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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 »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Darkness See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Inspired the lyrics to the song "Deathmask Divine", by Michigan-based melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder. See more »

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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 Frank picking up a girl in a disco near the end of the film was cut in the US version. See more »

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Beyond the darkness
15 May 2008 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

Whatever your stance is on sleazy Italian horror films from the 70's-80's, it can't be denied by anyone that this film is some kind of minor masterpiece. Here is a film that works on every level -- not just the "gore" level that a lot of these films work on -- and is actually quite tasteful in its depiction of corpse-loving.

First of all, the atmosphere in this film is amazing. Dialogue is left to a bare minimum, especially at the beginning of the film when there's hardly a line spoken for a good half an hour... though the music of "The Goblins" (Goblin, right?) is actually quite out of place in this particular film, as Joe D'Amato's directing style doesn't really lend to their blend of.. uh.. progressive-disco or whatever it is (on the other hand, their music perfectly fits Dario Argento's oversaturated colors in his films)... however, sometimes it hits the right notes at the right time. Everything has a sort-of washed-out look to it, which is nice. And almost the whole film takes place at night, which is nice, of course.

The film is actually a very simple story of not being able to let go of someone you loved, but it's well-acted (shockingly!) and there's enough gore (though not as much as you would think by some of these reviews) and suspense to keep you watching.

Just all in all, a really good picture without any real flaws that succeeds at all that it does. Not much else to say, really -- except, what's with the ending? Anyway... highly recommend.


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