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And You Will Live In Terror

  • Nov 5, 2009

WARNING Due to its SHOCKING and VIOLENT subject matter, no one under 17 should view this film.

"THE BEYOND does not disappoint."

Perhaps nothing is quite as exciting as viewing classic Fulci films for the first time & this will be an experience you're virgin eyes won't soon forget.

The Beyond is perhaps Fulci's most surreal, yet visceral experience & is regarded by many as his masterpiece. Although Fulci has been gone from the realms of horror cinema for many years now, his work lives on through various re-prints & re-issues. Thankfully, Grindhouse Releasing saw to it that this film was re-issued in 2008 & with the same goodies that Anchor Bay's Limited Edition Tin Box bequeathed to us many moons ago. Sadly, that tin box has been out of print for many years now but this release will definitely appease fans who would surely miss The Beyond.

Not unlike many great horror films, The Beyond has gained an impressive cult following over the years so it's fair to say Fulci's classic has come a long way from being the heavily censored film Seven Doors Of Death released to America in 1983. Thankfully, we can now see the original uncut version through either the out-of-print Anchor Bay releases or Grind house Releasing. Rumor has it there are also cheaper DVDs floating around in America under the Seven Door Of Death title that feature the uncut version but I cannot substantiate this info nor did I wish to waste money.

Initially, Fulci had intended to make a film about a woman who inherits a haunted house but was convinced to shoot a film with zombies as the living dead were still all the rage around that time in Europe. Lucio agreed to re-write the film altogether including zombies & even modify the original intended ending. Irregardless of the revisions, fans from around the world have cited this final product to be one of Fulci's greatest works.

In 1927, Seven Doors' Hotel is the site of a brutal murder involving a lynch mob determined to kill an artist believed to be a warlock, which in turn opens one of the seven portals to Hell. Many decades later, a beautiful young woman (Catriona MacColl) inherits this hotel with the intention of re-opening it for business unaware of spooky goings-on in the area. Through her renovation, the hell-portal is activated & she finds herself dealing with ghosts, zombies, & other seemingly indestructible entities. With the assistance of a doctor (David Warbeck), the two must be figure out a way to escape the evil & madness which lingers on.

I can understand why so many have lavished praise on this work & it actually looks better each time I see it. I wish I'd never let go of my Limited Edition Tin Box set that Anchor Bay released back in 2000 but I guess one lives & learns. I am glad, however, that the film is still readily available for purchase online & that Grindhouse granted us yet another chance to view the film in it's entirety. Unpleasant dreams, my friends. 
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November 16, 2011
Nice review, dude. Love this film.
December 06, 2011
It's a great film to watch. Although I go back & forth on which Fulci is my favorite, I do find myself watching this one most often. Thanks for the compliments!!
May 29, 2011
Yeah I liked this one
November 10, 2011
Probably my favorite Fulci film the more I think about it although I do love many of his early works. Thanks Alex!
November 05, 2009
I think this was the title that QueenB says that she feels rather guilty that she liked. This was really good, I think I like this more than "Dont Torture a Duckling". Thanks for the in-depth info on the dvd versions too!
November 06, 2009
I don't really have any guilty pleasures per se. I tend to like what I like. This was easily in my top four although I might be a bit more impartial to NY Ripper, Zombi, & Don't Torture A Duckling but this one isn't far behind. The Psychic & Lizard In A Woman's Skin are also personal favs. Thanks Woopak! I'm glad to see you are still around? Hows that toothache?
November 06, 2009
you mean hangover...found the cure, drink some more! LOL
November 07, 2009
Hehe. Wouldn't have expected such from Woo but I'll forgive you by & by. You mean, you're not taking insulin shots after eating all that candy? LMAO
December 08, 2009
I could make you a list but that would incriminate me. Haha!!
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**** out of ****     How can something as violent, gruesome, disgusting, and relentlessly grotesque as "The Beyond" also be so mysteriously beautiful? As a film directed by Lucio Fulci - one of the Godfathers of Gore - whimsical qualities are what we least expect. But then...as you may know, I've enjoyed a few Lucio Fulci films before this one. I liked "Zombie". I liked "City of the Living Dead". I even liked "Don't Torture a Duckling". There were moments when the director had …
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The second film in Lucio Fulci's homage to H.P. Lovecraft trilogy.

Watch for the Do Not Entry sign.

Look for David Warbeck loading his gun through the muzzle and Catriona MacColl laughing whilst he does it.
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Director: Lucio Fulci
Genre: Horror
Release Date: April 29, 1981
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Lucio Fulci
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: Fulvia Films
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