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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Buio Omega (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
Grief-struck after the death of his wife, a young man attempts to keep her with him forever - by gutting her, stuffing her and replacing her eyes with glass eyes, turning her into a doll. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.

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Frank Wyler
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Anna Völkl & Elena Völkl
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Iris
Sam Modesto ...
Mr. Kale
Anna Cardini ...
Jogging victim
Lucia D'Elia ...
Jan, hitch-hiker
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Priest
Walter Tribus ...
Handyman
Klaus Rainer ...
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Edmondo Vallini ...
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Simonetta Allodi ...
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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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Probably the first Horrorfilm, who was made back then in the late 70's in Brixen, Südtirol, Italy. 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 »

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Beyond the darkness
15 May 2008 | by (IN) – See all my reviews

Whatever your stance is on sleazy Italian horror films from the 70's-80's, it can't be denied by anyone that this film is some kind of minor masterpiece. Here is a film that works on every level -- not just the "gore" level that a lot of these films work on -- and is actually quite tasteful in its depiction of corpse-loving.

First of all, the atmosphere in this film is amazing. Dialogue is left to a bare minimum, especially at the beginning of the film when there's hardly a line spoken for a good half an hour... though the music of "The Goblins" (Goblin, right?) is actually quite out of place in this particular film, as Joe D'Amato's directing style doesn't really lend to their blend of.. uh.. progressive-disco or whatever it is (on the other hand, their music perfectly fits Dario Argento's oversaturated colors in his films)... however, sometimes it hits the right notes at the right time. Everything has a sort-of washed-out look to it, which is nice. And almost the whole film takes place at night, which is nice, of course.

The film is actually a very simple story of not being able to let go of someone you loved, but it's well-acted (shockingly!) and there's enough gore (though not as much as you would think by some of these reviews) and suspense to keep you watching.

Just all in all, a really good picture without any real flaws that succeeds at all that it does. Not much else to say, really -- except, what's with the ending? Anyway... highly recommend.


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