Beyond the Darkness (1979)
Director: Joe D’Amato
Main Stars: Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi
Storyline: A young rich man loses his fiancée so he digs her up, stuffs her and places her in a bed in the old house. Through this all he and his housekeeper try to find the perfect woman for him to replace the dead woman.
Review (Spoils): Frank (Kieran Canter) cannot get past the death of his girlfriend Anna (Cinzia Monreale). With the help of maid Iris (Franca Stoppi ) they clean the corpse up, stuff her and place her in the bed. This still does not brighten Frank’s mood so Iris starts to bring young women back to the house to help him out. But when they find out the family’s little secret they must be disposed of until Anna’s sister shows up.
This film is very over the top and dirty. The topics it touches makes you wonder if what you are seeing is really happening. We got lots of blood and gore in this film also such as the corpse cleaning, eating of a heart, burning bodies, fingernails, acid and just trust me lots of gore. The mind of both Frank and Iris makes you wonder which one is nuttier and the breast feeding scene is just downright creepy. This film has it all!
Rating: If you like a love film on the edge of necrophilia and obsession this one is for you. You’re not going to find another film like this one. This film is repulsive, perverse and just downright wrong and screams a classic Italian horror film. Grabs some beers and get ready for some horror sleaze for this little gem. Come on do it for Anna!
The Beyond (1981)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Main Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale
Storyline: A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana what she did not know is the cellar is sitting on top of one of the seven gateways to Hell.
Review (Spoils): We have the very talented and beautiful blonde and green eyed Liza (Catriona MacColl) who has had many jobs but her uncle left her an old hotel in his estate to her. She takes the time to get the old house fixed up to standards so that she can open it for business. One of her more main concerns is the cellar as it is leaking water (leaking is an understatement it is like a god damn sewer). One by one accidents start happening and the dead start to come back to haunt the house and the people involved around it. Bring on the zombies!
Take what you see with a grain of salt with this film; remember it is the power of Hell.Some of the scenes might not make total sense such as the acid spills on the mother when she falls or the tarantula scene. Outside of the wackiness of the film it is over the top on the gore factor and it is a classic Italian film. We have dog attacks, spiders eating tongues, lots of eyeballs being popped, blood everywhere and even a few acid melting flesh scenes. Even the blind eyes ( example is Cinzia Monreale ‘s character) from viewing the wastelands of Hell are well done Lots of the classic shock and gore that Lucio Fulci is known for.
Rating: This movie is way out there but so are a lot of Lucio Fulci’s films. The zombies are really well done and the gore is over the top. This director is one of my favorites in the horror genre and this is gem of a zombie flick.
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