RUN TIME- 87 MINS
WRITERS- DARDANO SACCHETTI, GIORGIO MARIUZZO AND LUCIO FULCI
STARRING- CATRIONA MACCOLL, DAVID WARBECK AND CINZIA MONREALE
DIRECTOR- LUCIO FULCI
Synopsis taken from IMDb
A cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir of the hotel wants to restaurate it. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, a plumber vanishes and her friend breaks his neck. When she escapes to the hospital of a friendly doctor she doesn't know what a nightmare is waiting there.
Here I am again after watching yet again another Fulci classic. This was one I've heard of my whole life but it slipped through the cracks and was forgotten. Until I made my post on head shots and saw the scene from The Beyond. That put this movie back at the top of my list.
The movie starts of with a violent and brutal death, very gory as well. So I was hooked right away.
The make-up in this movie was well done for the time, and isn't anything I haven't come to expect from Fulci.
The blind eyes were probably the creepiest part for me, it reminded me alot of The Sentinel (1977) and the old priest sitting in the window. White eyes always creep me out, especially on women. And in this film it truly added a haunting feeling to the characters who had these.
There was alot to this movie that I didn't understand, including the ending. I don't give away spoilers but let's just say that if you don't understand it you aren't alone.
The zombies in this film were the slow retro type that us horror lovers have come to love. I personally prefer faster zombies because I find it scarier when a zombie chases you rather than be left in your dust trail. But I'm not knocking the slow zombies, they're OG, so they win whenever they're in anything.
Like all Fulci movies, the gore and deaths in this movie were awesome! Brutal as hell. One thing you're getting into with every one of his films is a nice bloodbath/gore-fest. If you haven't come to expect this by now then you don't know Fulci.
I think Fulci's films are more notorious for being brutal and controversial due to being some gruesome. I believe that is why he's been such a success in the horror genre. While most of his movies aren't very good, they're forgivable because all in all it's a really bloody slaughterfest that's entertaining and fun to watch.
And last but not least the head shot scene in this movie is jaw dropping as I've said before. The little red headed girl takes a pistol blast straight to her little possessed brain. Horrifying stuff.
THIS FILM GETS 3 REAPERS OUT OF 4