Saturday, October 09, 2021

Musty TV's Maniacal Movie Countdown - Day 9: The Beyond (1981)

After watching Malignant and seeing it compared in many reviews to classic giallo horror films, it made me realize I need to watch more giallo, as the main thing I think of when the term is brought up is Dario Argento and his lurid use of color and gore. Of course, there's a lot more to it.

Another director who has delved into the giallo genre is Lucio Fulci, and while I'm not sure The Beyond is technically giallo, it's definitely...Italian. Which is ironic as it was set and filmed in Louisiana, and seeing 1980's New Orleans in some scenes may be the highlight of the film, as the rest of it doesn't make hell of a lot of sense. There's a curse, and a hotel, and...zombies? I mean I think they're zombies? But why they're zombies is a little confusing.

Also, even though most of the cast speaks English, most of the dialogue is still dubbed, as tended to be the case with almost all Italian horror movies, and that can be a little disorienting. Still, as with any giallo (which, maybe this is one??), there are some beautiful moments, and some insanely gory moments. Who cares if half the time you don't know what the hell is going on? (Although I think it may literally be hell going on.)

The Beyond is available to stream on Shudder.

1 comment:

Caffeinated Joe said...

Creepy and gory and I am still not sure I even understood it all.