September 08, 2007

Quella villa accanto al cimitero on Walden Pond

LL and I have just gotten done watching what is probably Lucio Fulci's best film, Quella villa accanto al cimitero (English title: The House by the Cemetery). The story is loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story Cool Air.

As surreal and dreamlike as his films often were, Fulci liked to go for realism in certain elements. One of these was in his settings, so when he made a film based on a Lovecraft story, he shoot in New England. Thus, the eponymous house shown in the still above really is in New England. In fact, it's somewhere in a coastal Massachusetts town called Scituate. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to find out exactly where in the town.

On the other hand, Fulci filmed many of the exterior shots in House by the Cemetery in Concord, MA, which is less than an hour from Worcester. As a matter of fact, one scene takes place right in front of the Concord Free Public Library at 129 Main Street.

Knowing this, LL and I have decided to make a mini-pilgrimage tomorrow in honor of Maestro Fulci. Oddly enough, it's also the town where Emerson, Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott all lived. Walden Pond is there, and so we'll be paying it a visit as well to see Thoreau's cabin.

There will, no doubt, be pictures, both of the horror movie settings and the birthplace of 19th century Transcendentalism.

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