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Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

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Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.



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Cast overview:
Elena (as Eva Allan)
Scott Hylands ...
Sara Stockstad ...
Roy Campsall ...
Geoffrey Conder ...
Colombe Meighan ...
Baby Elena
Ryley Zinger ...
Unmasked Sentionaut (as Riley Zinger)
Vincente Rodriguez Lima ...
Mexican DJ


Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence, disturbing images, a graphic sexual illustration, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Além do Arco-Íris Negro  »

Box Office


CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,957 (USA) (18 May 2012)


$56,129 (USA) (27 July 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the promotional video for "Arboria" at the very beginning of the movie, the roman numerals for the copyright date translate to 1966. See more »


In the Arboria Institute's promo film, dated MCMLXVII (1967), the Arboria logo is set in the Avant Garde font. This font was based on the logo of Avant Garde magazine, created in 1968, and wasn't available as a full typeface until 1970. See more »


Mercurio Arboria: [while holding baby Elena and before submerging her into the black goo] Your mother's reabsorption into the cycle of life won't be for nothing, my darling, Elena. You will be the dawning of a new era for the human race... and the human soul. Let the new age of enlightenment begin!
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Crazy Credits

Final end credit: "'No matter where you go, there you are.' - B. Banzai" See more »


References The Keep (1983) See more »


performed by SSQ
written by Jon St. James & John Van Tongeren
published by Jon St. James/FT Music/John Van Tongeren
Courtesy of FT Music & Jon St. James
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Probably would make a lot more sense and be a lot more entertaining high, which is probably the best way to watch it!
6 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A Canadian science fiction film which is a serious throwback to the trippy sci-fi films of the 70's and 80's. One could argue that it's a great nostalgic homage to the works of filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Don Coscarelli, John Carpenter and other similar filmmakers. It was written and directed by first time filmmaker Panos Cosmatos and tells the story (I use that word loosely) of a young girl trapped in seclusion as the victim of a twisted scientist's bizarre experiment. The film doesn't ever make a lot of sense other than how ever the viewer wants to interpret it. I'm sure the filmmaker knows what he was trying to say but I seriously doubt many could legitimately figure that out.

Michael Rogers stars as the scientist, Dr. Barry Nyle, and Eva Allen co-stars as his favorite experiment, Elena. Elena spends all her days and nights locked up in an isolated science institute known as Arboria. A strange light, shaped like a pyramid, keeps Elena's powers under control as she's also heavily sedated. The insane Dr. Nyle continuously watches her through video monitors and meets with her for regular interviews, although Elena never speaks. One day she gains the strength to finally attempt a breakout and see what's beyond the institute's walls but Dr. Nyle will stop at nothing to keep her imprisoned.

The movie sounds like it's more coherent than it is. It plays out more like a very long music video with no real explanation to anything that's going on or any legitimate character development. Due to this it's extremely slow-paced but even despite all this it's always bizarrely interesting. It's one of those movies that die-hard fans will say they always had figured out and you'd have to be an idiot not to understand. I have no problem with movies that leave a lot up to viewer interpretation but they should make some sense and have some resemblance of a story structure. Still the movie is strikingly stunning to watch at all times, it's extremely unique and different and it's a great throwback to classic genre movies from decades ago. You have to give it credit for it's artistic creativity even if the story and characters are about as weak as they could possibly be. It probably would make a lot more sense and be a lot more entertaining high, which is probably the best way to watch it.

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