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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Old School Grindhouse: The House By The Cemetery


Blood! Gore! And then just for fun, more blood! This weekend I had the pleasure to view an uncut imported version of The House by the Cemetery, old school style, 35mm and everything. Just to up the ante, it was dubbed into English over the original Italian, and for some inexplicable reason had Danish subtitles. Brought to you by the director Lucio Fulci from such famous films as Zombi 2, and er...other films.


Sure the plot makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. And I do mean whatsoever. The Boyle family moves into the old Freudstein mansion, but they didn't count on the undead killer living in their basement. Toss in some nonsense that never gets explained about Dr. Boyle having been to the mansion before, about the old photographs of the house, and of the creepy girl who keeps popping up for no reason, and you have confusion. The only thing that makes it interesting is the copious amounts of—you guessed it—blood. And more blood. The arterial spray alone is worth it, even if the body count isn't very high. Quality over quantity, or something.

So if you like blood, gore, and indecipherable plots, then this film is for you. And while I love bloody, gore-filled films, this was not my favorite. I give it one Severed Thumbs Down.

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