Beyond

Beyond

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Director: Lucio Fulci

Cast: Katherine MacColl, David Warbeck, Sarah Keller

     
 

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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… See more details below

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.

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:
01/01/2003
UPC:
0011891980241
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Tgg Direct
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

Full length feature film; Fully restored and enhanced digital masters; Chapters - direct scene access (go straight to your favorite scenes); Original graphics; Interactive menus; Biography

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katherine MacColl Liza
David Warbeck John
Sarah Keller Emily
Tony St. John Actor
Veronica Lazar Actor
Al Cliver Actor
Michele Mirabella Actor
Laura de Marchi Actor

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

Side #1 --
2. Start Movie [22:52]
3. The Door Is Opened [22:46]
4. The Walking Dead [24:20]
5. Welcome to Hell [14:10]

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