As the 1970s gave way to the 1980s, director Lucio Fulci (Don’t Torture a Duckling, City of the Living Dead) increasingly specialised in the dark, ultraviolent horror movies which would earn him the affectionate moniker “the Godfather of Gore”. The third and final instalment in his “Gates of Hell” trilogy, 1981’s The House by the Cemetery showcases the malevolent maestro at his blood-drenched best.
The Boyles – Lucy (Catriona MacColl, The Beyond), Norman (Paolo Malco, The New York Ripper) and their young son Bob (Giovanni Frezza, Demons) – relocate from New York City to an ageing house in rural New England. But the evil force which lurks in its basement has already claimed the previous occupant and now has its sights set on the new owners. Soon, the unsuspecting family will become only too familiar with the dark secret of the monstrous Dr Freudstein…
Featuring a cast of Italian horror royalty, including Ania Pieroni (Tenebrae) and Dagmar Lassander (Fulci’s The Black Cat), sumptuous widescreen cinematography by long-term Fulci collaborator Sergio Salvati (Zombie Flesh Eaters) and a nerve-jangling soundtrack by Walter Rizzati (1990: Bronx Warriors), this feature-packed new edition resurrects Fulci’s gore-soaked classic in a stunning 4K restoration from the original camera negative.
The House by the Cemetery will be released on Blu-ray, and Limited Edition 4K UHD on October 9th.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• 4K restoration from the original negative by Blue Underground
• 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
• Restored original lossless mono English and Italian soundtracks
• Optional lossless 5.1 and Dolby Atmos English soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
• Archival audio commentary with star Catriona MacColl, moderated by Calum Waddell
• Archival audio commentary with co-star Silvia Collatina, moderated by Mike Baronas of Paura Productions
• Meet the Boyles – interviews with stars Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco
• Children of the Night – interviews with stars Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina
• Tales of Laura Gittleson – interview with star Dagmar Lassander
• My Time with Terror – interview with star Carlo De Mejo
• A Haunted House Story – interview with co-writers Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti
• To Build a Better Death Trap – interviews with cinematographer Sergio Salvati, special make-up effects artist Maurizio Trani, special effects artist Giannetto De Rossi and actor Giovanni De Nava
• House Quake – interview with co-writer Giorgio Mariuzzo
• Q&A with Catriona MacColl at the 2014 Spaghetti Cinema Festival, Luton, England
• Calling Dr. Freudstein – interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
• Deleted scene
• Alternate US opening scene and titles, re-edited and with different music
• Archival introduction by Giovanni Frezza
• Back to the Cellar – archival interview with Giovanni Frezza
• Cemetery Woman – archival interview with Catriona MacColl
• Wax Mask: Finishing the Final Fulci – archival interview with filmmaker and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti
• Freudstein’s Follies – archival interview with Giannetto De Rossi
• Ladies of Italian Horror – archival interviews with Italian horror cinema stars Stefania Casini, Barbara Magnolfi and The House by the Cemetery’s Silvia Collatina
• The House by the Cemetery Q&A – 2011 panel at HorrorHound, Indianapolis, Indiana featuring the film’s cast
• International theatrical trailer
• US theatrical trailer
• TV spot
• Poster and still galleries
• Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
• Limited edition 60-page perfect bound book featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, Stephen Thrower, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Rachael Nisbet
• Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
• Six double-sided collector’s postcards
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