filled with several nasty set pieces. The style this time is unique for Fulci (thanks to tight direction). Bizarre and complex, even some of Fulci's most jaded critics will respect his directing in this one. Filmed in New England (interiors were shot in Italy) and for the first time, Fulci didn't have to borrow too heavily from his contemporaries.
The film is about a couple and young child that move into a creepy house that just happens to be next to a cemetery. Local legend has it that a certain Dr. Freudstein used to live their and he liked to experiment with discovering an "elixir for longevity" (the good doctor looks like a combination of Doctor Satan and The Professor). But one day, the boy starts to see "dead" people and have deep conversations with them. What happens next? That would be too telling but it's worth it.
One of Fulci's best films. I have to highly recommended it.
*** out of **** "The House by the Cemetery" is an exceptional example of a movie so bad that it's actually pretty good; perhaps even great. Under the direction of Lucio "Godfather of Gore" Fulci; it's a film plagued by boring characters, narrative incoherence, a slew of illogical situations, silly dialogue, and fame by way of the Home Video market. Okay, maybe that last one isn't so bad; given it's more of a fate, and not one that all films are lucky enough to meet. In my … more