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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 ...
Sam Modesto ...
Mr. Kale
Anna Cardini ...
Jogging victim
Lucia D'Elia ...
Jan, hitch-hiker
Mario Pezzin ...
Walter Tribus ...
Klaus Rainer ...
Edmondo Vallini ...
Detective #1
Simonetta Allodi ...
Disco Girl


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 <>

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A fate worse than death!


Crime | Drama | Horror | Romance


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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 »


When Anna's body falls out of the closet, you can see that she has her eyes fixed on one point, thus moving her eyeballs upwards as she falls down. After she was exhumed, her eyes were replaced by prosthetic ones, which were fixed, thus preventing movement. Obviously it were here real eyes which she couldn't keep still. See more »


Referenced in Guardian of Hell (1981) See more »

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Admirably sleazy Italian "classic"
31 December 2003 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

D'Amato's adherence to all things vile and sleazy sometimes produces rubbish. In the case of BEYOND THE DARKNESS, he's delivered something great.

The theme is necrophilia and obsession. A man obsesses over his recently deceased girlfriend and beds her in his country house. Sexual intrigue with his maid livens proceedings and a sequence in which a hitchhiker has her fingernails removed is the one to write home about.

I'm not reluctant to say it: I love stuff like this when it's relentless, made without guilt, and moves at a quick clip.

The Goblin soundtrack feels just right and the special make-up effects are more than adequate.

D'Amato achieves a vile, putrid, rotten atmosphere with this gem, and you can't fault the guy for that, can you?

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