Beyond

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Overview

This gruesome Louisiana-set horror film opens with a 1927 prologue featuring a Satanic artist being crucified and melted alive with quicklime in the basement of an old hotel. Half a century later, pretty Liza Catriona MacColl inherits the hotel, not suspecting that it is one of seven gateways to Hell. A workman breaks his neck, another has his eyeball gouged out by a zombie, a woman's head is melted by a vat of acid, and an architect has his face eaten by hungry tarantulas who chew out his tongue. Dozens of ...
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Overview

This gruesome Louisiana-set horror film opens with a 1927 prologue featuring a Satanic artist being crucified and melted alive with quicklime in the basement of an old hotel. Half a century later, pretty Liza Catriona MacColl inherits the hotel, not suspecting that it is one of seven gateways to Hell. A workman breaks his neck, another has his eyeball gouged out by a zombie, a woman's head is melted by a vat of acid, and an architect has his face eaten by hungry tarantulas who chew out his tongue. Dozens of cannibalistic zombies attack Liza and her disbelieving lover David Warbeck, who joins her in Hell in the film's downbeat conclusion. The gory special effects by Gianetto de Rossi and Germano Natali are nauseatingly effective, although the script by Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo and director Lucio Fulci tends to wander and the pacing is a trifle slow.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck; Rare on-set interview with director Lucio Fulci; Lost German pre-credit sequence in full color; Necrophagia music video directed by Jim VanBebber; Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun; New 2008 intro by Catriona MacColl; Theatrical trailers; Still galleries; Cast and crew interviews
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Zombies, man-eating tarantulas, and buckets of blood -- what more does a horror film need? The Beyond a.k.a. Seven Doors of Death, an Italian horror gem by director Lucio Fulci, delivers plenty of Fulci's signature gore, all shot in splendid wide-screen color. The story is as basic as they come: Liza Katherine MacColl has inherited a dilapidated hotel in Louisiana that just happens to have been built over one of seven gateways to hell. A handsome but skeptical doctor David Warbeck and a mysterious white-eyed blind beauty Sarah Keller go along for the ride, but the bloodletting is the point in The Beyond. Fulci pulls out all the stops for his endlessly inventive scenes of carnage and mutilation, driving nails through various body parts and showing that there's more than one way to rip an eyeball out of its socket. Surprisingly, parts of The Beyond were actually shot on location in Louisiana, lending the haunting authenticity of a bayou atmosphere to this nonetheless quintessentially Italian thrill ride. The Anchor Bay DVD includes audio commentary, interviews, and a theatrical trailer.
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This surreal and bloody horror epic is considered by the fans of cult director Lucio Fulci to be his magnum opus. Like many of this director's films, it suffers from erratic pacing and a tendency to lean a little too heavily on blood and gore for cheap shock effects. However, those viewers who can get past these flaws will be rewarded with an often stunning slice of gothic horror whose highpoints make it worth sticking with. The meandering quality of the story line, often a problem in Fulci films, actually enhances The Beyond's overall effect by amplifying the film's dreamlike edge: As the story grows less coherent, the creepy imagery gets more frenetic and allows the film to create a "living nightmare" feel reminiscent of Phantasm. Fulci's direction creates a thick, convincing gothic atmosphere and he crafts a few sequences that are almost unbearably suspenseful, including a scene where the heroes try to elude a squad of zombies in an abandoned hospital and a scene where the blind mystic is menaced by the spirits of the dead in a darkened living room. Some of the supporting performances tend toward campiness (an element not aided by the film's rather goofy dubbing job) but The Beyond nonetheless features two of the best performances in a Fulci film thanks to its leads: Catriona MacColl is an appealing and strong heroine and David Warbeck makes a solid square-jawed hero as the doctor who refuses to believe the surreal goings-on are supernatural. Finally, the film's surreal atmosphere is sealed by Sergio Salvati's ornate, colorful photography and a spine-tingling score from Fabio Frizzi that evokes Goblin and Ennio Morricone in equal measure. In the end, The Beyond is probably a bit too intense and diffuse in its narrative for the average viewer but its raw power makes it worthwhile for anyone interested in Italian horror at its nightmarish extreme.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 652799000626
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Grindhouse Releasing
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Italiano
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,069

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katherine MacColl Liza
David Warbeck John
Sarah Keller Emily
Tony St. John
Veronica Lazar
Al Cliver
Michele Mirabella
Laura de Marchi
Technical Credits
Lucio Fulci Director, Screenwriter
Fabrizio de Angelis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Fabio Frizzi Score Composer
Massimo Lentini Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Germano Natali Special Effects
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Sergio Salvati Cinematographer
Vincenzo Tomassi Editor
Maurizio Trani Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beyond
1. Louisiana 1927 [3:23]
2. "You Ungodly Warlock" [1:28]
3. Crucifixion of Sweik [2:07]
4. Opening Credits [1:22]
5. Louisiana 1981 [:55]
6. "The Eyes." [1:51]
7. Room 36 Calling [:33]
8. Joe the Plumber [1:50]
9. Martha [:54]
10. The Mark of Eibon [1:59]
11. "Arthur!" [1:19]
12. Joe Gets De-Oculated [:38]
13. "My Name is Emily" [1:16]
14. Martha Looks For Joe [:29]
15. Emily's House [1:01]
16. Martha Finds Joe... and Sweik [1:15]
17. "Leave This Place!" [:28]
18. Autopsy Theater [1:50]
19. Signs of Life [:57]
20. DO NOT ENTRY [2:04]
21. The Gurney [:57]
22. Acid Bath [2:32]
23. Bourbon Street [2:05]
24. Joe's Funeral [1:57]
25. Emily Tells Everything [3:36]
26. Ghostly Footsteps [:57]
27. Opening Room 36 [2:43]
28. Crucified Spectre [3:18]
29. "You Wanna Buy the Book?" [1:47]
30. Arthur Fixes Joe's Mess [:42]
31. Lucio Goes to Lunch [1:22]
32. Tarantula Attack [4:14]
33. John Discovers the Truth [2:58]
34. Martha Cleans Room 36 [1:56]
35. Joe Nails Martha [1:37]
36. John Finds the Mark [:56]
37. The Undead Come For Emily [3:54]
38. "Attack, Dickie! Attack!" [1:07]
39. Bad Dickie [1:08]
40. Arthur Turns On Liza [2:40]
41. "Who Are You Liza?" [1:01]
42. The Gate of Hell Opens [1:45]
43. Back In the Hospital [:40]
44. The Dead Attack [1:20]
45. Liza Finds Jill [1:36]
46. "Harris!" [:45]
47. John Re-Loads [1:08]
48. Zombie Holocaust [:46]
49. Theater of Horrors [:58]
50. Jill Loses Her Head [1:35]
51. "Impossible!" [:19]
52. The Beyond [1:53]
53. End Credits [1:41]
1. Images From the Beyond [5:46]
2. Filming the Beyond [1:13]
3. Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck Interview [:56]
4. David Warbeck Superstar [2:17]
5. Lucio Fulci the Maestro [3:27]
6. Lucio Fulci & David Warbeck at Eurofest'94 [3:01]
2. Sergio Salvati - Director of Photography [5:21]
3. Franco Bruni - Camera Operator [1:12]
4. Giorgio Mariuzzo - Screenwriter [:35]
5. Maurizio Trani - Make-Up Effects [1:10]
6. Veronica Lazar - "Martha" [:21]
7. Catriona MacColl - "Liza" [:41]
8. Dardano Sacchetti - Screenwriter [1:45]
9. Fabrizio DeAngelis - Producer [2:11]
10. Giannetto DeRossi - Make-Up Effects [:50]
11. Fabio Frizzi - Composer [1:17]
12. Cinzia Monreale - "Emily" [8:05]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Beyond
   Catriona MacColl Intro: On
   Catriona MacColl Intro: Off
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Images From the Beyond
         Play All
      Voices From the Beyond
         Play All
      U.S. Re Release Trailer
      International Theatrical Trailer
      German Theatrical Trailer
      German Color Pre-Credit Sequence: English
      German Color Pre-Credit Sequence: German
      Necrophagia Music Video - And You Will Live In Terror
      Commentary
      DVD Credits
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Surround 2.0
      Original Mono Soundtrack
      Italian Mono Soundtrack
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
      Audio Commentary With Stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl: On
      Audio Commentary With Stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl: Off
   Play Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not too bad!

    I never even heard of this movie when I bought it, but it was cheap and it had a strange synopsis on the back cover. However, I was surprised how great a horror film this movie actually is. It's worth the few bucks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE FLOODGATE OF EVIL

    Here we go. Fulci at his best. The story is not to bad, the gore is mighty, and the ending is a killer. I can understand why it was withdrawn in Britain in the early 80's. Buy It now. Do not rent. This one's for keeps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It leaves you wanting more.

    Zombie films should be entertaining and this one is. Fulci zombies are always more realistic and rotting than the ones George Romero turns out. This movie isn't Oscar caliber material, but it wasn't meant to be. Anchor Bay did a very good job on this release. Although they did forget to mention that this DVD (the limited tin AND the regular edition) contains English subtitles, which can be turned on or off. At the main disc menu, click on audio setup and you'll see where the subtitles are at. The hearing impaired can finally follow this gem. I bought this without having ever seen it and I'm glad I did. The set used in the final scenes is incredibly atmospheric, unusual and moody, not to mention cool looking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MR. FULCI'S MASTERPIECE

    ONE OF THE BEST 4 HORROR FILMS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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