Beyond the Darkness: Buio Omega
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I have been a fan of this movie since I first saw it on VHS as BURIED ALIVE 20 years ago or more. Despite some crazy lapses in logic (as typical for Italian horror films of this era), this movie is effective, horrific and disgusting even today. Director Joe D'Amato also made hardcore porn films, and BEYOND THE DARKNESS aka BUIO OMEGA - even more so than his first horror film, ANTHROPOPHAGUS - is very much like hardcore horror. Very little is left to the imagination. Since the effectiveness of a film like this relies heavily on the special effects, it gets high marks for a couple of very convincing effects, notably the embalming sequence and the scene in which one woman has each of her appendages removed with a meat cleaver. Even with gore effects like that, there is something to be said for a film that can make the viewer most queasy simply by showing a woman sloppily eating her dinner.
A beautiful Italian villa adds to the film's atmosphere and feelings of isolation. Also to be said about the film itself is that it features an excellent latter-period score by the Italian rock group Goblin.
The Blu-Ray disc is a significant upgrade over the previous Shriek Show DVD (also included in the package). Anyone looking for an upgrade in picture quality will no doubt agree that we have one here in what is obviously a brand new HD transfer. Colors are natural and vibrant and the grain is very film-like. The audio track is also very much improved over the DVD, resulting in the music, dialogue and sound effects much less muffled without sounding as if heavy noise reduction was used.Read more ›
The story isn't very complicated, the main character has a beautiful fiancee who dies tragicly and he also practices taxidermy as a hobby, need I say more. Everything one could possibly want from a film of this genre is here, it's heavy on style , there are some great gore scenes and of course nudity. What sets this film apart though is the scene in which the girls body is being enbalmed. This is filmed with some genuinely great effects and a good eye for realism leading many to wrongfully beleive that real cadavers were used during filming.
The DVD is outstanding, the picture and sound quality are great. I especially liked an interview which comes as a special feature on the disc with actress Cinzia Monreale who also played Emily in 'the Beyond' and spends most of her time on screen in this film playing a corpse, including a long scene of being naked and disected on a table. It's cool cos she is still amazingly beautiful and energecticly funny during the interview (despite some very unimaginative questions from the interviewer) as she reveals that she actually dislikes horror films and also says that she has no problem with being naked on camera :)
Overall this is a solid DVD presentation of a film any true Euro-horror fan will love.
The story is this and it's quite sick as this being next to Cannibal Ferox (Make Them Die Slowly) the most revolting disgusting piece of filmmaking ever captured on screen , and I have a strong stomache too but was unable to stomache the atrocities in this film ...so thats why it has a special place in my heart.
It involves a taxidermist with a messed up childhood who enjoys the pleasures of a cold blue dead body...enough said
If you want to go on a diet ..I guarantee 1 viewing of this film will make it so you never eat anything again
I would have to say that this movie is really good, but I also have to go on the record as saying that it wasn't really as "insane" as people had stated. In fact, after reading some of the reviews here, I was severely disappointed in what I found. Being a fan of "shock cinema," I was looking forward to insinuated necrophilia, oceans of gore, the horror aspects, plus all the other "holy grails" this movie seemingly offered. Instead, I should have listened to the disclaimer on the movie that stated a bit fewer depictions of graphic yumminess. In truth, I thought the movie was a little gory, a little violent, entertaining, but ultimately a bit tame. That said, the movie is worth watching and horror buffs will still enjoy themselves.
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oh man a must have for every horror for every horror fan and fan of a great storylinePublished 18 months ago by angela silvester
This film is still banned in some countries?! If it was banned for the hokey acting and story line, there may be some merit in that. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Dale Perry
A good bit of depravity from one of Italy's masters, Joe D'Amato, I recommend this only to those with nerves of steel.Published on December 11, 2013 by LMangumFiction
For a 70's movie this looks very good on bluray, nice picture and sound, it has a great story that's really well done for the time with a good cast and some good gory effects, the... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by SDX
I saw this movie a long time ago and never remembered the name but did a search and found it. It is not for everyone to watch and it can be morbid but if you're into that go for... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Ruth L. Cox
This company , shriek show was putting some of their titles on blu ray. Only sadly they stopped doing this and have left the blu ray market mostly. Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by Michael Dobey
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