Thursday, January 13, 2022

#2,693. The House of Clocks (1989) - Spotlight on Italy


A Made for Television film that was originally produced as part of a series (which, alas, never aired on Italian TV), The House of Clocks is a far cry from what Fulci was turning out in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, but that doesn’t make it a total loss.

A trio of thieves (Karina Huff, Keith Van Hoven and Peter Hintz) break into an estate owned by Victor (Paolo Paoloni) and Sarah (Bettine Milne), a rich elderly couple with a large collection of clocks. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and when the smoke clears Victor, Sarah, and their groundskeeper (played by Al Cliver) are dead.

But as the would-be crooks will learn soon enough, time passes much differently in… the House of Clocks!

For a TV movie, The House of Clocks features some pretty gnarly kill scenes (not that I expected anything less from Fulci, mind you), and the story itself, bizarre as it is, has its charms.

Of course, it rarely makes a lick of sense (again, this is Fulci we’re talking about here, so no big surprise), and I disliked the ending (which made even less sense than what came before it), but if you’re a Fulci completest my guess is you’ve seen worse.
Rating: 5 out of 10

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