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The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places... And on the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth! From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. THE BEYOND is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!
- Audio commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck
- Rare on-set interview with director Lucio Fulci
- Lost German pre-credit sequence in full color
- Necrophagia music video directed by Jim VanBebber
- Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun
- New 2008 intro by Catriona MacColl
- Cast and crew interviews
- Still galleries and poster art
- Theatrical trailers
"A full-throttled supernational splatter classic. A perfect 10!" -- The Conoisseur's Guide to Contemporary Horror Films<br \><br \>"A towering masterpiece... one of the most compelling, audacious and hyper-gory zombie films of all times. THE BEYOND rocks pure and simple." -- Chas. Balun, GOREZONE<br \><br \>"Lucio Fulci's masterpiece. The screen's scariest zombie movie ever! " --Tony Timpone, FANGORIA
"THE BEYOND does not disappoint." --Roger Ebert, THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Unrelenting excitement... a truly original haunted house thriller." --Tobe Hooper, director of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE
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I had heard of this movie under a different title (the 7 Gates of Hell ) as I recall. But saw this bluray version and was in a mood for Italian. I ordered it going by reviews and having just watched Bava for the last two nights.
This film is quite good and really has some really tense gore scenes. It has a story but I did have trouble following parts. The horror and gore is the fun part. But the tale of a witch who is brought back from a gruesome death at the turn of the century. Then proceeds to raise havoc with descendants of his family and the descendants of those that persecuted him is the story being told.
The effects are good. But this was made way before CGI so bare that in mind when viewing. Most Italian Horror Fans will enjoy Fulci's efforts. Some great scenes done on limited budget and looking great. The past Masters of Horror can still carry the day and this film shows how and why!
I'm a pretty big fan of Lucio Fulci, but people often forget he was a filmmaker who can actually tell a story that makes sense and that is very suspenseful without the over the top gore his later films would feature. Seven Notes in Black AKA The Psychic and Don't Torture a Duckling are prime examples of his talents as a filmmaker that I urge even people who have disliked his work to search for. The Beyond is hailed by many as his masterpiece, but I still go with Don't Torture a Duckling.
As I've gone back and searched for Fulci's early to mid 70s work I have found myself starting to lose patience with his splatter era. Movies I once loved I now think are alright and I say to myself what happened to this filmmaker who did such amazing work? The Beyond does suffer from the typical 80s Fulci problem. The plot is very incoherent and nothing ever is really explained thus making it for me a little frustrating.
If you want gore though you will very much find it here. Giannetto De Rossi did the gore F/X and this just might be his very best work of his amazing career. You have eyes being ripped out, a face melted by acid, tongues ripped out, ears ripped off a throat ripping that features a fountain of blood and gun blast to the head, which leads the head being blown to pieces. This is where the reputation of The Beyond stems from; this just might be Fulci's goriest and the F/X are just as good as any out there and are a million times better than any CGI.
But the fact so little is explained plot wise does for me take away from the film. The screenplay written by Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo & Lucio Fulci isn't very good. This might be a low budget 80s horror flick, but still not a logical excuse. While the plot is interesting nothing is ever really explained. The characters are quite stupid, some more than others and while there is a hint of a plot had things been better explained it easily would have made up for any flaws.
As director Lucio Fulci does put together some nice scenes of suspense and his gore shots are wonderful. Fulci's most popular run is from 79-82 and while this is one of his stronger outings from that era I wouldn't rate it as one of the best. While The House by the Cemetery might be just as incoherent that one has an eerie feel that I felt was lacking at times here. That's not to say there isn't any suspense and or tension, there's plenty of that, but I just felt it was lacking at times.
The late David Warbeck played Dr. John McCabe and has to be one of the dumbest characters I've seen. And when I say dumb, I don't mean in a fun way. He shoots the zombies in the body than finally does a headshot, which kills the zombies. The next few are headshots than for whatever reason he begins to shoot them in the body than the head. That was just damn annoying.
Warbeck though does a solid job despite playing a rather idiotic character. The rest of the cast is also good; one time Fulci regular Katherine MacColl stars along with Antoine Saint-John, Cinzia Monreale (under the name Sarah Keller) and Fulci regular Al Cliver.
The Beyond despite all the flaws does make for a fun time. The pacing is pretty good so you'll never be bored and the gore is simply amazing. This one is insanely gory. Like I said I do enjoy The Beyond and I do very much enjoy Fulci's splatter flicks, but after watching some of his earlier work and seeing what a terrific filmmaker he was (not to say he wasn't in the 80s), but after seeing how he can tell a coherent story that was well written my patience aren't what they once were with his splatter era. But again despite any flaws The Beyond remains one his stronger efforts and makes for a great double feature with City of the Living Dead as both deal with the gates of hell.
A young woman inherits an old, abandoned hotel in Louisiana that happens to be built on top of a gateway into the netherworld populated by the undead. People begin dying in mysterious accidents, eyeballs are gouged out, flesh-melting acid is spilled onto faces, tarantula spiders attack, dogs go mad and turn against there owners, and the dead return to life in order to drag the living into hell!
It's nice to watch a film that doesn't play by the rules that most "haunted place" movies tend to be regulated to! And any movie that features a fight scene between a zombie and a dog gets top marks in my book!
"The Beyond" is not yet available in America on Blu-Ray, so this region-free Arrow Video Blu-Ray from the United Kingdom is definitely the way to go for the hardcore fans!
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