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The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

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Lucy Boyle (as Katherine MacColl)
Paolo Malco ...
Dr. Norman Boyle
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Ann, the Babysitter
Giovanni Frezza ...
Bob Boyle
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Mae Freudstein
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Laura Gittleson
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Dr. Freudstein
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First Female Victim
Gianpaolo Saccarola ...
Daniel Douglas
Carlo De Mejo ...
Mr. Wheatley
Kenneth A. Olsen ...
Harold (as John Olson)
Elmer Johnsson ...
Cemetery Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara ...
Victim
Teresa Rossi Passante ...
Mary Freudstein
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Storyline

In New York, Dr. Norman Boyle assumes the research about Dr. Freudstein of his colleague Dr. Petersen, who committed suicide after killing his mistress. Norman heads to Boston with his wife Lucy Boyle and their son Bob to live in an isolated house in the woods that belonged to Dr. Petersen. Bob befriends the girl Mae that only he can see and she warns him to leave the house. Soon his parents hire the mysterious babysitter Ann and creepy things happen in the house, When Bobby goes to the basement, his parents discover the secret of the house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

The film's original shooting title was "Freudstein". See more »

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When Laura Gittleson, the real estate agent, is killed by Dr Freudstein, we see her body lying on the floor with her eyes closed and her mouth open. A few moments later, Freudstein drags her into the basement and her eyes are now open, but her mouth is closed. When she is hanging in the basement near the end of the film, her eyes and mouth are both open. See more »

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[last lines]
Mary Freudstein: Mae, time to go home and remember your manners. Now that Bob is staying with us, be sure to treat him like a Freudstein. For other guests are surely destined to drop in.
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Middle-of-the-road Fulci
14 December 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

In some ways, you get a sense Fulci was trying hard to make this more "respectable" than some of his other movies. The camerawork is careful, creating atmosphere as well as a sense of polish. The makeup and gore effects (except for the ridiculous bat scene) are also well-crafted, and the Dr. Freudstein character is fairly creepy to see. Also, there are fewer splatter scenes, and they come more out of the story than any gratuitous attempts to add gore. However, the story (which has shades of THE SHINING) is pretty slow-moving, so after a while you wish Fulci *would* throw in some gratuitous splatter! And like many of Fulci's other movies, a lot of things are simply not explained. (I will admit I got a good laugh at the sudden burst of "explanation" by one character at the end, which comes out of nowhere!) Quite frankly, viewers who have heard about Fulci but not seen any of his other movies will be wondering at the end of the movie why he's received so much fuss. So only for Fulci fans, or people with more than a passing interest in Italian horror movies.


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