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The House of Clocks (2004)

Keith Van Hoven , Karina Huff , Lucio Fulci  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith Van Hoven, Karina Huff, Paolo Paoloni, Bettine Milne, Peter Hintz
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067J0H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House of Clocks" on IMDb

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Clocks January 1, 2003
Fulci's sucess is a teeter-totter of unravelled contents and zombie-head explosions, but House of Clocks isn't a gore epic. I enjoyed this movie because of the inventive plot-concept Fulci uses to engage, not confuse--as in some of his flicks such as City of the Walking Dead. The characters, a trio of cleptos, find themselves caught up in a time warp started when they accidentally kill an old couple in their clock-ridden mansion. Don't give up until the end, the twist is deadly and I admit, it put a twisted smile on my face. There are a few gory moments--a lot of bullet wounds--in this movie, but if that's all you care about, then look somewhere else. Fulci fans need this as much as I need a damn good zombie movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Lucio May 14, 2002
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HOUSE OF CLOCKS is the best post-1982 movie Lucio Fulci ever made, and delivers the same style of shock violence as his zombie movies.
Made for Italian TV, but pulled because it was too gory, CLOCKS will certainly never be shown on British or US TV due to the extremely graphic bloodshed on display, some of which is easily as nasty as his full blown horror movies.
The plot involves a trio of unlikeable petty thugs, who accidentally kill an old couple who live in a house full of ornate antinue clocks. They don't know that the murdered couple are serial killers (and very mad, bloodthirsty ones at that!). Wose yet, is that when they die, the clocks stop. Once the clocks start turning backwards, the couple return from the grave and set out to get revenge.
Effectively blood spillage mixes well with old-style shocks (including chainsaws suddenly smashing through doors), and its' novel idea makes this a much better bet than the hopeless SWEET HOUSE OF HORRORS, which was shot back-to-back with this.
As yet unseen in the States or in the UK, HOUSE OF CLOCKS is essential viewing for Fulci fans, and a good bet for gore fans also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Fulci Best Films May 21, 2013
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A lot of fans seem to dislike this film but I think it mixes story along with high levels of gore and violence. Happy to have it in my collection and I watch it often along with The Beyond and New York Ripper. Not really anything bad about this film to me, solid piece of horror from one of the greats. RIP.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has it's moments July 1, 2007
It's always said when it comes to Lucio Fulci fans are split in the middle on his career. I myself am a big fan of Lucio Fulci, but I do understand why some people dislike his work. But the one thing I think even Fulci fans can agree on is after 1982 he seemed to have lost his edge. Most of the later day Fulci flicks I have seen lacked compared to his earlier work.

The House of Clocks for me is no different and I'm actually surprised at all the positive reviews. While I wouldn't say The House of Clocks is a bad movie it just for me falls flat. The House of Clocks was actually made for TV, but never aired on Italian TV as it was seen as too gory so it got a theatrical release instead.

The House of Clocks was written by Gianfranco Clerici & Daniele Stroppa from a story written by Lucio Fulci. The story wasn't bad it actually has a pretty decent premise. The screenplay however is rather weak; horror films in general aren't know for their great scripts, but you need something good enough to at least keep things interested when there is nothing happening.

The script is no worse than some other ones out there, but it does lack. The characters are pretty much the run of the mill horror movie characters. The old couple while clichéd were probably the most interesting of all the characters. Lucio Fulci in his career always seemed to be hit or miss even within the same movie. I have always though liked Fulci's visual style and sometimes he could make a movie a lot creepier than it should have been.

With The House of Clocks, Fulci actually does manage to build some atmosphere, but I felt he never used his location to full advantage. The outside of the house did have a creepy vibe at night and the inside of the house was big and should have been explored more.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY STRANGE..... January 8, 2003
This is a very weird film by Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci that was originally made for an Italian TV horror series called "House Of Doom" but was deemed too violent to be shown on TV. It concerns a wealthy elderly couple in a large estate which the husband has filled with all manner of ticking clocks and timepieces he has collected over the years. They seem benign at first but are revealed to be insane. They have murdered their niece and nephew-in-law and entombed their rotting corpses in the estate's chapel dressed in wedding attire. The wife, Sara, also murders the maid in the greenhouse when she discovers the corpses and threatens to leave. Meanwile, three fresh faced pot-smoking thieves (two guys and a girl) decide to rob the estate. Things go awry and the elderly couple is killed along with their one-eyed gardener. When the old man dies, his grandfather clock stops ticking and all the other clocks follow suit. The young thieves panic and try to get out but the couples' three big black Dobermans stand guard trapping them inside. Then all the clocks start spinning backwards and time begins reversing. The dead gardener, maid and elderly couple come back and begin killing the thieves leaving only the girl watching helplessly while the dead niece and nephew-in-law also return to life and kill the elderly couple! Whew! As if this wasn't enough, the whole thing turns out to be a nightmare experienced by the thieves simultaneously before they broke into the house! After discussing the "dream" and laughing it off, they decide NOT to rob the house and drive off only to die in a bloody car accident when the black cat they had found and put in a bag leaps out and mauls the driver's face causing him to run off an embankment. Well. As for complicated plot twists, this takes the cake. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars From a Fan.
I am a big fan of Lucio Fulci and have most of his films on DVD. I saw this on amazon and bought it. It is not very good. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Randy Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fulci, nuff said.
I really believe that people critical of Fulci just don't get it. That's ok, though. People are entitled to opinions, however much they may be inconsistent with mine. Read more
Published on September 8, 2010 by Zolar Waka
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Warped...
THE HOUSE OF CLOCKS is about a group of three small time crooks (2 guys and a gal) who decide to rob an elderly couple in their secluded mansion. Read more
Published on May 3, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel
In a word, Baloney

If you're still interested in watching any late 1980's movies by gore master Lucio Fulci, chances are you might want to add this to your list. Read more
Published on November 27, 2007 by A. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
If you're in the mood for something different, I would suggest this film. It's setting and general mood is strange, especially considering the demeanor of main characters. Read more
Published on April 20, 2007 by Kelsey Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars a Masterpiece!!!! from the Maestro of Maestro's!!! 10 stars!
FULCI IS GOD!!!!!!!there is really not much else to say!! i mean this movie is absolutely perfect.i haven't made up my mind yet but this very well may be FULCI'S "CREAM OF THE... Read more
Published on May 25, 2004 by creatureart
1.0 out of 5 stars House of Snores
I'm still trying to figure this movie out. I got it mostly because I loved Lucio Fulci's great "Zombie." House of Clocks was made for Italian TV and looks it. Read more
Published on February 20, 2004 by Jery Tillotson
4.0 out of 5 stars The first legitimate Fulci success
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big Fulci fan and have several of his movies. However, his movies fall into two categories: "So bad it's good" (Don't Torture a Duckling, Zombie, City of... Read more
Published on April 28, 2003 by dej905
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
House of Clocks is typical Fulci past his prime. While interesting enough to get diehards like me to buy it, the film really isn't anything special. Read more
Published on December 15, 2002
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