Dec 2, 2009

Posted in 1970s, European Films, Films Categories, Italy, James, Reviewers

Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Beyond the Darkness (1979)

A.K.A Buio Omega.

Directed by Joe D’Amato
1979, Unrated, 91 Min. Anamorphic Widescreen; NTSC Region 1


Francesco, a taxidermist saddened by the loss of his girlfriend, slowly descends into lunacy. He steals her body from the grave with the desire never to be away from her side. He removes her internal organs, consuming her heart. As this madness and horror grows, he begins bringing young women to his estate and brutally murdering them. Especially those that threaten his relationship with his dead girlfriend.

With great photography by Aristide Massaccesi (Joe D’Amato) and his great direction, what could one want more. Sleaze, blood and very realistic gore. Well there’s also, always the haunting score by Goblin. The gore is stomach churning; think Joe D’Amato’s Anthropophagous with its fetus eating scene. My personal favorite scene in Beyond the Darkness is; He meets a jogger who has twisted her ankle and offers her back to his estate for bandages. For some reason she jumps into bed with him. As they are having sex he reaches over to the bed next to them only to reveal the corpse of his dead girlfriend. The jogger sees this and screams. What does he do? . . . He rips out her throat with his teeth and eats the flesh in his mouth. Excellent you say, not yet! He then incinerates her only to realize as she writhes in anguish that she was completely dead. Excellent.

The special features are strong as well as the gore, an interview with an actor and another with the art director and a Collectors Edition booklet.

Beyond the Darkness is not for the faint of heart and definitely and acquired taste. But if you can stand it, it is well worth the time.

-James Hepburn

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