Director: Dario Argento
Main Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Ania Pieroni,
Storyline: An American college student in Rome and her sister in New York are investigating a series of murders from both locations that might be tied to a coven of witches.
Review (Spoils): Rose is a poet from New York who comes across a book called the The Three Mothers. She learns that there is a coven of witches held by three sisters, one for sorrow, tears and darkness. These witches are spread out through Rome, Freiburg and New York. She contacts her brother Mark who is studying in Rome to look into this as she suspects her building is home to the witch of New York. This leads to the coven interfering with their finds and the killing begins.
This film gives us some scares and some blood. We have stabbings, cat attacks, rat attacks, massive fire and good old coven stalking. The movie is beautiful to watch as the scenes are set just right which Dario is great for. Sure the plot has some holes and bounces a bit but it gets the story across of The Three Mothers which followed after the great Suspiria.
Rating: Looking for a complex film skip this one. If you’re looking for a Dario Argento film that you have not seen before check this out. Does not start with this film start with Suspiria and work your way to this it will make more sense. Great stuff and Dario Argento will always be seen as a legend of horror.
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malcom, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza
Storyline: A couple move from New York to Dr.Freudstein’s house to do research on the late doctor. They learn a terrible secret of the late doctor.
Review (spoils): Dr. Norman Boyle (Paolo Malcom), his wife Lucy (Catriona MacColl) and son Bobby (Giovanni Frezza) move from New York to the great ancient house by the cemetery of Dr.Freudstein. Bobby has been having images in his head not to go and has been communicate by a strange little red headed girl named Mae not to go. Nobody listens to the kid and they move there. Once there strange things happen such as sounds of children crying, insane bat attacks, people dying and the mysterious basement not counting the beautiful but deadly quit babysitter Anne (Ania Pieroni). Through it all they find out that Dr.Freudstein is really not dead so to speak but buried in the basement of the house where he kills to keep living in his undead form.
This film is your typical Lucio Fulci film with lots of camera action to the characters eyes, lots of red blood, gore, throat rips, maggots, bad overdub and good ol’ eye gouging. The Dr.Freudstein monster is great and the sound effects of the children crying for the zombie like creature is an awesome add in.
Downfall of the film is the child character Bobby, man this kid is annoying and the overdub is so bad to the English language. Also the ending just kind of just ends which is too bad because overall this not a horrible film.
Rating: This is a typical Italian horror film but at the same time not as confusing as some of the films done by Lucio Fulci. Sure the acting is not the greatest but these films are more known for the gore and blood then prime acting but it does have Catriona MacColl like the other films. Drink up for the crazy and undead Dr.Freudstein.