The Beyond (...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà)

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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.

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  • Aug 12, 2017
    It can be amusing for those who love gore and fun special effects, but Fulci must have been completely stoned when he made this ridiculous movie that doesn't make any sense at all (who cares about plot, right?) and is only a bafflingly stupid mess full of awful performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2013
    "The Beyond" is a slightly plot-less, surrealist, and frightfully gory horror film that remains cult to this day, and for good reason. For a film that doesn't have much plot, and dives between characters without building them up to take the blows, there's a lot that remains memorable and entertaining about this Lucio Fulci classic. It deals with a lot of horror staples and expands on traditionally taboo topics such as extreme gore and killing innocent characters. The characters in this film are pretty forgettable and one dimensional in personality, though Emily the blind girl does stand out, not for her character, but what she means to the overall storyline. Little is explained in the film, as the director wanted, so it's not clear where Emily came from, what her connection is to the hotel, and why she is blind, but there are clues, scattered around the film that vaguely answer some of our questions. That and her dreadfully mangled eyes stand as a symbol for the rest of the film, gracing the movie poster as well as most film stills. The story remains fragmented because Fulci throws in a lot of different horror staples including haunted house, zombies, a doorway to hell, and gore upon gore. The zombies were added because the distributor noticed that there was a zombie trend at the time, similar to nowadays. Raising the dead via curse, and using a doorway to hell under the hotel was an interesting expansion of zombie lore up to that point, and further raises questions such as: Why do only some people get raised in the beginning but at the end all corpses rise? Why are people going blind? Does it have anything to do with the ending, which it seems to emulate? Not everything is cut and dry, and that's something horror films of today can learn from. Exposition is tirelessly thrown in to explain why things are happening nowadays. This film may be vague, but it lineated in plot and carefully imagined its visuals and gore. The gore scenes do stretch way too long in some instances, especially the tarantula scene, and the characters are no good, but everything else made this film a classic cult film.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2013
    The Beyond is a very overrated Italian/horror film that is incomprehensible. The film is filled with creepy atmospherics, insane gore and is probably one of the most unique zombie films of the past, but different doesn't always lead to a good film. I just couldn't take it seriously, whether it was intentional or not, the script was a mess and laughable and the scares weren't effective enough as they could have been. The soundtrack was also a hit and miss, with some of it being completely out of place. The horror cult classics that came out during the same year like The Evil Dead etcetera were miles better, The Beyond just doest stack up. Definitely one of the most disappointing Italian/horror cult classics out there. The characters were pretty illogical, doing most things people should not do in horror movies. For example, not shooting a zombie in the head, what a waste of bullets you fool! The other is hooking a clearly dead person to a heartbeat monitor, really! The acting was mostly just horrid to me, with overreaction to not enough reaction to what is happening around them. Catriona MacColl, who plays Liza Merril, a young woman who inherits an old hotel in Louisiana, is definitely easy on the eyes and carries the film quite well, she makes it bearable. The other standout was Cinzia Moreale (as Sarah Keller) who plays a blind woman pretty effectively, who comes out of nowhere into Liza's life to warns her about the sinister hotel. Good effort from those two, but the hackneyed script consumed them and everyone else. The late Italian/horror director Lucio Fulci definitely made strange, one of a kind horror films. The type of films you don't see being made anymore, but The Beyond's plot had major development problems that were a huge distraction from everything else. Lucio goes wild here though, with a hypnotic, nightmarish atmosphere, intense close up shots of ghoulish imagery that will stay with you. The film is out there and beyond, too bad the rest of the film wasn't as lavish. To me his best and creepiest film is The House By The Cemetery. Overall, not the horror extraordinaire people make it out to be, nor is it complete trash. The Beyond goes by its own beat and it's as clear away from mainstream as one film can get. None of it was clear though and just got lost in its own spiral of wackiness, at the end all I was thinking was WTF did I just watched? 5.5 out of 10
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2013
    Possibly my favourite out of the Gates of Hell trilogy. Set in rural Louisiana, a woman who inherits a hotel that contains the gates of hell, as she renovates it, the gates are once again open, all hell breaks loose. Like many of Fulci's films, the plot did not make much sense, but it's one of the most violent films ever made. The make up and special effects were the best I've seen, the acid pouring scene for example, was the most disturbing thing I've ever seen. I love the "eyeball shocks" in the film, Fulci has this amazing fascination with human eyeballs, and he effective conveyed his fetish in this film. It's a great horror film that shocks and let you never forget.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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