La Casa del tempo (1989) from Tuna

La Casa del tempo (1989 TV movie), or The House of Clocks, is a Lucio Fulci gorefest. Three punks, a girl and two guys, are out to rip off an elderly couple in a remote villa. They don't know, of course, that the sweet couple has killed their niece and nephew, their maid, and probably others we don't know about. The old man has a huge clock collection, which occupies most of his time.

The punks end up killing the old couple and their gardener, but then the clocks begin to run backwards, and the dead come back looking for revenge.


Karina Huff, as one of the three punks, briefly shows her breasts in a sex scene.
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I never found the plot engaging, but the film does have some effective gore effects.  Probably my favorite scene was the death of the maid, where the old woman shoves a big stick into her stomach. When she pulls it back out, animal intestines start oozing out of the hole.  

The Critics Vote

  • no reviews online (there are some member comments at IMDb)


The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 7.4/10, based on only 26 votes. I suspect all of those are Fulci fans
  • with their dollars: made for cable


IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, with the weak plot, I can give this no more than a C-.

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