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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.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Dardano Sacchetti (story), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Behind this doorway lie the terrifying and unspeakable secrets of hell. No one who sees it lives to describe it. And you shall live in darkness for all eternity. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Doors of Death See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$113,795, 11 September 1998

Gross USA:

$123,843, 5 March 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fulvia Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (US version)| Mono (original version)

Color:

Black and White (Sepia)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was never seen in America in its uncut form until 1998, when Grindhouse Releasing tracked down the original master and restored the film, playing it at midnight shows at selected cities. Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures released the restored DVD, as it was his favorite horror film when initially released in 1983. See more »

Goofs

When the corpse of the artist is in the autopsy room, the assistant says, "He's in amazingly good shape for a corpse that's supposedly been dead for six years," when he should have said sixty years. See more »

Quotes

Liza Merrill: Arthur! What are you doing in my room?
Arthur: I was looking for keys.
Liza Merrill: *Which* keys?
Arthur: I told Ma that I was gonna clean up the rooms, but some of them are locked.
Liza Merrill: Well, l just have to find those keys, Arthur, won't I? Or else we'll simply call a locksmith. In the meantime, could you go up on the roof and check the chimney? I think it is clogged.
Arthur: I heard a car drive up before. Was it Joe?
Liza Merrill: Yeah. Why?
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Crazy Credits

The end titles of the U.S. version, "7 Doors of Death" are full of incorrect billings.

David Warbeck's character John McCabe is billed as "Doc." Antonie Saint-John (here called Tony Saint-John) is billed as Joe the Plumber. He actually played Schweick. Veronica Lazar is billed as playing the little girl, Jill. She was Martha, the housekeeper. Jill was played by Maria Pia Marsala. Someone named "Philip Ostrow" is billed as playing Arthur, Martha's son. He was played by Giampaolo Saccarola. Martha is billed as being played by someone named Margaret Lund. She was played by Veronica Lazar. Mary-Ann (billed here as "Joe's Wife") is billed as being played by someone named Helen Pierce. She was played by Laura De Marchi. Schweick (billed here as "Sweik") is billed as being played by someone named Robert Leahy. He was played by Antoine Saint-John. Dr. Harris is billed as being played by someone named Jim Barrett. He was played by Al Cliver.

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Alternate Versions

U.S. print titled "7 Doors of Death" has most of the gore scenes edited out and different soundtrack music. Director Lucio Fulci is also credited as Louis Fuller. The version under the title "Seven Doors of Death" (note the different spelling of 'seven') available on some budget DVD releases is NOT the U.S. print. It is merely a time-compressed version of "The Beyond" with a freeze-frame displaying the altered title. True versions of the U.S. release have a completely different opening credit sequence, a different musical score, and the title contains the numeral 7 rather than 'Seven'. See more »

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A true masterpiece from a legendary master of horror!
17 January 2005 | by efrain-2See all my reviews

A couple of years back (late 90's), I had the pleasure of experiencing Fulci's The Beyond the way it was meant to be watched...on the big screen at the Angelica Movie Theater in Soho (NYC) at midnight, in all of its uncut glory (thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Films).

For a couple of hours, I was taken aback to the greatest days of horror! It even had previous of movies like 2000 Maniacs, The Evil Dead and Zombie (aka Zombie 2) before the movie started. To truly appreciate this movie, one has to remember the era it came from. The post Exorcist and Dawn of the Dead period saw many imitations, especially from Italy. However, there were a handful of filmmakers that had actual imagination, skills and creativity to set their pictures apart from the rest. Of the bunch, Argento, Bava (father and son), and Fulci stood quite apart from the rest, each with their own talents.

Fulci was perhaps the most prolific of them, adding a flare of his own Art to his works. His movies each played like paint on canvas from beginning to end. The Beyond was his greatest Masterpiece, combining a better plot than most of his works, with the high quality level of gore Fulci was and always will be well known for.

The Beyond starts with a Warlock being executed in the 1930's by a lynch mob. Little do they know that the hotel where the act takes place happens to be one of the seven doorways to hell. Flashing forward about 50 years later, Liza inherets the hotel and decides to restore it. From there all hell breaks loose. The ending is as disturbing as it gets, and the deaths are both unique and horrifying (vintage Fulci).

I remember walking to the subway station that night, still thinking about what my eyes had just seen (occasionally looking over my shoulder) - realizing I had been genuinely scared and disturbed by a movie that at the time was about 17 years old. Man I miss the "Hey-Day" of horror, and the true masters of it!


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