By Eric Polk-
[Lucio Fulgi took a slight misstep with this one. Not as enjoyable as Zombie or City of the Living Dead.]
Lucio Fulci is the director of my second favorite horror movie of all time, 1979's Zombie. So with 1981's House by the Cemetery, I was expecting more of the eerie music, gore, and decent storyline that made me fall in love with his work.
Well, two out of three ain't bad. The plot is highly derivative of better movies such as The Shining and The Amityville Horror. Man investigates old New England home, little boy(a whiny brat) told don't go in the house, and a dark secret. this one living in the basement.
So naturally, three women get sliced and diced, though it is quite beautiful in its execution, if you pardon the pun.
The ending, well the ending is better than The Sopranos, but not by much. There is an awesome amount of blood and guts, and the music is fantastic. Sadly, these can't overcome the incoherent story that will make me think twice before I endeavour to watch another Fulci horror film.
Having said that, watch Zombie. It is a classic