Thursday, April 22, 2010
FULCI LIVES: The Beyond
This is one of those horror movies that I will never get sick of watching. I've watched it at home and on the big screen. I've shown it to friends and family. It always gives me such great delight to show and recommend "The Beyond" to others. It's my favorite Lucio Fulci film (believe it or not). Sure it's almost 30 years old and the special effects aren't what you call "spectacular" but it does entertain. It's filled with mild scares and lots of gore. Gruesome would be the word to use when describing "The Beyond." The film takes place on a remote and cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways. Becoming a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, chunk-blowing chain-whippings, sulfuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. It's just the stuff that Fulci is known for!
If you haven't seen this movie then I suggest that you should. You can get it online at a good price. The more recent DVDs come with special features and the original unrated, uncensored director's cut. If you're new to the genre, I suggest watching "The Beyond" in small doses. It's really violent - Like seeing someone getting their eyeballs ripped off of their face. It also features one of the best head shots known to mankind. Ever see a bullet burst through the head of a possessed little girl? It's pretty fucking awesome! It you enjoy the film, I also recommend getting the soundtrack. It features all the music that's played in the movie. I happen to find the soundtrack to be pretty relaxing.
Keep coming back to the blog. Soon we'll have more miniture reviews on Fulci's films. Check back soon for posts on ZOMBI 2, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE NEW YORK RIPPER and CAT IN THE BRAIN.