House by the Cemetary

Discussion in 'Euro Horror' started by David666, Jun 21, 2001.

  1. David666

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    I wnated to thank Dave for the great review of House by the Cemtary (AB DVD). Great review, man. As always, really. But i was certainly looking forward to this review.

    I can completely relate to the "watching a film several times to find enjoyment." This recently happened to me with Crouchin Tiger, Hidden Dradon. When I first saw the film at the theatre I hated it with a monstrous pulsating, purple passion. In fact I posted my thoughts on it on many forums aorund the net. Suddenly I felt the need to rent the DVD to give it a second shot, and sure enough I highly enjoyed it. Perhaps it was Michele Yeoh's informative and enlightning interview, perhaps with this viewing I could watch the dubbed version and see the amazing subtle performances and the emotion in the faintest change of Michele Yeoh's eyes. either way, I have changed my mind about the film as a whole. Though I still find the desert sequence tedious.

    So I can certainly understand the notion of repeated viewing for better appreciation of a film. So House by the Cemetary and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are now on my next purchase list. Can't wait to see the look on the cashier's face with that combo. LOL

    Thanks again, Dave.
     
  2. Rene

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    Also Thanks from me for the review, it was very missed ;) There´s a little mix-up, I read something like "AB a bit sharper than EC", the opposite is the case. Also it would have been nice to see the hidden snippet mentioned. And not to forget the animated menu, because that´s cool ;)
     
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    I too found the "second viewing" recommendation interesting as well. Anyone who's read any of my posts here knows I'm not the biggest Fulci fan. But I've never seen any Fulci movie twice, so who knows? I'll be the first to admit that several of my most loved films got a HUGE thumbs-down on first viewing (Suspiria, Repo Man, Dazed and Confused, Evil Dead 2). Of course, the reason I disliked all those movies the first time is I was expecting something different. I've gone into many Fulci films aware of what I was getting into, and still disliked them. Add to that the fact that I somewhat enjoyed NY Ripper, and REALLY liked Don't Torture a Duckling, I get the feeling the charms of The Beyond, Zombie, City of the Living Dead, et al will still escape me.

    As for Crouching Tiger, I liked it when I saw it in the theater, but wasn't blown away by it. I still bought it anyway (due to either the low price or seeing Zhang Ziyi in that nasty little outfit at the MTV awards), but I haven't given it my second viewing yet. If I like it even more the second time, then it'll be friggin great!
     
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    Well, I'd really like to comment on this film but after DVD Box Office sent me the Diamond version instead of the much awaited AB DVD, I haven't been able to view it! I am not a happy camper... :mad:
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, guys. All I can say is I hated Beyond and House by the Cemetery the first time around. Now they're both classics in my book.

    I was at the store the other day, torn over whether I should buy Cast Away or Crouching Tiger (having seen neither). I went with Cast Away. Yesterday I rented Crouching Tiger and loved it! Wish I bought Crouching Tiger instead. Cast Away was good, but it's the kind of movie that I'd never watch again, whereas Crouching Tiger definitely has some replay value. Anyway, I'll pick up Crouching Tiger soon enough.

    I will update the review in regards to the hidden features, though my comments on the video quality shall stand.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, guys. All I can say is I hated Beyond and House by the Cemetery the first time around. Now they're both classics in my book.

    I was at the store the other day, torn over whether I should buy Cast Away or Crouching Tiger (having seen neither). I went with Cast Away. Yesterday I rented Crouching Tiger and loved it! Wish I bought Crouching Tiger instead. Cast Away was good, but it's the kind of movie that I'd never watch again, whereas Crouching Tiger definitely has some replay value. Anyway, I'll pick up Crouching Tiger soon enough.

    I will update the review in regards to the hidden features, though my comments on the video quality shall stand.
     
  7. Rene

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    Nice, but don´t tell the whole secret, hehe ;) And the menu, the nice animated menu almost could be listed as an Extra ;)
    Uhm, why that? Sure some things are a matter of taste or of the personal view, and you are the reviewer/boss ;) But that the AB pic is not sharper (and even some kind of foggy) is a fact, nothing that I just say when I´m bored :confused: For example take your own screencaps, let´s say compare right shot#1 from AB´s with EC´s and whoops, EC looks a bit too red but is sharper... fact ;)
     
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    Well, I didn't really find a thread that discussed the story of this film, so I revived this thread. I have a question concerning the ending.

    When Bob is locked in the basement and Norman tries to break open the door with an axe, Dr. Freudstein pushes Bob's face against the door. A very intense scene, Fulci truly is a master, but something strange happens in this scene and it's on the screen for only half a second. Fulci cuts repeatedly from Norman hacking away at the door tot Bob being pushed against the door by Freudstein's hand... but in one cut this hand has changed in what clearly appears to be a child's hand.
    Another hint is given in the quote from Henry James at the end: "No one will ever know if monsters are children or children are monsters".

    Now I know Fulci's trying to tell us something here, but I can't figure out what. Anyone here who can help me out?
     
  9. atann

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    Where is the link to the review I can't find it?
     
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    i bought a version of this movie and i never seen it sold anyone online or in stores could it be a bootleg ,ill scan it
     
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    bought it off of ebay so i think it is
     
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    i cant get the pic to upload
     
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    I did not like this film at first, either. Love my Ultrabit copy, though.
     
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    I thought he had one of each.

     
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    one of each what?
     
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    One human arm and one child arm.

     
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    I want that Ultrabit version!
     
  20. Coverdale

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    Never thought this film was that good, but it was my first exposure to Fulci (on Diamond, to boot). Zombi 2, The Beyond, Don't Torture A Duckling, New York Ripper are all better in my book. However, I do like it better than City of the Living Dead, which for some reason has never clicked with me.
     

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