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House by the Cemetery back to product details

One of Fulci's best.
written by AMacEwen5 October 31, 2011 - 7:54 AM PDT
The degree of incompetence of such mainstream critics as the drones at AMG is truly staggering. It sticks in their craw to give Fulci credit for anything. It's hard to believe she can imply that the disjointedness of the film is not due to Fulci's disposition in light of his two previous zombie excursions, City of the Living Dead and The Beyond. While the effect is largely achieved through editing, its recurring appearance in his Gothics should settle beyond argument the fact that the director's orchestration of his scripts is instrumental. As for her claim that "the strange and irresolute ending, and leaps and gaps in the plot, are indications that all else is dispensible [sic] pretext" is astonishingly thick-headed, as these are not only essential elements of the viewing experience, but also contribute to the otherworldly atmosphere that permeates much of the film. Dread, terror, dream logic, poetically eerie interludes, and yes, the much lauded aesthetic of Suspense, can all be found in The House by the Cemetery. But it seems Fulci's refusal to conform to the Hitchcockian method these Bourgeois Guardians of Classic Aesthetics so narrowly promulgate will forever rub them the wrong way. In short, these movies simply don't behave properly. Never you mind, House is one of Fulci's best. In addition to the aforementioned attributes, there are the trademark scenes of jaw-dropping violence and splatter that literally obtrude their way out of the film's narrative into a filmic space of their own. And the haunting coda is certainly not strange in the way implied: it is deftly set up in earlier scenes. Rent, and enjoy.


(Average 6.34)
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