CULT, HORROR AND EXTREME CINEMA.
A list of narrative, documentary, and short films featured in Phil Russell's 2012 book "Beyond…
A nihilist gaze into a droning synth void of disembowelments and pale beautiful corpses spread stiff in lush boudoirs, Beyond the Darkness feels like a nightmare of a gore fetishist wearing a human mask. That Goblin score (sans Simonetti) really sucked me into dark oppressive nothing like a slow-drag undertow into a damaged brain.
Unspooled bowels, embalmings, pliers ripping fingernails (I hate it!), corpse gropings, peeping cadavers, acid baths, and flesh melting off skulls. Way to sear into my brain and stay there, Beyond the Darkness!
I've seen this twice now, and I'm still not sure who the hell Joe D'Amato even made this for. It's easily the grossest Italian horror film ever made, which is a pretty big feat, given that this came out not even a couple of months after Zombi 2 really kickstarted the big Italian splatter cycle.
I like this one a lot, but it's a film that I feel weird recommending to others -- maybe the soundtrack, but not the movie itself.
My favorite thing about D'Amato movies is that they don't feel a need to win you over as an audience. "Have a nap, leave me on in the background. It's cool. I get it." Not even being ironic here, for someone who loves napping it's like a match made in heaven.
I commute about two plus hours a day and I spend that time watching movies on my Ipad and today I chose to watch Beyond the darkness only for the reason that the bus was almost full. Just for the thrill of it. Is this why some people have sex in public?
With that said, Beyond the dsrkness wasn't as grisly as I remember it. Oh, it's nasty alright with a couple of really fucked up evisceration scenes but somehow…
So I mistakenly bought this instead of Beyond Darkness '90. And well what can I say, it was a mistake I can live with haha. So so wrong, so sick but I had a big smile through most of it. So did my fella. What have I done to him? When I met him all he watched was old comedies and other feel goods and now he sits there booing at the end of Trick 'R Treat cos you don't see the kill on screen ahaha.
This is horrid on so many levels, the perfect example of Italian horror!
Cannibalism, nudity, torture, gore and all set to a soundtrack by Goblin.
If that sounds like your kind of thing it's currently up on YouTube but unfortunately it's an English dubbed version.
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I think It’s time I stopped this mini La Casa binge, Witchery reminded me why I don’t revisit them often and Beyond Darkness is a slight improvement over that with its absurd mixture of Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, and The Exorcist slathered in unfortunate pacing issues.
This is probably the second or third time I’ve watched this hoping for a different reaction, hoping that it would be one of those gems that just strikes a chord out of nowhere and becomes a sleeper pick for a “hey I’ve overlooked this!” scenario. Hopefully next time that’ll happen!