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.
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…
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…
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!
It seems like I love this movie a bit more every time I watch it. It might even be my favourite Fulci film after this watch. The gore is top notch, the sense of dread is overwhelming. It's a nightmare on film.
Now if only that idiot Doctor would learn to shoot the zombies in the head, not in the chest.
Watched again with the commentary track from stars Catriona MacColl and a slightly juiced David Warbeck.
This twisted little mess of a movie from the acclaimed "Godfather of Gore" is part of a loose trilogy named "The Gates of Hell" and is quite possibly the most bloody, vile, grotesque film I have ever seen. It isn't particularly disturbing or fucked up but there are some truly horrible, grimace-inducing scenes involving face-eating spiders, acid to the face and nails sticking out of eyes. I'm not complaining though, I put the film on for this very reason and my penchant for physical effects (so much more fun than the CGI nonsense we see in The Walking Dead) combined with some laughable dialogue, acting and pacing made this a memorable experience. The thing about Fulci is, he is a…
This is a Lucio Fulci film. It is not my least favourite Lucio Fulci film.
Easily Fulci's best horror film with a moody atmosphere and a lot of grisliness.
Great gore effects. One of those WHY movies. Everything that happens in the movie or every weird decision by the filmmakers just makes you think WHY.
I'm starting to think I'll never completely warm up to Italian horror movies. I definitely liked this more than City of the Living Dead, but it was still fairly uninteresting and slow for the most part. The gore, though, holy hell, so much to love there.
I kept thinking, while watching The Beyond, that it was a shame that I was watching it on my little television, instead of the 3-D it was obviously made for. The eye-popping and grabby claws and the long, weird two-lane bridge were all made for 3-D, right? Well, no. I did some reading afterward and couldn't find any mention of 3-D for The Beyond. Shame.
I did see that this film earned an X-rating. It's a well earned X. Not for nudity or sexuality, there's none of that. I can't even recall any swearing. Acid on the face? That we have by the gallon. Evil in The Beyond is really evil and not satisfied with just killing you, it wants…
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