[[caption-width-right:320:[[CoversAlwaysLie That is NOT Dr. Freudstein.]]]]

''The House by the Cemetery'' is a horror film by the late Creator/LucioFulci, released in the year 1981. It is the third and final film that he did with actress Catriona [=MacColl=], and is the unofficial third entry of the "''Gates of Hell'' trilogy", after ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'' and ''Film/TheBeyond'' (both of which starred [=MacColl=]).

It is a {{mind screw}}y slasher film, where the Boyle family (consisting of Norman, Lucy and their son Bob) move into a new house due to Norman's work. There they encounter its deadly secret: A certain Dr. Freudstein who has been hiding in the basement's cellar for decades, prolonging his life by salvaging the organs of those who set foot in his old house.

It was one of the VideoNasties.

!!This film features the examples of:

* ApocalypticLog: The cassette detailing Dr. Peterson's last moments is found by Norman.
* ArtificialZombie: Dr. Freudstein by his own hands so that he can keep himself alive.
* AnAxeToGrind: Norman defends himself with an axe at one point.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Dr. Freudstein succeeds in killing both Norman and Lucy and most likely Bob as well. Either way, he is still in the house waiting for the next unfortunate victim.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Dr. Freudstein. His flesh is too dead to grow any hair.
* BodyHorror: Dr Freudstein - who despite replacing his body parts with those of other people is actively rotting and has maggots and worms, amongst assorted gore, falling from his wounds. His face is pretty damn freakish, too - although it's difficult to discern if that's a mask or his actual face. Oddly enough, there's also no trace of his GlowingEyesOfDoom when he's finally revealed, despite them being the thing that cause Bob to shit himself and run back upstairs.
* CassandraTruth: Bob, told by Mae, tries to tell his family to not shift into the Freudstein House. Needless to say, the adults don't listen.
* CreepyBasement: Dr. Freudstein's base of operations.
%%* CuteGhostGirl: Mae.
* TheDarknessGazesBack: Bob is scared by Freudstein's yellow eyes peering at him through the basement. Strangely, his eyes are not yellow when he is seen in his full glory.
* DeathBySex: The young couple in the opening.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Dr. Freudstein manages to kill both Norman and Lucy (though we only see her being dragged from the ladder and don't see her death outright), but when he sets out for Bob, the late Mrs. Freudstein pulls Bob to safety into the realm of the dead. Or into the past. Or Bob just snapped mentally and imagined running off with his ghost friend at the moment of death, sparing himself the gruesome death he would endure]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Bob sees a pair in the dark basement and promptly [[FreakOut freaks out]].
* {{Gorn}}: In typical Fulci film fashion, Dr. Freudstein goes out his way to dish most gory and sadistic deaths as possible.
* HauntedHouse: All kinds of undead business surrounds this house.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Averted. Outdoor scenes (notably the library and the store with the mannequin) were filmed in Concord, Massachusetts. Both buildings look almost exactly the same nearly three decades later.
* KnifeNut: Freudstein prefers knives.
* MindScrew: the original US release of the film had the studio underlings mislabel several of the film reels sent to theaters, leading to the middle sections of the film getting mixed up; as such, the nanny's death takes place earlier than it should, leading to a scene of her appearing afterwords after her death scene.
%%* OffWithHisHead: Ann's death.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Dr. Freudstein does it once at the ending.
%%* PeekABooCorpse: Steve in the opening.
* PsychopathicManchild: It is hinted that Freudstein might be one, as he can be heard crying like a child few times. The film even ends with a quote that says "No one will ever know if children are monsters or monsters are children".
* RedHerring:
** Hints of Norman's past in the house.
** Ann, the explicitly weird and creepy babysitter, who...isn't part of the problem at all and ends up killed off like everyone else.
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: Laura's death at the hands of Dr. Freudstein, Stabbing, slicing, and it almost had eye-gouging as well.
* [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]