We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
Fulci doesn't go for the juggler he goes straight for the eyeballs (Figuratively and Narratively) and delivers visually terrifying imagery that incensed the censors and made mainstreamers tinkle a little in their pants!
Final Word: Where the heck has this movie been my whole life! It's the perfect mood setter for Halloween!
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.
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,…
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.
We blind see things more clearly.
It's not a case of whether or not you like horror films, it's a case of whether or not you like this genre of horror film. Calling it a schlock film or gorefest doesn't do it justice though. It doesn't take into account that there is some truly talented filmmaking going on here behind the most disgusting things you've ever seen on screen. It's atmospheric schlock.
The plot is simple and yet makes no sense at times. The dialogue is ludicrous in some spots. The actors seem like they are completely disconnected with what's going on in some scenes. The special effects are cheap in one scene and realistically gruesome in others. Needless…
Can't help but consider this somewhat-psychedelic non-linear Fulci film as a bridge between the chopped-up psychological horror of Roeg and the music video-influenced aesthetic of Rob Zombie. And for this viewer, The Beyond also successfully mimicked the structure of nightmares: Settings are established and returned to regularly, yet the geography that connects one to another is never properly established, nor is any sense of time passing. No indication is ever given that the terror may eventually end. And while one can doubt Fulci's visual intentions were so grand, his fixation on the destruction of the eyeball - throughout the filmography, and occurring on screen no less than three times here - suggests a conscious effort to create an idiosyncratic viewing experience. Cinéma du look.
Malato, visionario, eversivo.
Lucio Fulci ci conduce nell'altro mondo e ce ne mostra tutte
"The Beyond" has to have one of the most dire endings in the history of the cinema. Grim.
Fulci at his most sublime (of course those contact lenses & that road & the closing sequence, but also the shots of Cinzia Monreale cowering in the darkness just before she dies, the blob-like pool of acidic mom-ooze creeping across the morgue floor towards the little girl, & even the downtime shots of Catriona MacColl nonsensically chatting with her beau as a New Orleans jazz band plays in the background) continually rubbing elbows with Fulci at his most absurd (that interminable three-minute death-by-tarantula nonsense, yet another Zombi eye-death homage, & the nominal hero's chest-chest-brain zombie shooting pattern), with Fulci failing to truly take advantage of the friction. I would've preferred a version of this story that dialed back the goo & emphasized the apocalyptic atmosphere…
I was a little worried going into this, but I decided to make a go of it. I made myself some pasta and sat myself down ready to go. I then quickly realised I was going to need to stop the movie and eat the pasta first, because the film begins with some pretty nasty violence and gore that really threatened to put me off my food.
This, more than any of the other Lucio Fulci movies I watched, has pretty much no narrative arc. Sure there are characters with specific identitities, but what they are doing in the film and how they are developing as people is anyone's guess. Some events in the film seem to happen entirely at…
The plot in this film solely exists so that Fulci can get to the next gruesome death scene. The effects in this movie are amazing, and still hold up really well. Sure some of the death scenes make little to no sense....like tarantulas ripping off a guys skin, they are still visually appealing enough to warrant their existence. Asides from the deaths, and the amazing musical score, it doesn't bring too much new to the table. A woman inherits an old Hotel from her uncle that ends up being one of the seven gateways to hell. They keep mentioning the fact that there are "seven" gates so I wonder if this was intended to start off a horror franchise that would introduce each gate. Regardless a must see for horror fans due to outstanding effects alone.
Some great effects and gross-out tricks, but I can't help feeling that if this is Fulci's best then I don't need to spend that much time exploring him.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House with Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…