Friday, 19 July 2013

Horror Review: The Beyond (1981)

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

In our genre a name can be enough to make you want to watch a film, Lucio Fulci is one of them. 

In this second part of Lucio Fulci's 'Gates Of Hell' trilogy (also including "City Of The Living Dead" and "The House By The Cemetery") we are treated to Fulci's warped and disturbing vision, which is no bad thing at all. When it comes to Fulci's films you know what you're in for and this film doesn't disappoint. 

Despite it's low budget nature the film had some truly great effects, huge kudos to special effects and make up artist Giannetto De Rossi who did some amazing work and they're truly effective. 

The actors did a great job in their roles and are completely believable, especially our lead actress Catriona MacColl who pulls you in and makes you care about her character. Fulci always had a special touch in bringing out the best in each actor, especially when it came to showing fear.

True the film does have a minimal plot but that's not what it's all about and as I said earlier, "When it comes to Fulci's films you know what you're in for". It's mainly about the visuals and these visuals will stay with you for a very, very long time.

This is a true Fulci Masterpiece and is highly recommended viewing for any Horror fan.

If you want to see "The Beyond" trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

The zombie rampage was done at the insistence of the film's German distributors whose movie market was going through a zombie craze. 

Director Lucio Fulci had his Zombie star Tisa Farrow in mind for the lead in this film, but Farrow had left the acting profession. 

Lucio Fulci makes a cameo as the librarian who goes out to lunch, right before the Architect is attacked by the spiders. 

During the final scene in the Beyond's abyss, the sand-covered bodies lying on the ground were actually stark naked street derelicts, who were "paid" in alcohol.  

The role of the blind girl Emily was originally offered to Stefania Casini who declined it. 

The DVD commentary by actors Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck was recorded two weeks before Warbeck's death from cancer. In the commentary he talks about his illness. 

This film was never seen in America in its uncut form until 1998, when Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures, in association with Grindhouse Releasing, tracked down the original master and restored the film, playing it at midnight shows at selected cities. Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing is a film editor, and used a shot from this film in the spider-bite dream sequence in Spider-Man. 

Swedish rock band Europe based the song 'Seven Doors Hotel' from their first album on this film. The lyrics are a basic retelling of the plot of the film. The song became a big hit in Japan, and is still a popular track at their live shows. 

'The Book Of Eibon', featured prominently throughout the film, is the creation of American pulp fiction author, poet and fine artist Clark Ashton Smith and is a recurring text associated with the so-called "Cthulhu Mythos" cycle of literature. The book, which deals with various arcane subjects including the resurrection of the dead, demonic magic, parallel dimensions and other black magic subjects is alleged to have been imparted to the infamous necromancer Eibon by the ancient devil-god Tsathoggua in a remote prehistoric epoch. 

E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilĂ  when translated means and you will live in fear, the afterlife. 

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