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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!
That being said, the transfer to Blu-Ray is AWESOME. The picture is STUNNINGLY great! The sound quality is equaly as good. Seeing some of said features, while they didn't need said Blu-Ray treatment, are also equally well done. And having the Movie score/soundtrack, while not necessarily a feature I usually go for with most collections, was very neat to have. I wound up driving to work listening to it. Overall I give this 3 Disc Collectors Edition an A + (Amazon Rating of 5 Stars)
The only reason, and I mean the ONLY reason, I am giving this Film a 4 Star Rating is the simple fact that I don't find this film as good as his other work. Like "Zombie 2" or "House By The Cemetary". But please don't take the 4 Star rating as a reason NOT to buy this Edition. By all means, I truely feel this Editon of Grindhouse's "The Beyond" is EXCELLENT. And is well worth the money to purchase it. If you like Fulci & enjoy is work (or just simply enjoy Italian Horror Genre Films), than by all means, this Edition by Grindhouse is one of the supior editions I have bought. I personally am glad that I bought it & am enjoying it.