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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Buio Omega (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Joe D'Amato

Writers:

Ottavio Fabbri (screenplay), Giacomo Guerrini (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kieran Canter ... Frank Wyler
Cinzia Monreale ... Anna Völkl & Elena Völkl
Franca Stoppi ... Iris
Sam Modesto ... Mr. Kale
Anna Cardini Anna Cardini ... Jogging victim
Lucia D'Elia ... Jan, hitch-hiker
Mario Pezzin ... Priest
Walter Tribus Walter Tribus ... Handyman
Klaus Rainer Klaus Rainer ... Doctor
Edmondo Vallini Edmondo Vallini ... Detective #1
Simonetta Allodi Simonetta Allodi ... Disco Girl
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Storyline

A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous of his attentions. He digs his girlfriend up, cleans her out, stuffs her, and puts her in bed at the mansion. Following this, he tries out and disposes of a series of young maidens, trying to find the right replacement for her, and the disapproving housekeeper helps him with the disposals. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

A fate worse than death!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Darkness See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Pig skin and offal from a butcher were used for the autopsy scene. See more »

Goofs

When Anna's body falls out of the closet, you can see that she has her eyes fixed on one point, thus moving her eyeballs upwards as she falls down. After she was exhumed, her eyes were replaced by prosthetic ones, which were fixed, thus preventing movement. Obviously it were here real eyes which she couldn't keep still. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene of a strange old woman yelling ominous phrases at Frank and his date outside the disco was cut in the US version. A scene of one of the undertaker's failed attempt to spy on Frank at his house is cut in the US version. See more »

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Oh Joe, is that you?
12 July 2015 | by jackthehackSee all my reviews

Joe D'Amato is regarded as a rather greedy hack by most people acquainted with horror. Now that's not too far from the truth. But before D'Amato started cranking out movies with an inverse relation between quantity and quality, he made this startling horror movie. Startling in the sense that it's actually GOOD!

Don't get me wrong. Just because it's good doesn't mean it's not exploitation. It has truly gory scenes such as a taxidermy which doesn't leave much to the imagination, nails being ripped off, some implied necrophilia and a particular scene of a "stew" being munched on with an extreme close-up which made my stomach do a somersault. Well done Joe for that! However, these gore scenes are spread out and in between them, there is some attempt to build suspense. There is some good acting particularly by the very creepy but oddly sexy Franca Stoppi(RIP) who plays the caretaker from hell, Iris. The cinematography (by Joe himself) is gorgeous in spite of all the carnage around. It doesn't seem like a cheap B-movie. The music by Goblin is as expected, superb.

That said, the movie is not perfect. It stagnates from time to time. There is absolutely no humour (except some unintentional stuff but you will be too busy gagging to notice) to lighten the relentlessly downbeat tone. Also, the lead actor can be too over-the-top sometimes.

That said, I am shocked that this is a film by Joe D'Amato. It would seem he actually had talent. It's tragic that he was so caught up in making money that he didn't fulfill it. The horror aficionado missed out on a few more quality horror movies.


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