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The House by the Cemetery (1981)

The House by the Cemetery (1981)

Country: Italy

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.

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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.

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6/10 Beers!

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City of the Living Dead (1980)

City of the Living Dead (1980)

Country:  Italy

Director: Lucio Fulci

Stars:  Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Fabrizio Jovine

Storyline: A priest hangs himself and it opens the gates to hell. The dead start walk upon the earth.

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Review (spoils): A priest (Fabrizio Jovine) hangs himself and for some reason this opens the gates to hell. This leads to a reporter Peter (Christopher George) and a psychic Mary (Catriona MacColl) to figure the mystery and destroy the now evil priest that is helping raise the dead upon the earth before All Saints Day.  Yes it is a weak storyline but it is Lucio Fulci and he is not known for strong story but massive freaky gore and that he does deliver in this film. This film has lots of bleeding eyes, a woman who barfs out her innards (classic scene), drill bit through the head, worms, sky of maggots, walking flesh eating zombies and lots of brain ripping out of the head. This Lucio Fulci film aims to please the gore hounds. Seeing this part of the Lucio Fulci “Gates of Hell” trilogy you can really see the overlap of this film and The Beyond.

Rating: Not as great as The Beyond but it still holds its own. This film is not for every horror fan you actually have to enjoy the Italian horror era to get it. Which means crazy storylines but all out gore. God I love Lucio Fulci. Drink up!

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6/10 Beers!

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The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond (1981)

Country: Italy

Director:  Lucio Fulci

Main Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale

Storyline:  A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana what she did not know is the cellar is sitting on top of one of the seven gateways to Hell.

 

 

 

 

 

Review (Spoils):  We have the very talented and beautiful blonde and green eyed Liza (Catriona MacColl) who has had many jobs but her uncle left her an old hotel in his estate to her. She takes the time to get the old house fixed up to standards so that she can open it for business. One of her more main concerns is the cellar as it is leaking water (leaking is an understatement it is like a god damn sewer).  One by one accidents start happening and the dead start to come back to haunt the house and the people involved around it.  Bring on the zombies!

Take what you see with a grain of salt with this film; remember it is the power of Hell.Some of the scenes might not make total sense such as the acid spills on the mother when she falls or the tarantula scene. Outside of the wackiness of the film it is over the top on the gore factor and it is a classic Italian film.  We have dog attacks, spiders eating tongues, lots of eyeballs being popped, blood everywhere and even a few acid melting flesh scenes. Even the blind eyes ( example is Cinzia Monreale ‘s character) from viewing the wastelands of Hell are well done Lots of the classic shock and gore that Lucio Fulci is known for.

Rating:  This movie is way out there but so are a lot of Lucio Fulci’s films. The zombies are really well done and the gore is over the top. This director is one of my favorites in the horror genre and this is gem of a zombie flick.

 

 

7/10 Beers!

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