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Ottavio Fabbri (screenplay)
Giacomo Guerrini (story)
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Release Date:
1 June 1984 (USA) See more »
A fate worse than death!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Blu-ray Review: Beyond The Darkness (1979)
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A true masterpiece of the macabre. See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Iris (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Frank Wyler (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe D'Amato 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ottavio Fabbri  screenplay
Giacomo Guerrini  story

Produced by
Marco Rossetti .... producer
Ermanno Donati .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Goblin  (as The Goblins)
Maurizio Guarini  (as The Goblins)
Agostino Marangolo  (as The Goblins)
Carlo Pennisi  (as The Goblins)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as The Goblins)
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato (director of photography) (as Aristide Massaccesi)
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli 
Art Direction by
Donatella Donati 
Franco Gaudenzi 
Costume Design by
Mario Paladini 
Makeup Department
Cesare Biseo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Silvio Colecchia .... production supervisor
Oscar Santaniello .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donatella Donati .... assistant director
Franco Gaudenzi .... assistant director
Art Department
Ennio Michettoni .... set designer
Sound Department
Roberto Alberghini .... sound technician
Marco Donati .... sound technician
Renato Marinelli .... sound effects
Guglielmo Smeraldi .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Biribicchi .... camera operator
Giuseppina di Cola .... still photographer
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Bruno Micheli .... assistant editor
Other crew
Ermanno Mardessich .... production secretary
Marco Rossetti .... continuity
Maria Spera .... administrator

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Also Known As:
"Buio Omega" - Italy (original title)
"Buried Alive" - USA (dubbed version)
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94 min
Color (Telecolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A true masterpiece of the macabre., 23 December 2007

Say what you will about the acting, the music, the script, or even the plot of this potent and disturbing 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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