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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
Coincidentally, when I decided to finally watch The Beyond on blu-ray yesterday, it was exactly 3 years to the day that Richard and I were in Rome anxiously sitting outside of a cafe where we were going to meet and subsequently have drinks and chat with Fabio Frizzi and his lovely wife. It was a surreal moment in time that I will cherish forever. As I sat there next to the man who has scored some of my favorite films of all time, I'm surprised I was even able to compose myself (I just rolled my eyes , but I'm not disgusted enough to delete the pun). At one point I awkwardly extended my arm across the table to show…
A short report of me watching the Beyond:
Cool, opening gore, that's always good!
YES! A house built on one of the gateways to hell! This can only get better!
Why am I listening to seventies porn music all of a sudden?
Cool, some gore.
What's up with the blind chick with the creepy eyes?
Why is everyone screaming all the time?
Again with the porn music.
What's up in the morgue? Why is everything happening in slow motion? Why is the little girl blind now? WHY?
Everyone is screaming again.
Now books are disappearing all of sudden.
Lightning in the library? Where did those spiders come from? AND WHY ARE THEY MAKING KITTEN NOISES???
Bit of porn music.
"ATTACK DICKY! ATTACK!!!!"
Logic? Fuck logic! The Beyond defies logic, and with that delirious defiance, the feeling is as woozy and nightmarish as can be. Wounds burst with sickly substances, blood flows like a rollicking river after a storm, and the makeup designs are just terrific. Lucio Fulci's southern splatter flick, just like many hallmarks within the Italian horror genre, is flawed in regards to its characterizations and its hilarious English dubbing. It doesn't bother me, especially when the imagery is so eerily lush and the sounds are disgustingly primal. The Beyond is simply a mesmerizing horror tale, and I can't recommend it enough.
Oh, and those fucking spiders. It's some of the goofiest shit I've ever seen in a movie. Fulci, you were a man of wonders.
Just as I thought I was starting to make real progress with regard to understanding Italian horror, along comes The Beyond and suddenly I don't think anything will ever make sense again.
It's not because I didn't understand the plot of The Beyond. I got that part. I just don't think I get Lucio Fulci's style and I don't get why both films I've seen from him so far have such shit music. I'm not singling him out for criticism on that front, by the way. It just strikes me that Italian horror's method of creating atmosphere and adding to any nervewracking visuals was to have trumped up porn music wow-wowing…
So, maybe building a hotel on top of a portal to the underworld wasn't such a good idea.
This is Lucio Fulci we're talking about here, so the gore is absolutely off-the-walls bonkers. People's bones appear to be made of no more than marshmallows, and their heads have a bad habit of turning into plaster molds in between shots. But far from ruining the film, this plays into the surreal experience it offers. Like all great horror, this is a story about the fragility of our social fabric and what happens when our symbolic network begins to disintegrate (we all turn into plaster marshmallow zombies).
Personally I had trouble connecting to the film, although not due to any fault of…
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"And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored."
The Beyond is my favourite Lucio Fulci movie (so far), a wonderful film from a man that hated eyeballs and loved blondes. In this gem, seven pathways to Hell are opened and all kinds of crazy shit spills out. That's exactly how I described the movie to a friend who had not seen it, because it doesn't make much more sense than that (which is the charm of it).
The movie has so much going for it - a beautiful lead actress, spiders gnawing on a man's face (LOL!), corpses nailed to walls, lynchings, skewered eyeballs, dogs ripping throats out, zombies, an amazing score from…
This screening featured Fabio Frizzi performing a brand new score live with his 6 piece orchestra.
I attended with SMALLS.
I [heart] ungodly warlocks.
More blood than an episode of Monday Night Raw during the late 90s. Fantastic.
#26 Hoop-Tober 3.2.1
A young woman inherits a hotel, unfortunately not only is it in a state of disrepair, but it also happens to be built on top of one of the seven gateways to Hell.
The most alarming thing about The Beyond is not the horror, the melting faces, the eyeballs which are pushed, squeezed and pulled out of sockets or the elongated carnivorous spider attack, it's the apparent indifference of the authorities.
People are dying left right and centre in the hotel, long dead bodies are popping up, women are having their faces melted off and no one seems that bothered. Where are the Police? The morgue at the local hospital is filling up and there's not sight…
The Beyond is a film I’ve been meaning to see this for a while. Ever since the glory days of my video nasties intrigue during High School were I devoured as many Italio-horror films I could find. Of course I remember Zombi 2 vividly, it’s an off brand zombie classic. It germs so well as the antithesis of Dawn of the Dead’s satirical edge and wit. Zombi 2 is so brain dead but one cannot deny the brilliance of some of its sequences such as the shark vs. zombie, the ending fire, and the boat in New York harbor. It has its own brilliance. Its creative energy fuelled City of the Living Dead, which I hardly remember. I believe it…
I'll gladly refer back to the review I wrote a year ago for Fulci's City of the Walking Dead, because I have the exact same points to make.
Poor pacing, an inappropriate and obnoxious musical score, bad acting, virtually no characterization, a sucky ending...I really, really don't like late 70s and 80s Italian horror, it seems. Good cinematography and good effects, but I just don't care about anything that's going on. The horror here tends be more on the laughably bad and (especially) on the annoyingly stupid side, it just doesn't work. The Beyond is a mess.
Featuring a live re-score from Frizzi & co. Fulci gore in a church is a definite highlight of my year in film so far.
Hooptober 3.0 10/31
For all the film's focus on death and hell (the plot revolves around a gateway to hell), Fulci seems primarily concerned with decay. The frequent death scenes happen at lightning speed, but the aftermath of their death - melted by acid, eaten by spiders (?!?!) - stretches on and on. This is partly for shocking gore, sure, and the effects are splendidly done, but coupled with the run-down state of the Seven Doors Hotel the film shifts its focus to rot and decay, particularly around the human face (Fulci has an eyeball fetish, it would seem). The more work that goes into restoring the hotel, the more human identity is distorted and destroyed, a scathing critique of materialistic gentrification in contemporary society. Indeed the antagonists seem to strike while people are hard at work, culminating in a labyrinthine climax in the soul of the still-decaying building.
Hooptober Rules: 3/6 Countries, 3/5 Director Challenge (Fulci)
This is one of the strangest things ever. This is a movie that feels more akin to a nightmare. It has no real plot past a basic synopsis: A woman buys a motel that's built on one of the 7 gates to Hell.
Past that it just feels like a strung together jumble of scenes of gore and supernatural phenomenon. So why the fuck did I love this so much??? This is, in my book, the definition of experimental art horror. There's nothing about it that feels like a cohesive narrative. Nothing fits together or make sense. And somehow it works beautifully to create a surreal, bizarre film that leaves you watching the screen in awe and discomfort.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, but still want to squeeze a film into your daily routine, this list is made for…
so much of horror's appeal for me has to do with breaking apart the influences of patriarchal-heteronormative-cis/sexist-white supremacist-neoliberal capitalism & all…