THE BEYONDDouble Feature w/FRIZZI2FULCI / October 4 | 9:30pm
Fully Uncensored, Unrated Director’s Cut in Scope
Slight on story and heavy on atmospherics and extreme violence, THE BEYOND is probably director Lucio Fulci’s most feverish and accomplished film released during his horror and gore heydays of the 70s and 80s.
Liza (played by Fulci mainstay Catriona MacColl ) inherits a huge abandoned hotel in the heart of Louisiana that happens to be built over one of the seven gateways to hell. Unfortunately, Joe the plumber accidentally opens the gateway whilst fixing some pipes (don’t you just hate it when that happens?) and literally enables all hell to break loose. From here on in the viewer is subjected to a succession of insane gore set pieces drenched in dreamlike Gothic imagery.
With little or no plot to speak of, Fulci layers sound and image on top of one another to create one of the most surreal of all low budget Italian horror movies. Fulci himself said of THE BEYOND, “My idea was to make an absolute film, with all the horrors of the world. It’s a plotless film, there’s no logic to it, just a succession of images.” And you know what? He wasn’t lying.
Often cited as a poor man’s ARGENTO (and criminally underrated by those outside of the horror community for reasons I have never understood), Fulci has an intensely visual eye – when he isn’t gouging it out – and never shies away from onscreen violence. He is usually right in the action filming extreme close ups to capture every arterial spray and splatter-filled moment. The set pieces in THE BEYOND are too numerous to mention, but the spider attack, hospital siege and final few frames are the stuff of legend. Add in a score from Fabio Frizzi (here at his funky and forbidding best), and you have a nightmarish, blood-drenched canvas that is sure to leave you breathless.
Special thanks to Grindhouse Releasing
Guests: Introduction by Composer Fabio Frizzi
Double bill with FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE
Director: Lucio Fulci
Runtime: 87 minutes
“Fulci was known for his gory special effects and “The Beyond” does not disappoint” Roger Ebert
“The artfulness of the direction makes it something special, as does one of the most bombastic and apocalyptic endings of any such film you’re likely to see.” Nerdist