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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful:

A perfect movie to vomit!

Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
14 July 2003

Joe D'Amato's "Beyond the Darkness"/"Buio Omega" is one of the most transgressive horror movies ever made.Regarded as Joe D'Amato's best film "Buio Omega" certainly delivers some of the most disgusting gore ever put on screen(fingernails are ripped off with pliers,a body is dismembered with a butcher knife and its pieces are thrown into a bath of acid etc.)The infamous embalming sequence is truly revolting.Kieran Canter is perfect as a young taxidermist Frank Wyler and Franca Stoppi gives excellent performance as Iris.The film is certainly twisted,so if you're a fan of Italian extreme horror you can't miss this depraved masterpiece.Check it out.9 out of 10.

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34 out of 39 people found the following review useful:

One of the nastiest highlights ever made!

Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
7 April 2004

Murder, mayhem and mutilation…shown in all its pride and glory! Buio Omega a.k.a Buried Alive a.k.a Beyond the Darkness is a finger-licking and ultra-gory sleazefest. D'Amato's film certainly is a landmark in the Italian shlock/sick cinema as it contains some of the grossest and explicit nauseating sequences ever shot on film. The young and introvert Frank cannot live without his recently deceased girlfriend Anna, so he digs up her corpse, embalms her and keeps her around his mansion. After this, he descents further into madness and starts to kill girls randomly and his freaky housekeeper Iris assists him. Now, Frank is pretty messed up in the head but Iris is just downright insane!! She makes a hobby out of dismembering dead bodies and she breastfeeds the 22-year-old Frank! The first half hour may seem a little lame and low on bloodshed but, as soon as the gore kicks in, it doesn't stop till the end credits role and it becomes more and more repulsive by the minute! D'Amato servers a disturbingly realistic embalming-process along with some detailed torturing scenes, dissections and gruesome butchering! Of course, like it should in Italian's nastiest, there are a lot of perversely orientated undertones present such as necrophilia, cannibalism and even a variant on the ‘Oedipus'-theme!

Joe d'Amato never was world's most brilliant director. That's okay, since he never claimed to be and he always clearly mentioned his influences. He's more like a businessman with more adult films on his repertoire…The horror films he made are vicious but technically weak, all together! Nonetheless, Buio Omega is an exception! Unlike his other horror films, Buried Alive has tension, a great soundtrack, a constant morbid atmosphere and even a bit of surprisingly good acting! Cinzia Monreale, who plays the dead love-interest Anna, became more famous after starring in Fulci's masterpiece the Beyond and the creepy aunt Iris also starred in a few delightful `babes behind bars' flicks. The circle of fans that likes this kind of films is rather small…but they're very devoted. For them, Buio Omega is a must see!

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

Admirably sleazy Italian "classic"

Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness
31 December 2003

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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful:

The Sick twisted world of Joe D'Amato.

Author: Mauro Cosentino from Argentina
12 June 2005

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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

A true masterpiece of the macabre.

Author: Leonard Smalls: The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse from Arizona
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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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Sick, Twisted and Kinky

Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20 January 2009

When the wealthy orphan taxidermist Frank Wyler (Kieran Canter) loses his beloved fiancée Anna Völkl (Cinzia Monreale), victim of voodoo conducted by his jealous housemaid Iris (Franca Stoppi), he robs her corpse, embalms and brings to the bed in his room. He does not overcome his feelings for her, killing every woman he has some involvement. Meanwhile Iris wants to marry Frank and helps him to dispose the bodies.

The sick, twisted and kinky "Buio Omega" has all sort of perversions and disgusting scenes, with sequences of necrophilia, mutilation, torture and embalming. However, the characters are awfully developed, and the viewer never knows, for example, whether Frank changed his behavior after the death of Anna, or he was indeed a twisted character. The weird Iris is also badly developed. The graphic and gore scenes are among the nastiest I have ever seen in a film. My vote is six.

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Repulsive, twisted, perverse...but GREAT!

Author: squeezebox from United States
24 January 2003

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This perverse, disgusting, but extremely well-made horror movie is considered by some to be the ultimate "spaghetti splatter" flick. If it isn't, there aren't many that surpass it for sheer repulsiveness. It's imagery and tone are still shocking by today's standards. Even AUDITION director Takashi Miike has yet to make a movie this unrelentingly sordid and creepy.

A taxidermist goes quite a bit off the deep end when his girlfriend dies (unbeknownst to him, due to a voodoo spell cast by his jealous housekeeper) and steals her body from the cemetery so he can embalm her and continue their relationship. Anyone unfortunate enough to get in his way (mostly pretty young women) is murdered savagely.

We are given explicit scenes of outrageous gore, including our hero eating his girlfriend's heart, dismembering a body and dropping the parts in a tub full of acid, a young hitch hiker getting her fingernails ripped off with pliers and the now infamous scene involving the disembowelment of the girlfriend's body. For years it was rumored that a real cadaver was used for this scene, but it was eventually proved to be an incredibly impressive special effect.

Though having never become as infamous as his cohorts Lucio Fulci and Ruggero Deodatto, one could argue that director Aristide Massaccesi (credited here under his best-known pseudonym, Joe D'Amato) is the true "godfather of gore" just because of this film alone. You be the judge, just make sure to have your barf bag ready. This is also the only Italian horror movie to actually make me jump from my seat. Massaccesi delivers one of the screen's most effective jolts. I will not disclose what happens. Let's just say my heart was racing for a little while after it!


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Author: stephen morris (morris22) from malden, mo.
30 September 1999

As shocking and gruesome as any film ever made, Buio Omega(Buried Alive) is one of the best horror films of the 70's. It is widely considered to be the best film of the late Joe D'Amato. The plot is a modern spin on Psycho and concerns the character of Frank. After his fiance dies, Frank becomes deeply disturbed and digs up his fiance, stuffs and preserves her and puts her on display. I hesitated to watch this movie because it sounded really sick. It was. As shocking and twisted as it all is it maintains an eery quality and has enough of a plot to make it a fine movie. Those who can stomach shocking films like this should check it out. Love it or hate, it's an unforgettable movie.

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Great Italian Horror/Sleaze

Author: EVOL666 from St. John's Abortion Clinic
26 September 2003

BEYOND THE DARKNESS is a "classic" of Italian horror, directed by notorious sleaze-meister, Joe D'Amato.

Frank is a pretty f'ed up guy...his wife died and he's having problems coping with the loss, so he does what any normal, well-adjusted person would do - he digs her up, embalms her, and keeps her in his house to fondle whenever he feels necessary. Frank also tends to have a penchant for murder, as he kills a few of the local girls seemingly just for the hell of it. The weirdo female caretaker of Frank's estate goes along with all of this and even helps in disposing of the bodies because she has a crush on him. Eventually she convinces Frank to marry her, Frank agrees, and everyone lives happily ever after....well....not quite.

BEYOND THE DARKNESS is one of my favorite 70's/80's Italian horror films. Plenty gritty and sleazy, D'Amato's stylistic fingerprint is all over this one. Some really great scenes (wife embalment, forced-fingernail removal, meat-cleaver-limb-removal-to-acid-bath-body-disposal - among a few others...) make this one a real treat. Not for the squeamish, but definitely for those sickos that love sleazy, visceral horror. 9/10

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Sickest movie ever....

Author: Michael Rogers ( from New York
19 February 2002

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It takes a lot to get under my skin and this movie did it.

When this guy's girlfriend dies, we watch as he preserves her. We watch as he slices her open and removes her organs and drops them into a metal bucket. we see her being embalmed, we see the whole deal.

But that was nothing compared to the murder of a female drifter. Before he kills her he tears off her fingernails one by one for good measure.

After she's dead, both him and his housekeeper (she is just as deranged as him) makes an acid bath. The housekeeper strips the girl and take a hatchet and dismembers her and drops the severed legs, arms, etc into the acid bath. Toward the end of the segment the head resurfaces from the acid bath, half eaten away.

But still, it's not over. The housekeeper is rounding up the leftover flesh scraps and blood on the floor with a(I think) dust pan and makes a stew out of it.

We get a nice close up of the housekeeper sloppily eating away at the stew, causing the man (and us) to retch.

And that's not even half the movie!!

This movie is good as an endurance test, can you take it?

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