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The House of Clocks

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HOUSE OF CLOCKS (DVD)

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  • Actors: Keith Van Hoven, Karina Huff, Paolo Paoloni, Bettine Milne, Peter Hintz
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Writers: Lucio Fulci, Daniele Stroppa, Gianfranco Clerici
  • Producers: Marco Grillo Spina, Massimo Manasse
  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067J0H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House of Clocks" on IMDb

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By Spencer Wendleton on January 1, 2003
Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on May 14, 2002
Format: DVD
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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This was actually one of late director Lucio Fulci's Italian TV movies that he made in 1989 (the other being SWEET HOUSE OF HORRORS). It is definitely one of Fulci's better of his later films and proves that you could get away with a lot more on 1989 Italian TV than you can with most American TV today. I won't give away the plot (but the title does play a major role), but it is an atmospheric supernatural thriller with dollops of gore (it's not his usual gorefest and is better for it). If you like subtle horror, you could do a lot worse than THE HOUSE OF CLOCKS. Just don't go in expecting ZOMBIE or THE BEYOND and you may be surprised how enjoyable this film is.
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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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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. There is not one decent person / charecter in the whole film. In a film, you need at least one person you care about. This film is populated with the most disgusting vile people anyone can come up with. Murders, thieves, people who torture animals. You need at least one hero. There was not one person in this that i cared about. It is about a very sick and demented couple how have a house full of clocks and can some how, thru the clocks, reverse time. When A trio of sick demented crooks/ animal abusers decide to rob the rich elderly couple, they are thrust into strange world where time reveses it's self and the dead come back to life. Once the young trio murder the elderly couple, all the clocks start to go backwards and history repeates it's self, with the elderly couple coming back to life, all fixed up and no sign of thier wounds. Then they go about chasing and killing the three. There is no explaination as to how the couple can control time or why they are even doing it. The pace is slow, the acting only fair and the blood, well this film has alot less blood then other Fulci films. The whole film reminded me if the pacing of the "Blind dead" films.
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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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