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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.


Joe D'Amato


Ottavio Fabbri (screenplay), Giacomo Guerrini (story)



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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


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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A fate worse than death!




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


The intruder takes pictures of Anna after her body fell out of the closet, but the position of the body doesn't correspond with the position in the photograph: in the photograph, you can see her left hand touching her robe, while in "reality", her left arm wasn't near her robe. Her right arm is resting on her belly in the photograph, while in reality it is next to her body. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Dutch video version titled Beyond The Darkness contains several changes from the US version titled Buried Alive. Opening credits run over black with the main theme in the soundtrack as opposed to the US version in which the credits run over a scene of Frank picking up the corpse of a baboon from a friend. See more »

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Wholesome Family Entertainment Part 4: The Love Story
7 October 2008 | by TromafreakSee all my reviews

After a career of tackling subjects, such as pornography, nunsploitation, and gore-porn, filmmaker, Joe D'amato (Porno Holocaust) decided to take a different approach to a little project he was working on in the late seventies. Beyond The Darkness would be Joe D'amato's first romantic-drama (that I know of). Some might claim this to be slightly depressing, or perhaps, a bit controversial. The world is full of liars, this is unfortunate, but don't let them cloud your judgment, because Beyond The Darkness is wholesome entertainment that could easily be enjoyed by any member of the family, and that's a personal guarantee.

Beyond The Darkness tells the touching story of a rich young man named Frank, and his undying love for his dying lover. Frank and Ana's love for one another probably would have stood the test of time, and everything, if not for this strange illness. I suppose it's just her time, or is it? Enter Iris, the maid. Iris is in love, and possibly obsessed with Frank. Frank only keeps her around for nourishment, but she's really in to him. Iris feels, the only way to deal with this little inconvenience called Ana is voodoo. Ana dies, Frank cannot cope with the loss. After going insane, and taking his hobby, as a taxidermist, into consideration, Frank decides he would rather have a dead Ana in his life than a no Ana. A bold decision, indeed, but this is true love we're talking about here. Frank has robbed his girlfriends grave, and this is where things really start to pick up, Frank takes Ana back to his place, and graphically tears the insides out from his beloved.

After a scene right out of hell, involving a portly/pushy-hitchhiker, stoner chick, who gets her finger nails yanked out, and killed by Frank after walking in on his madness. Frank is caught by Iris, who is disturbingly understanding. Iris helps Frank put a newly-stuffed Ana in Franks Bed, and, in yet another scene right out of hell, Iris helps Frank cut the Portly, stoner chick into little pieces, graphically, and dissolve her remains in acid. After all this, Iris makes dinner. At this point, Frank must see how dedicated this woman is to pleasing him, because Iris's dream has come true, Frank has proposed marriage. The happy, new couple should be happy together, but what about the corpse in Franks bed? And What if Frank can't stop killing? Oh well, I'm sure everything will work out OK, besides, this is a romantic-drama.

I haven't seen a lot of Joe D'amato's work, but this is, by far, the best I've seen. Call The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, macabre, then watch Beyond the Darkness. As we all know, Italian horror is a little on the boring side, and unfortunately, this one is no exception. Not a whole lot of boring, but the gore, and the purity of the horror overshadows it. If you have no tolerance for boring, then I don't know, go watch some Florida Gore, I guess. Beyond The Darkness flaunts a menacing, nightmare of a score by our pals from Goblin, which might actually be half the impact one would feel from viewing this stomach-turning epic. I suppose, Beyond The Darkness doesn't completely fit the mold of how a romantic-drama should play out, although, it's still a masterpiece. What Beyond the Darkness really is, above all, is vile, plus, it's the only film that I've ever seen that made me queasy, and that's saying something. Anyone who could appreciate such filth obviously has a screw loose. 10/10

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