The House of Clocks (1989)
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The story of Italian horror maven Lucio Fulci's made-for-television gore-a-thon concerns a creepy dark house inhabited by a dotty old couple, Victor and Sarah, and their uptight maid, Maria, who is soon impaled (complete with close-ups of guts pouring from the wound) when she discovers the couple's nephew and his wife dead in the basement. Three young crooks decide to break in and rob the isolated villa, killing the handyman (Pier Luigi Conti) and the old couple before being trapped inside by vicious Dobermans in the yard. The house is filled with clocks, which all stop when Victor dies. Even the sand in an hourglass stops pouring. Then the clocks begin moving backwards and time follows suit, resulting in bizarre phenomena and eventually reviving the old couple, who get gory revenge. Soon the whole house is full of reanimated zombies, leading first to a bloodbath and then to a quirky and ironic conclusion which plays with the stereotypical "dream ending" in amusing ways. Karina Huff gets a knife jammed through her hand and there are chainsaws, throat-rending zombies, impalements, and numerous gaping stomach wounds. Keith Van Hoven co-stars with Paolo Paoloni, Bettine Milne, and Peter Hintz. … More
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Lucio Fulci, Italy's own, inimitable master of grue, delivers the groceries in this almost absurdly gory made-for-tv(!) movie. Though not in the same league as "The Beyond" or "City of the Living Dead", both of which "Clocks" vaguely resembles, this surprisingly nasty bit of supernatural hokum showcase many of Fulci's trademark touches (copious splatter, vicious animals, zombies) while also taking its time to build up a bit of tension and atmosphere before the mayhem starts in earnest. The central gimmick, something to do with time going backwards while a trio of scuzzy criminals get chased around a mansion by a creepy elderly couple, makes almost no sense at all... but that's par for the course in a Fulci movie, and besides, you don't go into this sort of thing for the plot. "House of Clocks" is goofy, gory, cruel fun for those with a taste for Italian-flavored horror.
A lesser known Fulci film with not too much gore like his other popular films but has some great moments of suspense.It's slow pace & the ending was disappointing.A Fulci film worth seeing at least once.
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