The House of Clocks
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Zolar Waka
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 morePublished on May 3, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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
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 morePublished on April 20, 2007 by Kelsey Cain
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 morePublished on May 25, 2004 by creatureart
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 morePublished on February 20, 2004 by Jery Tillotson
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 morePublished on April 28, 2003 by dej905