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,…
One of the best movies. It is filled with atmosphere, great gore and an amazing score.
Actually, I just realized I watched this instead of Ikiru.
that this film....
may be more enjoyable...
BUT I SWEAR!!
Only on a gore-level.
No way Kurosawa can top Fulci on that level!!
So, to make a point...
I'm gonna bump the rating on this one up to three stars.
And I'm gonna give it an adorable little orange heart.
Also, I'm planning on putting more lower tier cinema in my upcoming summer vacation. So plz drop some silly recommendations!!
... 'cause you don't come into a fucking Fulci-film for an overtly intelligent plot. You watch it for the gore, the mysterie and exactly the scenes you were expecting after you read the synopsis on the back cover of your DVD. It probably won't be a surprise, but there will be major spoilers up ahead, but then again, horror films can't get any more joyfully predictable than this.
...you know that when a yuppie couple buys a hotel or any other type of building and starts renovating it, they will encounter some sort of unnatural force from "beyond" (Oooooh... the pun is strong with this one).
...you know that if there is such a building, there were previous owners…
I loved it. I loved the shoddy camerawork. I loved the '70s porn music. I loved the complete lack of explanation as to what was going on.
Some of the scenes were definite turn-away-from-the-screen horror. Some of the props were so damn obviously props but it didn't matter because what was happening was actually a little sickening.
Don't watch this if gore happening to eyes isn't your thing. There was a lot of that.
@kelley watched this straight through at 3AM. What a bad ass.
That sepia colored opening sure sets the mood. Damn. And things get even nastier after the time jump. Forget about an ingenious story, award worthy acting or clever lines, this is Fulci doing what he knows best. Creating a surreal nightmare filled with big buckets of gore. It's grungy, spooky and downright disgusting once the FX artists start doing their dirty business. And Fulci takes his time showing it. Eye popping stuff in a film that combines the supernatural with another sub genre. Yes, there are dirty, rotten undeadies here as well. A horror gem soaked in acid, pus and other fluids you don't like to see. Lesson? Do not enter a hospital with a sign that says Do Not Entry. Favorite scene? The headshot. I took a long, hot shower after this one.
Italian horror is always a toss up for me, so imagine my surprise when I liked this way more than i thought i would. I think the problem for me is that I usually can't get into the director's head to see his vision and usually walk away thinking, WTF? (and not in a good way). But here, not only do i "get" it, bu there's also scene after scene full of YES! The tarantula scene alone gets all the points in my book, as if i wasn't already deathly afraid of spiders, watching someone's face get torn off bit by bit by a pack of vicious tarantulas is the definition of my personal horror. Then there's that ending! Simply awesome! Highly enjoyed this one
If you're watching The Beyond expecting a cohesive narrative then you're fucking up.
Perfect last scene is perfect.
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