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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Buio Omega (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
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A young embalmer who recently lost his girlfriend digs her grave and brings her body to his family villa to keep her with him forever, with help from a strange woman who lives with him. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.

Director:

Joe D'Amato

Writers:

Ottavio Fabbri (screenplay), Giacomo Guerrini (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kieran Canter ... Frank Wyler
Cinzia Monreale ... Anna Völkl & Elena Völkl
Franca Stoppi ... Iris
Sam Modesto ... Mr. Kale
Anna Cardini Anna Cardini ... Jogging victim
Lucia D'Elia ... Jan, hitch-hiker
Mario Pezzin ... Priest
Walter Tribus Walter Tribus ... Handyman
Klaus Rainer Klaus Rainer ... Doctor
Edmondo Vallini Edmondo Vallini ... Detective #1
Simonetta Allodi Simonetta Allodi ... Disco Girl
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Storyline

A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous of his attentions. He digs his girlfriend up, cleans her out, stuffs her, and puts her in bed at the mansion. Following this, he tries out and disposes of a series of young maidens, trying to find the right replacement for her, and the disapproving housekeeper helps him with the disposals. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

A fate worse than death!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Darkness See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Franca Stoppi signed on to act in this film without reading the script beforehand. Moreover, Stoppi replaced another actress who was originally cast as Iris. See more »

Goofs

The intruder takes pictures of Anna after her body fell out of the closet, but the position of the body doesn't correspond with the position in the photograph: in the photograph, you can see her left hand touching her robe, while in "reality", her left arm wasn't near her robe. Her right arm is resting on her belly in the photograph, while in reality it is next to her body. See more »

Alternate Versions

The austrian Cassette called Blutiger Wahnsinn is one of the two full uncut versions with german language. The Film was copied from the france master, so the old title Sado-Stoss das Tor zur Hölle auf is missing in the pre-credits. See more »

Connections

References The Third Eye (1966) See more »

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A true masterpiece of the macabre.
23 December 2007 | by coldwaterpdhSee all my reviews

Say what you will about the acting, the music, the script, or even the plot of this potent and disturbing flick...it hits you like a ton of bricks and leaves you with a dropped jaw, hungry for more.

It's ashame that D'Amato didn't make more films like this. His repertoire includes a few cannibal flicks and lots of porn. This, along with "Anthropophagus," stands out as his most effective work. With "Beyond the Darkness," it's like he set out to make the most horrific and disgusting slasher flick he could fathom, and he pretty much hits the nail right on the head. There is something deeply disturbing about several scenes in this film. The bathtub scene, along with the housemaid eating the stew scene are among some of the most disturbing scenes I have seen in a film ever. And I've seen my share.

All this being said, "Beyond the Darkness" is a film that can be watched over and over. D'Amato somehow still keeps it fun. Unlike other extreme horror films of the era, it remains watchable. To think that he made a film like this with what was, no doubt, a tiny budget, and it came out so beautifully unflinching and nihilistic, is nothing short of genius. "Beyond the Darkness" is one of the coolest movies I've ever seen. And like a fine wine, (made from blood and guts and acid,) it just keeps getting better with age. Watch it with your mom.

A solid 9 out of 10, kids.


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