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.
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!
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,…
Horror has always been one of my least favourite genres—which happens because I've grown watching the type of horror films I usually hate, which are the ones that try to be taken too seriously and that try to scare you using the most predictable tricks, using cheap jump scares to keep you interested in the story. I've always disliked that type of methodical and too careful horror films because I always found myself bored and anything but scared or disturbed while watching them.
Recently, I've watched several horror b-movies and I found that the horror genre can actually be fascinating and, above all, fun if it's put to good use. Take Fulci's The Beyond as an example, it's completely absurd,…
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.
"And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored."
The Beyond is my favourite Lucio Fulci movie (so far), a wonderful film from a man that hated eyeballs and loved blondes. In this gem, seven pathways to Hell are opened and all kinds of crazy shit spills out. That's exactly how I described the movie to a friend who had not seen it, because it doesn't make much more sense than that (which is the charm of it).
The movie has so much going for it - a beautiful lead actress, spiders gnawing on a man's face (LOL!), corpses nailed to walls, lynchings, skewered eyeballs, dogs ripping throats out, zombies, an amazing score from…
Marred (slightly) by characters
Too stupid to live.
FUCKING HELL!!!!!!! Arrow's Blu-ray of this is nothing short of spectacular. It's completely changed my perception of the film. It really brings out the beauty in the visuals, even to the extent of making me notice things I'd not appreciated before, such as the amazing focus racks that crop up time and time again.
And I can't put this down to the superior picture, but tonight it actually felt like a cohesive horror story for the first time. I no longer go along with the claims (excuses?) of "dream logic"; it all makes perfect sense to me now. (Although I hadn't noticed before that one of the leads appears in the 1927 prologue... maybe that did only become obvious with…
i like most of the lucio fulci movies i've seen but i guess the gates of hell trilogy is just not for me. i was mostly bored by this. of course the kill effects were great to watch and of course fabio frizzi kills it on the soundtrack. is it weird that one of my favorite things in italian horror and giallo films is the ADR?
This is probably still my favorite film by Lucio Fulci--though there are several more I have yet to see--because it's got a crazed urgency that I adore. Every other scene is a devastating set piece, one where texture and gross-out effects trumps narrative logic. You have to just go with the film and its oneiric logic, or you will find yourself completely lost in The Beyond. That's usually the way with gialli and Italian horror films, but I find this film especially effective since it relentlessly bullies you until you either submit or walk away.
Case in point: I rewatched this at the Landmark Sunshine to kick off my 28th birthday. It was a midnight show and in 35mm, too.…
"And you will face the see of darkness, and all therein may be explored." - The Book of Eibon
The first time I watched this movie was at a 24-hour movie marathon that some high school friends of mine were organizing in the late 80s. There were movies of all sorts, but mainly stupid action movies from the 80s. By the time The Beyond came on, most people were not paying much attention anymore, and were either drinking, talking and making jokes, or trying to chat up the girls who were present at the party. My eyes, though, were transfixed to the screen and the opening scene where Antoine Saint-John's character is nailed, Christ-like, to a wall ruined the whole…
Seen on 35mm at the Sunshine Cinema in New York.
So between this and Zombi 2 does Fulci have some sort of eyeball hate-fetish or something?
Completely bonkers, the plot seems like a total after thought which really shouldn't affect your enjoyment of the film at all. The whole thing has a dream / nightmare like quality. Also the gore is just outrageous at times. Highly Recommended for fans of this type of thing.
Interesting best describes Fulci's The Beyond. The visuals, score, effects, plot, tone and characters are all fascinatingly bizarre. The lingering gore makes me queasy and the entire affair has a unnerving, otherworldly quality.
Give yourself to it and be rewarded with a horrifically violent, ethereal and beautiful experience. However, if your not a believer then it may bore, confuse and annoy the shit out of you. That's 80's Italian horror for you.
Consider yourself recommended/warned.
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