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Beyond Evil (1980)

R | | Adventure, Horror | May 1980 (USA)
An architect and his wife moves into a house with a bloody past and a 100 year old ghost, who possesses the wife.

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Barbara Andrews
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Del Giorgio
Mario Milano ...
Dr. Frank Albanos
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Alma Martin
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Dr. Solomon
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Leia Solomon
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Esteban
Beverly Dixon ...
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Edward Ansara ...
Raymond Broido
Jennifer Italiano ...
Jennifer
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Lady Patient
Mickey Caruso ...
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An architect and his wife moves into a house with a bloody past and a 100 year old ghost, who possesses the wife.

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200 years ago, Alma Martin died a horrible death. Now she's getting even. See more »

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Jenseits des Bösen  »

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Fascinating low-budget junk!
11 August 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

John Saxon ("Black Christmas"!) and Lynda Day George ("Pieces"!) form a fabulous horror couple in this cheap and bizarre, but nevertheless intriguing little 80's film, set on a remote Southern island. The story isn't exactly original, blending cliché horror premises like haunted houses, soul-possessions, spiritual tribes and witchcraft, and yet, there isn't a dull moment to detect anywhere. This is largely thanks to the enthusiast acting performances and the surefooted direction of Herbert Freed. "Beyond Evil" is quite an oddity, because the special effects are very amateurish (sometimes even downright laughable) and still the wholesome remains a spooky and unsettling horror tale. Upon their arrival at the island, newlyweds Larry and Barbara are offered a beautiful and gigantic mansion to live in. Through a very atmospheric flashback-story, however, we learn that this same mansion was once homed by the sinister Alma Martin and her unfaithful husband. He poisoned Alma but her restless spirit still dwells around the mansion. Now, 100 years later, Alma Martin sees her change to reincarnate through Barbara and she won't hesitate to destroy everyone that tries to prevent this from happening. As previously stated, the special and visual effects are terrible… They often exclusively exist of funky green laser beams projected from the eyes of Alma Martin and they're not very convincing. Still, the film does offer some genuine shocks whenever budget isn't required, like Alma's ghostly appearances out of nowhere or the creepy shots inside the crypt. Especially since it's such an inexplicably fascinating movie, "Beyond Evil" should be categorized under 'interesting failures' and not just under 'worthless horror junk'! If you can pick up the DVD for a reasonably cheap price, it's definitely worth buying.


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