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The Beyond (1981)

...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (original title)
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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.


Lucio Fulci


Dardano Sacchetti (story), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Catriona MacColl ... Liza Merril (as Katherine MacColl)
David Warbeck ... Dr. John McCabe
Cinzia Monreale ... Emily (as Sarah Keller)
Antoine Saint-John ... Schweick
Veronica Lazar ... Martha
Larry Ray Larry Ray ... Larry (as Anthony Flees)
Giovanni De Nava ... Joe the Plumber (credit only)
Al Cliver ... Dr. Harris
Michele Mirabella Michele Mirabella ... Martin Avery
Giampaolo Saccarola Giampaolo Saccarola ... Arthur
Maria Pia Marsala ... Jill
Laura De Marchi ... Mary-Ann


The cellar of an old hotel is built on top of the door to the beyond. Bloody zombies roam there. A young woman who is heir of the hotel wants to restaurate it. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, the plumber vanishes and her friend breaks his neck. When she escapes to the hospital of a friendly doctor she doesn't know what a nightmare is waiting there... Written by Matthias Luehr <mluehr@htwm.de>

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Did You Know?


Swedish rock band Europe based the song 'Seven Doors Hotel' from their first album on this film. The lyrics are a basic retelling of the plot of the film. The song became a big hit in Japan, and is still a popular track at their live shows. See more »


When the plumber "Joe" is in the basement, he starts to chisel out part of the wall right about forehead level. The next shot "Joe" is crawling into the large hole that he has made but has to duck really low to get through the space. See more »


[last lines]
Narrator: And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored.
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Crazy Credits

Just after the credits, when the screen turns black, a scream is heard. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German DVD released by Astro in 2001 contains both the color and b/w pre-credit sequence (selectable via menu). This release is also completely uncut. See more »


Referenced in The Void (2016) See more »

User Reviews

"Woe Be Unto Him Who Opens One Of The Seven Gateways To Hell!"...
24 February 2020 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

Director, Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND opens w/ a flashback to 1927 Louisiana, where townsfolk take the law into their own hands, killing a man in hideous, grisly fashion. This is also when we are told of the seven gates of hell. Fast forward to 1981, and Liza Merrill (Catriona MacColl) has inherited the very same hotel where the aforementioned death occurred. Within seconds, unfortunate "accidents" begin to take place. Liza just wants to fix the place up, unaware that occult terror and unspeakable doom await! Another entry in Fulci's wonderful horror cycle, this is one dreadfully dreary, flesh-crawler of a movie! In spite of ridiculous dubbing, goofy characters, and the infamously questionable "tarantula scene" (Why mix fake spiders in w/ real ones?), the Director somehow manages to keep it so utterly bleak, that all is forgiven! Ms. MacColl is even better here than she was in CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD! David Warbeck is also good as the dauntless Dr. John McCabe. Of course, stealing the show is Cinzia Monreale as the enigmatic, blind, yet supernaturally sighted, Emily. Her intro is unforgettable! Gorehundts will be in ecstatic bliss, since Fulci pours on the gore by the bathtub-full! Obviously, a zombie uprising is in the cards, and these are some memorable, shambling dead! There are several classic set pieces, showing Fulci at his finest... EXTRA POINTS FOR: The devastating denouement that drains us of all remaining hope!... P.S.- For added enjoyment, count how many times you have to yell at Dr. McCabe to "Stop wasting bullets and aim for the head!"...

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Release Date:

11 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Doors of Death See more »


Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,148, 14 June 1998

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Production Co:

Fulvia Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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