Tag Archive: lucio fulci

Sep 27

Murder-Rock: Dancing Death

murderrockGenre: Thriller
Year: 1984
Country: Italy

original title: Murderock – Uccide a Passo di Danza
aka: Murder Rock, The Demon is Loose, Slashdance

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Olga Karlatos, Ray Lovelock, Claudio Cassinelli, Cosimo Cinieri, Giuseppe Mannajuolo

 

Save the last dance… for hell!

 

 

Oct 15

The House by the Cemetery

housebythecemeteryGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: Italy

original title: Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero
aka: Zombie Hell House

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina

 

Beware the demon forces of the… blood beasts

 

The professor Norman Boyle is taking over the research that Dr. Petersen left behind after he murdered his woman and ended his own life. Norman brings his wife and their son to the estate where they are expecting to spend the next six months together while Norman is working.

When they get close to the house, their son gets some strange visions of a little girl who warns him about the dangers of moving into this house. His parents brush it off as childish imaginations, but when they do move in they start to experience supernatural events and it becomes clear to them that everything isn’t as it should be in the house by the cemetery.

Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery has been put together with The Beyond and City of the Living Dead as a part of an unofficial Gates of Hell or zombie trilogy. I can see why, as their films do share some of the same visual look, but for me this film stands a part from the others in story, although the ending does make the comparison stand ground.

Sep 18

Zombie Flesh Eaters

zombieflesheatersGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: Italy

original title: Zombi 2
aka: Island of the Flesh-Eaters, Island of the Living Dead, Zombie, Zombie 2: The Dead are Among Us, Zombies, Zombies 2

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver, Auretta Gay

 

When the earth spits out the dead, they will rise to suck the blood of the living!

 

An abandoned boat drifts into the harbor of New York. When the coast guards arrive, they get attacked by a rotting zombie. The daughter of the owner of the ship tries to get information to find out what has happened to the ship and her father and it is first when she meets the journalist Peter West that she gets some help on the case.

They travel to the Island of Matul where her father was supposed to have been last seen. Instead of finding a beautiful and peaceful tropical island, they arrive at an island where the dead has risen from their graves again and attacks the living.

Feb 18

City of the Living Dead

cityofthelivingdeadGenre: Horror
Year: 1980
Country: Italy

original title: Paura Nella Citta Dei Morti Viventi
aka: The Gates of Hell, Twilight of the Dead

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Christopher George, Katriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice

 

The Dead Shall Rise And Walk The Earth

 

A young woman named Mary is attending a séance where she is getting brutally visions of a Father Thomas that hangs himself at a cemetery in Dunwich. His action caused the gates of hell to open and these visions are too much for young Mary to handle and she dies of shock.

The journalist Peter Bell is investigating her death and while he is watching her burial he starts to hear noises coming from her casket. It turns out that she was not dead after all and when she later on tells him about Father Thomas and the gates of hell. They have to find a way to close it before the very next monday or else it will be open forever.

Mar 14

The New York Ripper

New York Ripper EuroGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: Italy

original title: Lo Squartatore di New York
aka: Manhattan Ripper, Psycho Ripper

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, Alexandra Delli Colli

 

 

New York City: It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to die there!

 

A vicious killer is on the loose in the streets of New York and he loves to slash and gut open young, pretty females. Lieutenant Fred Williams gets the job of trying to hunt down this crazy killer before he is able to destroy the life of more young women. The task also becomes personal when the killer starts to mock Fred by calling him and speaking in a duck voice everytime he is about to cut open a new victim.

The New York Ripper is one of the most nastiest films that Fulci ever did. It’s so violent that the former BBFC censor James Ferman wanted to take the film back to the airport and deport it away from England. The only reason why it is not a Video Nasty is that it was not able to get a release in the UK in the early 80’s. It is actually still not released in its uncut form in England to this day.