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.
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.
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…
Woe be unto him who opens one of the seven gateways to Hell, because through that gateway, evil will invade the world.
A suggestion - don't watch The Beyond whilst on an aeroplane, you'll get weird looks off people who're wondering why you're watching a film in which someone getting their eyes squeezed out is pretty tame.
Anyway, after a prologue in a hotel in 20's Louisiana we're thrown forwards to modern day at the same place. Emily has just inherited the hotel and after a few crazy events she learns that it's built on one of the entrances to hell! Don't tell the Realtor!
Well the first thing to say is: what on earth. The Beyond is…
Hitchcock's definition of cinema is "a succession of images," Lucio Fulci's bold incoherence honors it as a sensory experience: The blind girl (Cinzia Monreale) presses her fingers to a canvas, a bell shrieks, she runs off with bloody palms. Kicking it off is a Louisiana calvary slathered with sepia and unspeakable violence -- a lynch party seeks a warlock and bricks up a gaunt aesthete behind a wall, though not before crucifying him and dissolving his face with acid. The unholy setting is a rotting hotel built on an infernal gateway, decades later its owner (Catriona MacColl), an English bird by way of New York City, comes to New Orleans to repair it. Evil streams out in a parade of…
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Fulci es el Leone del horror. Algunas notas para des-abaratar mi comparación:
- "Adrian Martin has described all of Leone’s films as “odes to the human face”, and the director delighted in alternating between stunning wide-screen panoramas and close-ups of his actors’ faces and eyes, often within the same shot."
- "Leone's close-ups are more than just reaction shots: the combination of the faces and unusual use of space within the frame lend his images a surreal quality that just serves to add to the otherworldy atmosphere".
... iba a poner más, pero el browser se empezó a trabar con tanta pestaña abierta, y letterboxd no te deja grabar, y #htmlproblems y demás. Pero bueno, se dan una idea por dónde va.
Fulci's anarchic nightmare takes the zombie film one step further into the realm of bizarre and odious -- the Zombie Quartet progresses from semi-conventional to phantasmagoric with each succeeding film. Once acid hits condemned Schweick in the face amid the pre-title sequence, dread and doom ooze throughout the proceedings like an infectious disease. Stripping any and all rationale from the goings-on further amplifies the effectiveness (and inherent terror) of Fulci's mephitic imagery and hallucinatory rendering; the climactic use of spatial disorientation -- leads David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl travel from hospital to hotel cellar to purgatory in a matter of seconds -- is supremely outré. So consistent/cogent is Fulci's realization of horror as sensory experience that, ultimately, censurings of illogical…
This, as is the case with most of Lucio Fulci's horror films, requires a different approach and expectation compared to a standard movie-going experience. First of all you should be prepared to perpetually and drastically stretch suspension of disbelief, and leave expectations of narrative and linear storytelling at the door. Whether or not the results of this film are intentional, all of the "non-traditional" elements add up to make a surreal and jarring film. Basically you're given a loose framework to go by, and once that is (kind of) established, mayhem ensues and doesn't stop. Approached as though you are wandering in a subconscious nightmare reality, the movie is thoroughly enjoyable. Highly imaginative, ultra-violent set pieces are the focus that…
As Fulci movies go this is a true gem. As normal movies go this is rubbish. If you stay up late to watch the Oscars or the Emmys well dont waste your time with this. You wont understand it.
Amé la primera escena y amé aún más la última. Pero lo mejor de todo, son sus tomas: perfectas. Esta joya vale la pelicula: pbs.twimg.com/media/BwL5hYTCAAAAY3L.jpg
65% screaming, 33% guy gets face eaten off by spiders and 2% actual plot adds up to 100% fun?
This was the most, terrifying film, I have ever seen.
I mean, terrifying, like beyond words, its not particularly my taste, in some scenes like the mother of that red head girl dies, was the worst thing I have ever seen on screen, any horror fan must watch this, you haven't seen nothing yet. It is utterly revolting. A true, I mean T.R.U.E. horror film.
"I tackle hell with an ever more metaphysical elaboration than Gates Of Hell. My idea was to make an absolute film. It's a plotless film, there's no logic to it, just a succession of images."- Lucio Fulci on "The Beyond".
Pretty spot on. Fulci directed some shit but he also directed some gold (in the eyes of his fans at least) and this film definitely shines and glimmers above his others to me.
For some odd reason I feel like everyone in Fulci's best films were all on different pages to create his masterworks. Usually great art, especially when it involves more than one person, takes a group of people all working in unison to the same idea. Pink Floyd…
After reading my first "review" of The Beyond I felt so embarassed of myself that I had to delete it. It's incredible how much I have changed from the beggining of 2013 to nowadays...
Rewatching The Beyond was almost like a first time as I barelly could remember any of it, which is enough proof that I never actually paid attention to the film. The hellish imagery, the brutality of the gore and the heavy tematics are some of the ingredients that compose this truly terrifying experience, which offers no relief whatsoever and jus throws the viewer into a nightmare.
A definitive obscure 80s ghost story. With Zombies. And Disappearing books. And plenty of gore effects to last.
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