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Beyond the Darkness (1979)
"Buio Omega" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  1 June 1984 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Kieran Canter ...
Frank Wyler
Cinzia Monreale ...
Anna Völkl & Elena Völkl
Franca Stoppi ...
Iris
Sam Modesto ...
Mr. Kale
Anna Cardini ...
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Jan, hitch-hiker
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Walter Tribus ...
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Disco Girl
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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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A fate worse than death!

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Inspired the lyrics to the song "Deathmask Divine", by Michigan-based melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder. See more »

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Whilst Anna is in the casket her chest moving as she breathing. This should not happen as she is supposed to be dead. See more »

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Great Italian Horror/Sleaze
26 September 2003 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

BEYOND THE DARKNESS is a "classic" of Italian horror, directed by notorious sleaze-meister, Joe D'Amato.

Frank is a pretty f'ed up guy...his wife died and he's having problems coping with the loss, so he does what any normal, well-adjusted person would do - he digs her up, embalms her, and keeps her in his house to fondle whenever he feels necessary. Frank also tends to have a penchant for murder, as he kills a few of the local girls seemingly just for the hell of it. The weirdo female caretaker of Frank's estate goes along with all of this and even helps in disposing of the bodies because she has a crush on him. Eventually she convinces Frank to marry her, Frank agrees, and everyone lives happily ever after....well....not quite.

BEYOND THE DARKNESS is one of my favorite 70's/80's Italian horror films. Plenty gritty and sleazy, D'Amato's stylistic fingerprint is all over this one. Some really great scenes (wife embalment, forced-fingernail removal, meat-cleaver-limb-removal-to-acid-bath-body-disposal - among a few others...) make this one a real treat. Not for the squeamish, but definitely for those sickos that love sleazy, visceral horror. 9/10


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