Review from AFM magazine issue #46
REVIEW WRITTEN BY MIKE FALCIGNO FOR AMAZING FIGURE MODELER MAGAZINE
1981, Italian “Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci cemented his status further
with the release of “The House by the Cemetery”. An audacious romp set in a New
England house, the film defied all rules of linear plot structure - opting
instead for full-blown weirdness & what may be THE most annoying child ever filmed.
Lumbering around in the basement of this house (you know…that one by the cemetery)
is a hideously rotten zombie named Dr. Freudstein. In typical undead fashion, Freudstein
moans, pops up from dark corners, & just happens to require the blood of others for his own survival.
Though Fulci’s horror output often falls into “love it or hate it” territory; The House by the Cemetery
is required viewing for all genre aficionados!
Batting 3 for 3 with yet another home run, Tony “Gut-Muncher” Gibson delivers this latest
installment to his “Euro-Zombie” collection. The Dr. Freudstein bust;rendered in ¼ scale, is a fitting
resin portrait to this decomposing icon of terror! Gibson managed to decipher the main forms of what is
essentially a mass of liquefying flesh sliding off bone, & sculpted a portrait that’s surprisingly spot-on.
The withered eye-slits, random teeth jutting out from fused lips, slimy flaps of skin folding over exposed veins,
& copious amounts of decomposing rot are all there…lovingly reproduced in cold cast resin!
Set into a small section of highly detailed torso featuring Freudstein’s tattered Peacoat, the head is positioned
with a slight turn, smartly lending a sense of motion to the piece. Like the Conquistador & Manchester Morgue
Zombies that precede this release, the casting of Dr. F is slick. No defects with only the tiniest seam line;
you can have this guy cleaned and primed in 10 minutes flat!
Tony Gibson’s talent & commitment to quality, combined with his affinity for “Zombie Obscura”have rightly
earned him a fan base, I’m proud to say you’ll find me right in front…egging him on to produce more Euro Zombies!
Get this FREUDIAN fiend before he SLIPS back into the cellar.