Even the tombstone turns in an unconvincing performance in THE HOUSE ON TOMBSTONE HILL, a wretched chiller that wastes little time on plot. No sooner does its coed cast of annoying young renovators set foot in the haunted Leatherby mansion than the slaughter begins.
Sealed in, they're stalked by a withered old lady (played pointlessly in drag by Doug Gibson, the actor who also plays her first victim, Mark), feeble in appearance but superhuman in strength. The kids she hacks to death rise again as cruel ghouls who try to kill their former buddies, and no real
explanation for all this is offered apart from an old news item about an unsolved stabbing and suicide. The only way to stop the undead is to bash their skulls in, but sole survivor Ron (Mark Zobian) neglects one corpse and gets wasted in the grim "surprise" ending that will be no surprise to
splatter-savvy viewers who will correctly see the whole thing as a poor rip-off of Sam Raimi's far superior THE EVIL DEAD.
Among THE HOUSE ON TOMBSTONE HILL's many failings is the unskilled cast's utter inability to register fear. Opportunities at humor, meanwhile, are seldom exploited ("I hate this house!" complains punk Bob [Victor Verhaeghe] as a jagged window chews him in half). Considering the dire quality of the
acting, the fact that most of the picture is dialogue-free constitutes a small mercy. The real star is the makeup work (supervised by Ed French) emphasizing facial gashes that make most of the characters look like road maps, but the onscreen gore is accompanied by an overinsistent sucking noise
that sounds like a straw at the bottom of a soda bottle. At least the transsexual crone getup is credible.
Made in New York State, this movie bears a copyright title of "The Dead Come Home" and date of 1988. It mouldered in obscurity until its 1992 videocassette release. ((Excessive violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: Even the tombstone turns in an unconvincing performance in THE HOUSE ON TOMBSTONE HILL, a wretched chiller that wastes little time on plot. No sooner does its coed cast of annoying young renovators set foot in the haunted Leatherby mansion than the slaught… (more)