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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

posted May 26, 2012, 12:20 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated May 27, 2012, 9:57 PM ]

BD+DVD Edition
April 19, 2011
Shriek Show
Confession: I sometime own movies that I haven't seen.  This is usually a result of buying something on sale, buying a rare film, or just plain forgetfulness.

I believe I got "Beyond The Darkness" as part of a Shriek Show set of five films (for a bargain price) and I never really watched the whole thing.

I recently saw the Bluray Edition of "Beyond The Darkness" and remembered that I have the original DVD release... so I recently put on the movie again.

It's not masterpiece theater, but the movie offers plenty of gore and nudity, typical of Italian horror cinema of the time in the late 70s.

The film was directed by Joe D'Amato, who is well known to rip off other film genre of the period, including directing knockoff films of Django and Emmanuelle and Night of the Living Dead (he made "Erotic Nights of the Living Dead" which experts hardcore pornography into his zombie film).

"Beyond The Darkness" is fairly original. It might have been inspired by "Pyscho", but the twist is that the son's mother is alive and it's his former girlfriend that's dead. He murders two girls (three if you count the last 'disco' girl by the hands of his mother) to keep his secret. The bumbling detectives on the case is laughable at best, and you wonder why the cops were even introduced in the film.

Anyway, it's a pretty gorey movie, not recommend at dinner time. Will I buy the Bluray Edition? Probably not, I think the DVD version I have looks fine.