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Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Elisa Briganti (story)
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Release Date:
1 June 1984 (USA) See more »
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Catriona MacColl ... Lucy Boyle (as Katherine MacColl)

Paolo Malco ... Dr. Norman Boyle

Ania Pieroni ... Ann, the Babysitter
Giovanni Frezza ... Bob Boyle

Silvia Collatina ... Mae Freudstein

Dagmar Lassander ... Laura Gittleson

Giovanni De Nava ... Dr. Freudstein

Daniela Doria ... First Female Victim
Gianpaolo Saccarola ... Daniel Douglas
Carlo De Mejo ... Mr. Wheatley
Kenneth A. Olsen ... Harold (as John Olson)
Elmer Johnsson ... Cemetery Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara ... Victim
Teresa Rossi Passante ... Mary Freudstein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Laura Gittleson (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Lucio Fulci ... Professor Muller (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Professor Muller (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Mr. Wheatley (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Gregory Snegoff ... Daniel Douglas (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Lyle Stetler ... Bob Boyle (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Dr. Norman Boyle (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elisa Briganti  story (as Elisa Livia Briganti)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
H.P. Lovecraft  inspiration (uncredited)
Giorgio Mariuzzo  screenplay
Dardano Sacchetti  screenplay

Produced by
Fabrizio De Angelis .... producer
Original Music by
Walter Rizzati 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Makeup Department
Maria Pia Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Giannetto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Giannetto De Rossi .... special makeup effects artist
Antonio Maltempo .... assistant makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Fabrizio De Martino .... assistant unit manager
Fabrizio De Martino .... unit manager
Paolo Gargano .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
Art Department
Mariangela Capuano .... set dresser
Rodolfo Ruzza .... property master
Sound Department
Ugo Celani .... sound engineer
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer (as Gianni Amico)
Eros Giustini .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Giannetto De Rossi .... special effects (as Gino De Rossi)
Nazzareno Cardinali .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Alfredo Fedeli .... chief electrician
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Giacomo Tomaselli .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudia D'Obici .... assistant costumes
Bertilla Silvestrini .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Pietro Tomassi .... assistant editor
Luciano Vittori .... color consultant
Music Department
Alexander Blonksteiner .... composer: additional music
Walter Rizzati .... conductor
Other crew
Pino Colizzi .... dubbing director
Alfredo D'Angelo .... curtains (as D'Angelo)
Armando Pace .... cutting room assistant
Daniela Puccini .... continuity
Guglielmo Smeraldi .... production secretary
Otello Tomassini .... paymaster
Daniela Tonti .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The House by the Cemetery" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Revenge of the New York Ripper" - South Africa (English title) (video title)
"The House Outside the Cemetery" -
"Zombie Hell House" - USA
"A Casa do Cemitério" - Brazil (video title), Portugal (imdb display title)
"La casa cercana al cementerio" - Argentina, Uruguay (video box title)
"La maison près du cimetière" - Canada (French title), France
"Η στοιχειωμένη βίλα" - Greece
"Дом на краю кладбища" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Къща край гробищата" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"A Casa dos Mortos Vivos" - Brazil
"A temetőre épült ház" - Hungary
"Aquella casa al lado del cementerio" - Spain
"Aquella casa junto al cementerio" - Spain (DVD title)
"Das Haus an der Friedhofmauer" - Germany (DVD title)
"Das Haus an der Friedhofsmauer" - West Germany
"Dom przy cmentarzu" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Enoikiazetai stoiheiomeni villa dipla sto nekrotafeio" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Het huis bij het kerkhof" - Netherlands (informal literal title)
"House by the Cemetery" - Netherlands (DVD box title)
"Huset på kyrkogården" - Sweden
"I stoiheiomeni villa" - Greece (video title)
"Khaneye Kenare Ghabrestan" - Iran (Persian title) (imdb display title)
"La casa al lado del cementerio" - Mexico (DVD box title)
"La casa cerca al cementerio" - Peru (imdb display title)
"La mansión cerca del cementerio" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Slagtehuset ved kirkegården" - Denmark
"The House by the Cemetery" - Norway (imdb display title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:16 | Germany:18 (DVD) (uncut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD rating) | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 (2017) | Spain:18 | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating: 1981) (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (re-rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1988) (heavily cut) (re-rating) (2001) (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1988) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (cut) (VHS) | West Germany:18 (uncut) (theatrical)

Did You Know?

Catriona MacColl overcame her aversion to bats as a direct result of acting in this film.See more »
Continuity: When Laura Gittleson, the real estate agent, is killed by Dr Freudstein, we see her body lying on the floor with her eyes closed and her mouth open. A few moments later, Freudstein drags her into the basement and her eyes are now open, but her mouth is closed. When she is hanging in the basement near the end of the film, her eyes and mouth are both open.See more »
[last lines]
Mary Freudstein:Mae, time to go home and remember your manners. Now that Bob is staying with us, be sure to treat him like a Freudstein. For other guests are surely destined to drop in.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grave Encounters 2 (2012)See more »


What are the differences censored British Versions and the Original Uncensored Version?
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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Fulci Hits Another Home Run, 29 March 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Quella Villa Accanto al Cimitero/House by the Cemetery(1981) is the first straight forward film for Fulci since Zombie Flesh Eaters(1979). Gets away from the dreamish themematics of his previous two films. Begins with the idea that this could be the third film in the 7 Gates Trilogy. Although not as violent as Zombie Flesh Eaters, The Gates of Hell, or The Beyond, The film does contain some gory set pieces. A bloody haunted house tale that employs the techniques of Lucio Fulci very well. The story builds toward the pessemistic climax.

Quella Villa Accanto al Cimitero's major weakness is the poor dubbing of Bob & Mae. Because they are voiced over by adults, the performances of the two children come out weak. Walter Rizzati performs a main theme that sounds alot like the theme music of Don't Torture a Duckling. One of my favorite film scores from a Fulci picture. Tremendously influenced by the zombie classic, Let Sleeping Corpse Lie(1974). This is one of the few Fulci films from the early 80s that Fabio Frizzi did not work on.

The film crew seems at home since having done many films together. I was impressed by the film when I first saw it. House by the Cemetery is helped out by the presence of Catriona MacColl who gives it professional respectability. One thing that annoyed some people is the scene where the babysitter is cleaning up blood with Mrs. Boyle not reacting to this. This was not done purposely but resulted due to budget restraints and time limitations. The House by the Cemetery(1981) was filmed after the editing of The Beyond(1981).

Dr. Freudstein is another in a line of monsterous villains that follows Father Thomas and Schweik the painter. He is the only zombie in an otherwise non zombie pic. Even though he is not seen for most of the picture, his presence is still sinisterly felt. His name seems to be a mixture of Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Freud. Dr. Freudstein in my opinion also seems to be inspired by the longevity seeking Dr. Charriere of HP Lovecraft/August Derleth's short story, THE SURVIVOR. Dr. Freudstein is menacing and repulsive.

The set designs are eye popping and fantastic. The interiors of the Freudstein house from the past are stunning. Another example of Fulci using great gothic designs for the film. Part of the film was done in Concord, MA. The antique look of the Freudstein house from the past is something out of a Mario Bava movie. The House by the Cemetery(1981) is made special by the sight of gothic architecture in the small New England town.

Revolves around the relationship between Bob Boyle and the ghost, Mae Freudstein. They can communicate from far away while understanding each other's thoughts. They are the opposite of Mr. and Mrs. Boyle who are limited in looking beyond what is there. Bob Boyle and Mae are competently played by Giovanni Frezza & Silvia Collatina. Bob Boyle ends up in the same position as Liza and John from The Beyond(1981). Mae's role serves the same purpose as a warner that Emily served in The Beyond(1981).

Children play a vital role in Lucio Fulci's top films. In his films, children are the bearers of innocence who are surrounded by a nature of violence. Children are a crucial part in this film because they are the only ones who can sense danger. Dr. Freudstein in my opinion represents the dark half of Norman Boyle. The children in the film are inspired by characters in a Henry James Novella. Its interesting that the doctor lures his victims by crying like a child.

Quella Villa Accanto al Cimitero I feel had a profound influence on Clive Barker's Hellraiser(1987). One example is the monster who needs victims to keep himself alive and fresh. Another example is the architecture designs of Hellraiser(1987). Combines the ideas of HP Lovecraft with Henry James and Ambrose Bierce. Giannetto De Rossi produces some effective special effects for a low budget film. Sergio Salvati is one of the key ingredients to this picture because of his fabulous cinematography and camera placement.

House by the Cemetery(1981) is comparable to Mario Bava's Shock(1977). Both have families who live in a house with a dark past. Both have a child who talks to someone dead. The two films have female characters who are on the verge of total breakdown. House by the Cemetery & Shock contain a downbeat ending. These two rely on atmosphere and colorful set pieces.

There are show stopping highlights in Quella Villa Accanto al Cimitero(1981). One, the murder of the first victim played by Daniela Doria. Two, the murder of Mrs. Gittleson where realistic make up effects are employed. Three, the pix axe scene that is an encore of the "Buried Alive" sequence from City of the Living Dead(1980). The scene where Mae envisions the death of Anne, the babysitter is brilliant. The scene where the camera pans out from a house to a picture of that house is quite good and reminds me of a sequence towards the end of Brazil(1985).

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