Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Film #20 of Hoop-Tober
Scariness level: Eyes/10
I don't want to write a review really as I'm in a state of apathy towards currently writing reviews; partially because I'm tired of writing when I'm sure no-one actually reads them, and also I'm not actually happy with what I write. But, I'm sort of obligated (as per rules) to write something. So admittedly, after this hoop-tober challenge is over, I'll be taking (hopefully taking) a short break to concentrate on writing elsewhere. Not a different website: but different mediums of literature which will hopefully keep me engaged and not negligent.
Onto the film. I sort of liked it. Mostly for its violence which is very extreme and super-extended. Other than that,…
Lucio Fulci ist eine Persönlichkeit in der Splatterscene und im Rahmen meiner Zombiefilm Sichtungen steht jetzt halt italienisches exploitation Zeuchs an.
Fulci kann aber leider nix, aber so gar nix, außer wirklich sehr ekligen und zugegebenermaßen ziemlich guten Effekten hat der Film nichts zu bieten.
Die Story ist natürlich hahnebüchen, man kann von so einer Art Film aber auch keine sozialkritischen oder philosophischen Ansätze erwarten sie sie etwa in Romeros Zombiewerken zum Tragen kommen, hier zu kritisieren wäre also kaum angebracht.
Die Regie allerdings ist unter aller Sau, nicht mal die simpelsten Begebenheiten werden verständlich umgesetzt, einige Szenen waren tastächlich nicht zu entschlüßeln und diverse male wurde mit extremem Dilletatnismus wohl so etwas wie künstlerische Qualität angepeilt.
Wie man aus Quatsch künstlerisches Gold machen kann hat in Italien z.B. Argento gezeigt, von seinen Qualitäten ist Fulci aber Lichtjahre entfernt, schade um die verschwendeten Efekte und die geraubte Zeit.
I wanted something over the top and gory , I got that exactly. It's pretty terrible in almost every possible way and doesn't make the slightest bit of sense but it just somehow works for a film like this . Saying that , this wasn't really for me overall . I wanted there to be much more gleefully gory parts and less nonsensical badly dubbed dialouge but unfortunately we got the latter here . I wish the director went full on crazy like he did with occasional moments but for the entire runtime instead and then the film would genuinely be ridiculously entertaining the whole way through.
Everything you want in a horror film.
This movie is ass.
If the story was as good as the visuals, this would be a five star film.
Grind house Video Blu-ray (owned)
The first half was quite dull. The score is very good as well as the gore. The acting was ok. The second half is much better and lots of zombies are involved. The ending is really good.
April 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Film #4 / Task #17: A film with 3 or more writers.
I really wanted to like this film. I was excited about my first real foray into the world of trashy Italian horror beyond (heh) Argento's filmography, but it turned out to be a disappointment. Now, I love me some incoherent schlock, it's just that for all its gratuitous gore, The Beyond ultimately struck me as bloodless. It lacks the kind of manic energy called for by its premise and plods along from one lackluster death to the next. It has some nice cinematography and editing and that's about it.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…