Straight out of the eighties comes, House by the Cemetary a straight forward B movie, from the mind of Italian horror specialist Lucio Fulci.
In the vein of excellent Giallo’s ‘Terror at the Opera’, ‘Tenabrae’ and ‘Deep Red’, it is a film that owes a lot to an excellent score. It’s not quite on the level of Goblin’s mesmerising score for ‘Demons’ another Italian horror favourite, but Walter Rizzoti’s distinctive music really adds another dimension to what is essentially an average movie.
‘House…’ tells the story of a family that moves into a house with a deadly secret, which is by a cemetery of course.
There are echoes of ‘American Horror Story’ with the haunted house motif, complete with a babysitter who knows more than she lets on to the family. The children are also having visions, hearing strange noises in the basement.
The stand out set piece involves a seemingly invincible bat which escapes from said basement, and goes on the rampage attacking the husband. It’s completely bonkers, and harks back to the random parrot that spontaneously combusts in Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. The effects are cheap and gory, much in the vein of Tom Savini’s early work, providing enough ketchup to keep the gore fans happy.
House by the Cemetery won’t win any awards any time soon, but is a worthy addition to Fulci bloody collection.