The House by the Cemetery

Death, gore, a basement - what more do you want?

Before the credits even roll, a sexy young thing is knifed through the back of her head with the blade protruding out of her mouth. She's then dragged across the floor by the unseen assailant, her head smearing the wood planks with a swath of blood, until the basement door closes in ominous finality. Well, enough of the spoilers - suffice it to say that intense bloodbath The House by the Cemetery is the work of Italian exploitation master Lucio Fulci, who once studied film technique with the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni. (With all the gore, this haunted-house horror flick should be retitled The House Is a Cemetery.) Fulci abandoned his first love, medicine, for the cinema, but the influence is graphically present with his obsession with skewering, piercing, smashing and sundry blunt-force traumas. This 1984 horror/murder mystery is CSI way, way before it became a hit. 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domy-store.com. Free.
Mon., Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m., 2009

 
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