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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
Excellent film. I saw it when I was a kid. It creeped me out both then and now.Published 19 hours ago by ABPrice
I was disappointed here. Being used to, and enjoying, the American horror movies of Tobe Hooper, which are surprisingly less graphic, all the while delivering far more 'fright'. Read morePublished 5 days ago by J. G. Lewis
Ok. Here we go. "And you will Live In Terror!'' in the late Lucio Fulci's gruesome and rotting masterpiece - LÁldila (The Beyond). Read morePublished 6 days ago by Joshua B
Transfer is beautiful. This movie has never ever looked better.
I was hoping for more Extras but that's just me being greedy because there's a lot of great special... Read more
Southern gothic by way of Italy-- creepy and weird with excellent special features!Published 1 month ago by Eustacia P. Cornfeather
Lucio Fulci's Italian Splatter Horror fest means a great deal to me
Due to the fact it's the first Fulci Film i discovered late in my Collecting
I'm gonna share... Read more
I love old horror movies and this past year, I saw an awesome movie called Suspiria. It opened my eyes to the Italian horror film genre and I thought I would watch another classic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Keely M.
The Best! Don't have time for a long review. Go ahead and check "Not Helpful".Published 2 months ago by james ver weire