The Eibon Press take on House by the Cemetery.
Eibon Press manages to engage the reader with Fulci’s original concepts. They lead us warily into the horrors residing deep within the mildewed guts of the abandoned house standing lonesome among the graves, but then they elevate those established concepts from the movie and embellish upon the story.
In the end, we have a macabre embroidery of familiar themes and searing originality that enhance everything we loved about the prime material. We’re also given a newfound appreciation for the lore. This is no easy task and one Eibon masters seamlessly across their growing library.
The comic follows the basic concept of the film – the Boyle family is sent to the Freudstein house so an abandoned research can finally be completed. While there the family encounters a violent array of paranormal forces and learn of the dark secret lurking right underneath their feet. After a series of ghastly murders the truth comes out, and the horror of the accursed house is revealed.
The arcane horror of the story revolves centrally around the nightmarish character of Dr. Freudstein: an undead thing, a demon, a husk of a man who now walks as a blasphemy against all living things.
Eibon Press takes this hellish being and embellishes upon the character, allowing him a past, and, only slightly, touching upon his humanity. We learn of the vision that drove him, that called out to him; the unspoken voice that ensnared his mind in dreams and waking nightmares, and that called the prodigal son back home to his father’s house among the broken tombstones.
It’s suggested here that the House is a generational curse, and that the fell doctor’s own father and grandfather were likewise trapped by the hellish summons to that desolate place in New England.
Though we are given a slim peek into the monster’s past, we are not left with any compassion for this demon. He is evil and that leaves him scary to the reader’s imagination.
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