THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 82 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Italian director Lucio Fulci already had a track record of surreal giallo thrillers before he cranked out the DAWN OF THE DEAD knock-off ZOMBIE, which put him on the map with fans of extreme genre cinema. Dubbed the king of Italian goremeisters after following up with CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE BEYOND, Fulci turned out this very atmospheric (and gory) ghost/zombie saga. Katherine MacColl and her husband and son move into an ancient house owned long ago by the insane medical experimenter Dr. Freudstein. Ghost sightings, mysterious disappearances and bloody killings begin, and the traumatized family wonders if perhaps the good doctor is still around.


THE BEYOND
…E TU VIVRAI NEL TERRORE! L’ALDILÀ
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

In director Lucio Fulci’s gothic masterpiece, Lisa (Catriona MacColl) inherits a decrepit New Orleans hotel and hopes to renovate it. What her real estate agent failed to tell her is that one of seven doors to Hell is in the cellar; after several gruesome accidents, the passageway opens, unleashing a horde of zombies. Both gory and surreal, Fulci's tribute to Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty is not so much a film as a stunning series of brutal images - faces eaten by spiders, seeing-eye dogs gone mad, men losing eyeballs and, of course, blood-soaked bodies. With one of Fabio Frizzi's most menacing scores.


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