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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Buio Omega (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Walter Tribus ...
Handyman
Klaus Rainer ...
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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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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 »

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When Anna's body falls out of the closet, she falls face-down, but in the next shot, you see her lying on her back, while she should be lying face-down. See more »

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A true masterpiece of the macabre.

Say what you will about the acting, the music, the script, or even the plot of this potent and disturbing flick...it hits you like a ton of bricks and leaves you with a dropped jaw, hungry for more.

It's ashame that D'Amato didn't make more films like this. His repertoire includes a few cannibal flicks and lots of porn. This, along with "Anthropophagus," stands out as his most effective work. With "Beyond the Darkness," it's like he set out to make the most horrific and disgusting slasher flick he could fathom, and he pretty much hits the nail right on the head. There is something deeply disturbing about several scenes in this film. The bathtub scene, along with the housemaid eating the stew scene are among some of the most disturbing scenes I have seen in a film ever. And I've seen my share.

All this being said, "Beyond the Darkness" is a film that can be watched over and over. D'Amato somehow still keeps it fun. Unlike other extreme horror films of the era, it remains watchable. To think that he made a film like this with what was, no doubt, a tiny budget, and it came out so beautifully unflinching and nihilistic, is nothing short of genius. "Beyond the Darkness" is one of the coolest movies I've ever seen. And like a fine wine, (made from blood and guts and acid,) it just keeps getting better with age. Watch it with your mom.

A solid 9 out of 10, kids.


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