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

 -  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 ...
Jogging victim
Lucia D'Elia ...
Jan, hitch-hiker
Mario Pezzin ...
Priest
Walter Tribus ...
Handyman
Klaus Rainer ...
Doctor
Edmondo Vallini ...
Detective #1
Simonetta Allodi ...
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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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 »

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The Sick twisted world of Joe D'Amato.
12 June 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Aristide Massaccesi a.k.a Joe D'Amato directed Buio Omega in the early 80's. Back in the day when movies weren't accused of being the cause of violence in schools and nonsense like that, filmmakers as D'Amato dared to stretch the limits of what can be seen in a screen. The gory scenes in his movies are not unintentionally funny they look like awful and painful, and D'Amato uses incredibly long shots in these murders shots. That is the main difference between his films and the American production to set an example Underrated as only an exploitation director D'Amato showed he had a trademark mixing gore and sex. He tried to take horror to the extreme without making a parody.

The plot is quite simple, out of this simple story we get a collection of bizarre strong images. The gore is hard as a punch in your nose. This rawness makes Buio Omega unique as one of the most extreme pieces D'Amato made (along Anthropophagus). As we watch the hideous acts of this taxidermist we are surprised because he is not judged using the old trick of put phrases that make him look evil. Buio Omega is almost a silent movie. The moral view is on the viewer not in the filmmaker. But the last act has a common moral resolution that could let the people feel they are living in a just right world. The place you probably will find Buio Omega is an old rack of a dirty old video store, the kind of video that is found only for those treasure-seekers of unseen rare films.

The music of Goblin is adequate for this kind of production; with their intense tunes they make the viewer feel even more uncomfortable. Synthesizers is all what this band needs to create dark ambient.


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