The House by the Cemetery (1981) - Horror

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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco
Length: 86 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 55 out of 162 found boring (33.95%)

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Despite its flaws, it is still very entertaining; its just puzzling how he can be so good and so horrible time and time again.

The tension was unbearable!

The trademark Fulci gore is effective and is worth waiting for, and there are one or two nice edge-of-the-seat scenes but, suffering from an annoying performance from a 'cute' blonde brat (who makes Angelina Jolie look thin-lipped), a slow first 45 minutes and an ending that makes no sense whatsoever, The House By The Cemetery is certainly not one of the director's best efforts.

One basic problem is the movie is slow, sometimes acting is weak.

This film has a couple of this things but is boring.

Nothing seems to make sense, and the ending is just confusing!


But you aren't going to know about it, because you'll be sound asleep clutching your teddy bear and dreaming about how you could have spiced up this dull effort.

Totally predictable ending with the killer suffering for a severe loss of either blood or what looks like maggots, that somehow kept him going, from a fatal gash, by Prof. Boyle, to his midsection.

Other than that, there is very little body count contained in the film and one death scene is just plain confusing which involves a woman getting dragged down a set of stairs by her feet, hitting every step on the way down with her head!

In my opinion , this is Slow...

I thought this was an enjoyable movie from Fulci pretty low on the gore part if you want to compare it to City of the Living Dead.

After plundering the Gates of Hell in not one but two consecutive films, Lucio Fulci went back to basics with "House by the Cemetery," a tale that apes "The Shining" only on the most superficial level, and tells a story that--despite some ambiguity and confusing plot points--is relatively linear.

There is no real attempt to generate any level of suspense, merely dull and overdrawn sequences of little consequence stringing together a small handful of gory setpieces.

***SPOILER ALERT*** Very confusing horror movie that has to do with the suicide of the late Professor Steve Patterson.

Instead, he's a boringly studious type who spends all of his time hanging out in the library instead of with his wife and child.


The candidate for worst movie ever made is Manos, the Hands of Fate.

I found there were things here that were really fascinating and I think it's a film I'll probably watch again at some point.

House by the Cemetery had an interesting story going in, but it is spoiled by a ridiculously slow-moving killer with a penchant for killing stupid victims who seem to share an uncommon characteristic of standing (or lying) still while the killer repeatedly slashes or stabs them.

And, like most Fulci horror films, it has its good and its bad, and ends up somewhere in the middle, a very entertaining disappointment.

) All of which are very good (Except for the very dull Chiller.

This second theme is very beautiful and sensitive and hypnotise you when you watch the little boy´s intense blue eyes.

Whether or not I would have been impressed if I would have seen this film at age 11--or when the film was new--I can't decide, but compared to other films of that decade it's boring at best and by today standards it just sunk to bottom of the crap-pool.

Then there is the bat attack that prompts the couple to want to leave, but the realty agent gets killed before she can meet them and they seem to forget they want to leave and then the father learns everything about the house by listening to a tape that doesn't really explain everything and by visiting a cemetery.

The ending was actually quite intense with the evil maniac wiping out the little boy's parents, before setting his sights on the boy.

This is the slowest of the lot.

The House by the Cemetery is a droll, ugly and somewhat tedious exercise in schlock thrills and easy scares; a deeply unpleasant experience made by a man riffing on too many horror films and peppering his film with so much content inclined towards just delivering on a basic level of generic demand, that it's tough to take seriously.

Now for the first act of the movie nothing much happens as there is no character development for this family, for the most part its just a bunch of boring dialog.

A boring film .

The plot is disjointed and surreal, with many unanswered questions; while the performances can get tiresome.

The director seems to have more success with children than adults for while there are certain qualities lacking in the grown-ups the children are stunning.

Fulci, with a really questionable ethic on what constitutes as a moving and engaging film-going experience, has unleashed an experiment barely 85 minutes in length and additionally pent up with that of the gruesome and of the grotesque.

I know that the attraction of these horror films is more the visual style and gore effects but this film bored me to tears.

The first time I watched "House By The Cemetery" was with my boyfriend, at first I was skeptical but I really enjoyed it.

Not Fulci's best, but still moderately enjoyable .

I actually found the majority of the film to be downright boring in regards to execution and sadly not much happens to keep you interested.

Some of the "going down into the basement" scenes are kind of suspenseful...

The payoff, however, comes only in the finale of the film, which otherwise is slow and difficult to get through.

The House By The Cemetery is a rather dull offering from Italian gore-meister Lucio Fulci, the man who gave us such bloody treats as The Beyond, City Of The Living Dead and Zombi 2.

Having said that, the beginning and the end are interesting, but the rest is ruined by the little boy, who should have been first to die, and the lack of plot.

Their is plenty of creepy atmosphere, a couple of decent jump-scares, and enough action to keep the movie well paced and reasonably entertaining.

The killer is scary and usually makes the scenes suspenseful.

Fulci started too many erratic sub-plots without ever bothering to follow them up, which left viewers scratching their heads in confusion.

The ending is very intense and creepy as hell.

Some of the effects are very well done, but the protagonists are pretty bland (and really dumb).

waste of time .

There are bits and pieces of suspense to detect, some characters (like Ann, the babysitter) are really fascinating and most slaughtering is terrifically shot (like the `knife-in-the-back-of-the-head' sequence) .

it was boring and annyoing.

Either way, the movie is so boring you won't care.

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!

Actually quite dreary, devoid of suspense and atmosphere.

Overall if your looking for gore this is a film you have to see, but the slightly confused plot and slow first half stop this from being a true classic.

Although not without its moments, HOUSE is let down by a very slow pacing which is unlike Fulci in his prime, and the usual problems with cheap Italian movies: bad dubbing, acting, and editing.

Typical and pointless plot.

Personally, I love this film, but it's a slow wind-up.

Even when he's obviously just going for Cheap Thrills, he seems to have something to say, but as the scripts are usually not that well articulated in the early 80s films at least, you get the feeling you are right on the edge of it, trying to find it.

There's no coherence, plenty of unexplained moments, terrible dialogs, and tends to get a little tedious.

Catriona MacColl ("The Beyond") and the guy who played the vice president in "Escape From The Bronx" play Bob's parents, and their characters are stupid and bland, respectively.

I have seen this film several times and either I get bored with the movie real quick or I pay close attention to the story.

First of all this movie is crazy boring.

Dreary, devoid of suspense and atmosphere .

There is virtually no buildup of tension, the music is boring and the dubbing of the kid is annoying.


You get so bored waiting for the actual stabbing that by the time it happens, you just don't care anymore.

Fulci never seemed to be conscious of the laughable shortcomings of his films, like the killer's annoying voice and motivation in New York Ripper, his plodding pacing, the fake-as-can-be spider attack in The Beyond, and other dime store fx, as well as his thin to non-existent plotting.

First of all, the story is uninteresting and nothing special (like basically nearly every Italian horror movie), the acting was average and the photography was only good at some small parts (the eye zoom, also used in MB).

The death scenes are very elaborate and gruesome we get a knife through the head, a head getting chopped off, throat getting ripped all of which I loved, every time the cellar door opened, you just knew something bad was gonna happen, which was very intense.

The film ends with the usual Fulci ambiguousness and a forged statement from Henry James which is pointless and reminded me of the quote at the end of Burial Ground.

This a boring film with the typical argument that i really don't care if it has some great murders and a couple of good chicks and some macabre scenes.

However, despite this; the film is rather slow to build up, in fact, after the initial gory opener; the film doesn't really get going again for about an hour, and although once it does getting going it is pretty good, during the build up to it, it's not so good.

Directed by the late Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, Zombie) made an interesting but lifeless and confusing horror film with an supernatural theme.

He sounds, at best, like a sniveling toddler, even in the most banal scenes.

The interiors of the Freudstein house from the past are stunning.

The scene I dislike is when the mother and his son try to escape from a sure dead if Freudstein would catch them, going to the stairs under the living-room´s grave instead of climb the ones that lead to the kitchen, mostly because the door was destroyed and Freudstein very slow.

), one melty faced zombie fellow, and one of the slowest-paced climaxes ever filmed.

But, if you want more than lots of fake blood and gore, you too will feel bored by the whole thing.

But as soon as you ask questions, it gets confusing.

The interiors of the Freudstein house from the past are stunning.

Fabio Frizzi's absence is sorely felt as despite The Beyond being quite dull, his score lifted things quite a bit.

Boring .

There was no story line, just a poorly conceived concept the dubbing or voice sinc was atrocious.

This movie is enjoyable for its atmosphere and nightmarish sequences and frankly...

That said, I have to admit that the gore is about the only thing worth watching for in this overlong movie.

The gore provided may be the only attribute he can give us because the family is not interesting, the acting is bland and limited, the incoherency runs rampant as Fulci uses all kinds of oddball sub-plots to try and connect his abilities to splatter the screen.

Not much gore, and the blood was unrealistic, but in general, the film was enjoyable.

What was the deal with all of the close ups of the characters eyes, trying to communicate with each other, it was done a lot but never given a clear purpose, just confusion.

Enjoyable Italian Schlock Fest .


It needed a more subtle and perhaps also more visual orientated approach, that could had made the movie so much more compelling to watch.

This old horror movie is very slow.

What a yawn!

Somehow I found the swirl of confusion, extreme gore, cold distant unfleshed out characters, and eyeball closeup shots to create a unexplainable creepy vibe, which I'm sure was by accident and not due to the planned technical skill of the director.

To actually watch the flic let alone think about it is a complete waste of time.

I honestly don't get other reviewers who call this tripe a 'masterpiece',it is indeed one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Most of the time is wasted on back drop information that leads up to a banal climax.

The main problem is that by the time anything interesting DID happen, I was already bored with the film.

There's also a number of characters in the film that seem to come out of nowhere and only confuse an already very confusing horror story.

The material has little progression and can be baffling in the motivations, but still I found it to be intriguing.

They are just dull.

I think that's where this movie went wrong; it had a bunch of really good, yet pointless, plot setups and no real follow through.

Boring, some funny moments and OK ending .

Don't waste your time.

But for the rest of us, it's a total waste of time.

With this film, he falls into repetitive ideas and he shamelessly adds all the typical ‘haunted houses'-clichés.

The acting is decent, with ultra sexy Ania Pieroni as Ann the babysitter, Dagmar Lassander as Laura Gittleson the real estate agent, Silvia Collatina as Bob's intriguing new young acquaintance Mae, Fulci himself (uncredited) as Prof. Muller, and Giovanni De Nava as Freudstein.

I would definitely say that is his most intense film.

It starts out pretty good, with the gut-vomiting chick from "Gates of Hell" getting a knife in the back of the head, but from there it's kind of plodding.

The score was usual boring Synthesizer-horror-music, with the exception of "I Remember".

boring and gory .

), but if you don't show the "good stuff", then the plot, acting, and storyline in general better be pretty top-notch, or at least entertaining.

But, in other scenes it is laughably bad (though entertaining) like- the attack by the Uber-bat, and when the Nanny is mopping up gore, the wife seeing this, asks what she's doing, the Nanny's reply, `I made coffee', and then the wife just moves on, ignoring the weird response and the mess on the floor.

But don't waste your time on this dud.

Standing alone, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY is still an enjoyable film, nice and mysterious with a plentiful smattering of gore, but compared to his earlier works it appears as a confused, sometimes boring mess.

But it makes little sense, the dubbing is poor, it is full of basic amateur technical mistakes (kid screaming down in the basement, parents hear it outside the basement door at exactly the same volume), and is fairly tedious.

The acting is pretty mediocre with MacColl looking bored.

Fulci make a great final but still is a boring film

Maybe the worst movie I have ever seen.

Perhaps due to the majority of the English voice cast's failure to give any kind of credible performances, the movie becomes pretty slow and long-winded in places.

Slow 'n' unsettling horror from beyond the basement.