Movie Review: The House by the Cemetery

This is a totally B movie that I picked up in a horror movie six pack a long time ago and now finally taking a moment to review it in all it’s strange awesomeness.

House by the Cemetary is done by the somewhat legendary Lucio Fulci who is not very shy at providing you with gory scenes galore. From the first five minutes of the movie you will be nodding your head  thinking, yup this is definitely a Lucio Fulci movie. I remember watching this with my friend in the back seat of a car on a trip. He is also totally into horror movies and he was like “Holy shit! Did that just happen”. Yes Chris, it did happen and no you cannot take that memory away.

The movie as a whole is very good in a B movie way. Don’t expect tremendous logic to be found. There are a few scenes that will leave you scratching your head wondering if Fulci was on something or just totally misguided attempt at creating shock / drama for the sake of it. It doesn’t work and rather then adding to the movie, leaves you giggling.

The atmosphere is generally well kept. Your always wondering what is coming next. Fulci does a good job of keeping things on a slow build towards the climax where all hell breaks loose. For a B movie you don’t often see that sort of consistency on the build up so were very thankful for this.

The acting is generally well done. In fact I will say I am surprised. There are moments where you invest yourself in the characters and think loudly that you would not stay in that situation. Discover a tomb in the living room? I am getting the fuck out of there. This family however are determined. But you do get their sense of anxiety as they are dealing with a move in to a relatively creepy looking home to begin with and then all the bumps and sounds that are delivered to us. The only really off putting character is the little psychic girl. Her purpose in the movie is a warning to the boy but the way she is presented to us is always in a WTF way.  Also the boy has a very grating voice that comes off as whiny. Maybe that is what they were going for but it is just ughhhh.

The sound in the movie is ok. I had to crank up the volume as the voices (except the irritating boys voice) came out hushed. Other then that though you have plenty of quirky music. One really comes off as a 70’s kind of jive that is funny when you first hear it.

The picture quality also really stands out as being very good for it’s age and transition to DVD so no disappointments there.

House by the Cemetery is a classic B movie for your night with your buddies. It offers up enough horror moments, gory scenes and the laughable what the hell are they showing me now scenes, that you cannot help but be entertained. The story is rather amusing overall but don’t expect Shakespeare on this one. It’s plain and simple a good pop corn movie and definitely an add on for any horror movie fans collection.  Fulci in his own unique fashion gives us something special like only he can.

From an RPG standpoint you will find probably lots to provide you inspiration for a horror game. With all the amusing bits found in the movie I am sure you will be able to find elements to put into your game. I can see something interesting created in a gothic horror genre or even via a Unisystem game such as All Flesh Must Be Eaten. Nothing says fun like an evil golem scientist in a hidden room located in a long abandoned victorian mansion.

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Was recruited back in the first year of high school to play this odd game called Dungeons & Dragons by his friends who would become his family. Tending more towards darker themed games like Call of Cthulhu, Ravenloft, Gemini and other such titles; he has also ventured into other genres as his interest has developed. If there is something cool to play out there, he will play it even if it hurts his brain.

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