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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Cast: Kieran Canter, Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, more...
Director: Joe D'Amato, Joe D'Amato
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Shriek Show
Genre: Horror, Italian Horror, Cannibals
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English
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Joe D'Amato, notorious director of numerous Euro-porn epics, manages to exploit even more perverse theme material in this necrophiliac love story about a disturbed young taxidermist so bereaved over the loss of his fiancee that he exhumes and preserves her corpse to keep him company. When the stuffed cadaver no longer offers erotic satisfaction, he sets out with the help of his spooky housekeeper to find a new bride, murdering any prospects who don't measure up to his twisted standards -- or sometimes just for the fun of it -- and dissecting them in his convenient in-home mortuary. As grotesque and graphic as this film may be, it is made all the more grim by its straightforward dramatic presentation (as if this were no more than a slightly off-kilter romantic tragedy), with atmospheric photography and a moody score by Goblin. Viewers who might consider the devouring of a human heart in poor taste are advised to avoid this film. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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Supposedly almost legendary... by Emomovieluver January 16, 2003 - 8:36 PM PST
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
"Beyond the Darkness" will come across as a pretty extreme movie to American sensibilities though for Europeans, it's probably pretty tame. Beginning with the death of a lover, the movie first would appear styled in the vein of something along the lines of "Re-Animator" but as the film progresses, it degenerates into a necrophelia slasher flick. The best thing about the movie is the pseudo techno, rock score by Goblin. Acting-wise there's nothing to rave about and the film no doubt looses much in the English dubbing. I read much about director D'Amato and was very interested in seeing what the fuss was about. Though extreme in it's subject matter, the film never rises above conventional Euro-horror and while the gore FX is effective for it's time, it comes across uninspired at best these days.

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