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The seven dreaded gateways to Hell are concealed in seven cursed places… And from the day the gates of Hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth.
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.
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"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…
I'm pretty sure when David Warbeck blasts that little girl's face apart is still one of the greatest moments in horror, Italian or otherwise.
Oh yes, Letterboxd, I've seen this film before. I've seen this film so many times before that I think I know every shot, every bit of exaggerated foley, every awkward music cue — and I love every second of it. The Beyond wasn't the first Fulci film I ever watched, but it was the film that turned me into a mega-fan. Weirdly enough, when I first sat down to watch it (I was probably about fifteen), I hated it. The total lack of story, characters doing the strangest things with no explanation, and, of course, the goofy fake spiders... I couldn't handle it. But after that first viewing, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I ended up watching it again…
I loved it!
gory nonsense... a classic
Re-watched this Fulci classic to prepare myself for the Projection Booth Podcast.
Has there ever been an auteur as divisive as Lucio Fulci? He’s a filmmaker completely barricaded in a labyrinth-like brain where the walls are patterned with bad acting and a visual ugliness, but the entire pathway to the exit is always intensely realized and, oddly, hard to not think about long afterward. I’m usually hit-or-miss with his ouvere, but "The Beyond" really struck a chord with me. Not only is the movie full of trademark quirks (from his camp charm design to his rhythmic editing), but by the time the final scenes come around (depressing as ever) you just really can’t get your mind off of how naturally scary the ideas are delivered here. Thanks to this film’s thematic strength, it’s hard for me to complete diss the fans who find him a master.
Prolonged and sustained moments of excessive, low budget gore (watch out for those spiders). Poor acting accentuated by audio dubbing. Some confusing logic (I'm told this is because the film should essentially be treated with the logic of a dream). The fact that the guy couldn't seem to figure out the zombies needed to be shot in the head to die drove me insane. But I did like the artful final scene, some of the imagery (the lone blind woman on the long stretch of road) and a few unexpected twists.
Lucio Fulci is one of my favorite horror directors of all time.. BUT I've somehow never fuckin seen The Beyond. I've owned the Grindhouse Releasing version of this movie for a couple years now and I've never gotten around to seeing it. Finally tonight I sat down for the first time and soaked it all in.
Fulci, as I said, is arguably one of the best Italian directors of all time. The Beyond is another crazy gore fest which is fairly light on story. The kills are extravagant and always excruciating. Italian horror always has this real dreamlike quality to it that has to be seen to understand. Awesome movie, but I'm certain modern audiences probably will not enjoy it. Stick to your Platinum Dunes, shaky cam remakes.
It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's pure giallo, through and through, with some of the absolute best special effects to come out of the sub-genre.
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