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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Beyond (1981)

When Lucio Fulci does gore, he elevates it into an art form.  This is not your ordinary torture porn with buckets of blood spraying and girls screaming for hours on end.  Fulci somehow manages to find beauty in blood and the effects in this film are unlike anything  else you’ve probably ever seen, unless you’re a massive fan of Italian horror.

The Beyond is one of Fulci’s best.  He directed it and helped with the screenplay.  The first scene alone is a total attention grabber as a warlock is brutally executed by a lynch mob in 1930‘s New Orleans.  Flash forward to the present day when a young woman inherits the old hotel and begins restoring it.  Little did she know that the hotel is built over one of the entrances to hell!  You know where it goes from there!

Cinematographer Sergio Salvati [Zombi, City of the Living Dead] is to be credited for helping Fulci craft the look of this film.  His work reminds me a great deal of Zombi which is my favorite Fulci film.  The Beyond is dreamlike and unflinchingly brutal.  It’s not for everyone but I admire the skill that is employed in the creation of this film.

So, it depends upon what kind of horror you like.  If you’ve got the stomach for a little gore, this film will take you somewhere you’ve probably never gone before!

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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