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  • Actors: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John, Veronica Lazar
  • Directors: Lucio Fulci
  • Writers: Lucio Fulci, Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo
  • Producers: Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Aquarius Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305972052
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beyond" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Rare On-set Interview with Lucio Fulci
  • Music Video: Necrophagia/And You Will Live In Terror - directed by Jim Van Bebber
  • Audio Commentary with Stars David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl
  • Lost German Color Pre-Credit Sequence and Main Titles
  • Still Galleries

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Lucio "King of the Eyeball Gag" Fulci made his name with a series of gory, gooey horror epics, and The Beyond stands above all as his outré masterpiece. The largely incoherent plot has something to do with a turn-of-the-century curse and a doorway to hell in the cellar of an old New Orleans hotel. Fulci shows his usual sensitivity with wooden acting, clumsy dialogue, and buckets of oozing blood and pus, but don't let that get in the way of enjoying this mad tale of zombies from hell invading Earth and eating their way through a cast of humans: crucified martyrs, blind visionaries, creepy hotel handymen, befuddled cops, and a plucky pair of heroes desperately fleeing a horde of hungry undead. The blood-red art direction is eerily beautiful, and Fulci's relentless long takes, punctuated by jolting shock cuts and eruptions of grotesque violence, create a mood of sheer paranoid horror right down to the final, mind-bending image. And don't forget the Fulci claim to fame: eyes are gouged out, eaten away, melted with acid, and (shudder) popped out by a spike through the back of the skull. Yech! If you dare ignore such piddling details as narrative logic and let yourself get carried away on the creepy visuals, it's a deliciously stylish treat, an edgy bit of gothic gore pitched in all its bone-crunching, flesh-ripping, organ-splatting glory. This sadistic, sanguinary hell-spawn tale is for gore-hounds only.

The DVD features chatty but largely jokey commentary by David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl and an alternate German credits sequence featuring Fulci's preferred sepia-tinged prologue (but no alternate footage). --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

I wouldn't really say I enjoyed or loved this movie, it was so grim and nasty I probably won't watch it again for awhile.
Kitten With a Whip
The Beyond is also one of Fulci's best movies and many fans of that director will list this as the "numero uno" horror film of all time.
OverTheMoon
Anyways, The Beyond starts out well, and ends well, but going the whole way through in between can just get kinda... boring.
S. Morales

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Amazon.com Customer on October 27, 2000
European Cinema was the first to release THE BEYOND on DVD. Then Anchor Bay put out their version. To compete with the studios that have more money, Diamond Entertainment released THE BEYOND under its old American title, THE SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH. They did NOT use the old, butchered print of DOORS. Diamond used the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio print that European Cinema used, which is the same one Anchor Bay used. I have all 3 of these DVD's and the title and extras are the ONLY difference. There is NO missing footage in any of these releases. Some people post their comments based on old VHS movies they saw years ago. If you want the economy priced version of THE BEYOND, then get SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH. If you want the version with the audio commentary, you'll have to buy Anchor Bay's version of THE BEYOND. I'll say it once again: This version of SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH is exactly the same, scene for scene, as Anchor's release of THE BEYOND, only the titles and extras are different.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 1, 2002
(Note: the subject line is taken from the DVD booklet, and is all too true.)

The Beyond (Lucio Fulci, 1981)

Many hardcore fans of Italian horror cinema consider The Beyond to be Lucio Fulci's best film; more than one will likely opine, if you ask, that The Beyond is the finest Italian horror film ever made. While that's probably stretching the case more than a little (I still prefer Fulci's raw, almost unbearably campy Zombie), there's a whole lot to be said for The Beyond as loads of fun. Without doubt, it is one of Fulci's brightest moments. (Note that all description below is from the uncut version on the Anchor Bay limited edition DVD, and as I've never seen the cut version released to theaters, some of what is described below may not sound familiar to those who have already seen the movie, which had a theatrical re-releases in 1998 as Seven Doors of Death.)

The Beyond takes place in the Louisiana bayou country. It opens with a scene in 1927 detailing the brutal lynching of Sweik, an eastern European of some sort who the natives believe has placed a curse on the town. During his lynching, Sweik protests that, in fact, he's the only person keeping the town from falling under the curse. Needless to say, they mob doesn't listen to him, or a very short film we'd have. We then skip to 1981, as our heroine, Liza (Fulci regular Catriona MacColl, seen most recently in the well-received 1998 film A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries), inherits the hotel where Sweik was staying at the time of his unfortunate demise. The place is haunted, especially Room 36, Sweik's room. As well, the basement is constantly flooded, and no one can figure out why. A plumber is dispatched to find the source of the water, and in his attempt he instead finds the source of the hauntings.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dave. K VINE VOICE on November 8, 2008
Format: DVD
I already reviewed The Beyond so if you wanna see my thoughts on the film itself just go through my reviews until you find it. This review is mainly for the DVD.

Many people hail Lucio Fulci's The Beyond his masterpiece though I would have to disagree with that and go with Don't Torture a Duckling, but The Beyond was a solid flick in the career of Lucio Fulci, which is best remembered for the crazy amount of gore, which believe me this film has plenty of. While I did enjoy The Beyond as I've gone back and watched some of Lucio Fulci's movies from the 70s I've sort of lost patience with his splatter flicks. While I still enjoy The Beyond and some of his other movies from the splatter era, but when compared to such movies as Don't Torture a Duckling, The Psychic and even Zombie his later work fails a bit in my opinion. But with that said The Beyond is still a solid movie by Fulci.

The new DVD released by Grindhouse Releasing is the same released a few years ago by Anchor Bay. Anchor Bay released two versions on DVD. They released a standard DVD with very little in the way of extras and they released a limited edition tin chock full of extra features. Grindhouse Releasing has re-released the limited edition tin (without the tin case) and normally I would give a negative review due to it being the same exact disc. But the reason I'm giving this DVD release such praise for one reason; the Limited Edition is now long out of print (same for the standard DVD).

Getting yourself a copy of The Beyond isn't easy to do that goes for both the Tin and standard DVD and if you are lucky enough to come across either you'll have to shell out a lot of money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kaijuking54" on June 23, 2001
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Previously available in a butchered version titled THE 7 DOORS OF DEATH(with a completely new synthesizer score), Fulci's THE BEYOND can finally be enjoyed in its uncut, widescreen entirety. Though once again Fulci throws logic out the door, the film functions nicely as a nightmarish descent into Hell. Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck both give solid performances(this despite the dubbing) which allows the viewer to sympathize with them as their world is brought crashing down around them and they are plunged into a waking nightmare where the dead walk. Fulci uses odd camera work, strange color schemes and bizarree music(Fabio Frizzi'a very Goblin-esque score) to create an atmosphere of mounting terror that doesn't let up until the very end. Anchor Bay has done an excellent job(as usual!) on this film. It looks and sounds absolutely fantastic(many times better than the pan-and-scanned, faded 7 DOORS). Kudos to them for allowing classic Italian horror to be seen in the US the way that it should be. If you like your horror on the offbeat and gory side then look no further than THE BEYOND.
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