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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Buio Omega (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 1 June 1984 (USA)
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A disturbed young taxidermist exhumes his recently deceased girlfriend, brings her body to his family villa and proceeds to embalm her corpse, with help from his strange housekeeper. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.

Director:

Joe D'Amato

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Kieran Canter 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!

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Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

The pale white color of Anna's face occasionally contrasts differently to the rest of her corpse, including the hands and neck, which is flesh colored. See more »

Alternate Versions

The austrian Cassette called Blutiger Wahnsinn is one of the two full uncut versions with german language. The Film was copied from the france master, so the old title Sado-Stoss das Tor zur Hölle auf is missing in the pre-credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The House by the Cemetary (2015) See more »

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Admirably sleazy Italian "classic"
31 December 2003 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

D'Amato's adherence to all things vile and sleazy sometimes produces rubbish. In the case of BEYOND THE DARKNESS, he's delivered something great.

The theme is necrophilia and obsession. A man obsesses over his recently deceased girlfriend and beds her in his country house. Sexual intrigue with his maid livens proceedings and a sequence in which a hitchhiker has her fingernails removed is the one to write home about.

I'm not reluctant to say it: I love stuff like this when it's relentless, made without guilt, and moves at a quick clip.

The Goblin soundtrack feels just right and the special make-up effects are more than adequate.

D'Amato achieves a vile, putrid, rotten atmosphere with this gem, and you can't fault the guy for that, can you?


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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