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The Beyond (1981)

Cast: Katherine MacColl, Katherine MacColl, David Warbeck, more...
Director: Lucio Fulci, Lucio Fulci
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Slashers, Supernatural/Occult, Italy, Zombies, Ghosts, Italian Horror
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
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This gruesome Louisiana-set horror film opens with a 1927 prologue featuring a Satanic artist being crucified and melted alive with quicklime in the basement of an old hotel. Half a century later, pretty Liza (Catriona MacColl) inherits the hotel, not suspecting that it is one of seven gateways to Hell. A workman breaks his neck, another has his eyeball gouged out by a zombie, a woman's head is melted by a vat of acid, and an architect has his face eaten by hungry tarantulas who chew out his tongue. Dozens of cannibalistic zombies attack Liza and her disbelieving lover (David Warbeck), who joins her in Hell in the film's downbeat conclusion. The gory special effects by Gianetto de Rossi and Germano Natali are nauseatingly effective, although the script (by Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo and director Lucio Fulci) tends to wander and the pacing is a trifle slow. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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Fulci-o-Rama by JCunningham August 14, 2005 - 2:42 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Now THIS is what Italian horror is all about. Also known by the title "The Seven Doors of Death," TB has a very detailed plotline, loads of shocking gore and an unpleasant, eerie undertoe of the unspeakable and ghastly supernatural. And you can't beat damnation when it comes to a theme for all that is horrific. A Fulci classic and masterpiece, to be sure. TB is grimey and grim, moody and spectacular in its imagination and invention. If this doesn't leave you feeling spiritually vulnerable and spooked, nothing will. And the gory scenes are excellently crafted to be both stylish and revolting. I personally found the ending to be quite horrifying. Some may not. But I think everyone who loves a good horror movie will put this one on their all time favorites list.

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