Lucio "King of the Eyeball Gag" Fulci made his name with a series of gory, gooey horror epics, and The Beyond stands above all as his outré masterpiece. The largely incoherent plot has something to do with a turn-of-the-century curse and a doorway to hell in the cellar of an old New Orleans hotel. Fulci shows his usual sensitivity with wooden acting, clumsy dialogue, and buckets of oozing blood and pus, but don't let that get in the way of enjoying this mad tale of zombies from hell invading Earth and eating their way through a cast of humans: crucified martyrs, blind... visionaries, creepy hotel handymen, befuddled cops, and a plucky pair of heroes desperately fleeing a horde of hungry undead. The blood-red art direction is eerily beautiful, and Fulci's relentless long takes, punctuated by jolting shock cuts and eruptions of grotesque violence, create a mood of sheer paranoid horror right down to the final, mind-bending image. And don't forget the Fulci claim to fame: eyes are gouged out, eaten away, melted with acid, and (shudder) popped out by a spike through the back of the skull. Yech! If you dare ignore such piddling details as narrative logic and let yourself get carried away on the creepy visuals, it's a deliciously stylish treat, an edgy bit of Gothic gore pitched in all its bone-crunching, flesh-ripping, organ-splatting glory. This sadistic, sanguinary hell-spawn tale is for gore-hounds only. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com [show more]
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Italian horror directed by Lucio Fulci. Liza Merril (Catriona MacColl) inherits a run-down Louisiana hotel and decides to restore it to its former glory. But the renovation work gets held up by a series of bizarre murders involving killer dogs and zombies, leading Liza to suspect that something might be wrong with her new acquisition. Aided by her friend Dr. John McCabe (David Warbeck), she begins to investigate and soon discovers that her hotel is built upon a gateway to Hell...
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Only death awaits in The Beyond! Lucio Fulci s masterpiece of face chewing spider action, milky eyed psychics, face melting embalming fluid and rotted, flesh-crazed Zombies returns in all its blood splattered, surreal and grossly disturbing glory for a new generation of Horror Kids! If your new business venture is sited on the cursed gateway to the hell dimension of The Beyond, then maybe it s time to move elsewhere but Liza (Catriona MacColl) is determined to make her New Orleans hotel work, until strange things start happening, people vanish and her waking thoughts are haunted by a ghostly blind woman who seems to hold the answers to the whole bizarre fever-dream. As reality breaks down and the plot explodes, Liza must journey far from everything she understands and descend in The Beyond... The Beyond is Fulci s Zombie masterwork as he assaults his audience with shock after head spinning shock, all the while leading up to one of horror cinemas most heart stopping finales. The Beyond drives sane men mad and leads others to murder. Dare you step over to the other side? SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Standard DVD presentation of the film, totally uncut! Optional English and Italian Audio options presented in oroginal English & Italian Mono Audio and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Introduction by star Cinzia Monreale Audio Commentary with Antonella Fulci and Calum Waddell Audio Commentary with David Warbeck and Catriona MacColl AKA Sarah Keller: Cinzia Monreale remembers The Beyond Catriona MacColl Q&A from the Glasgow Film Theatre