The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore)

Fri, Jul 16, 2010

1981, Dir. Lucio Fulci
with Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck and Cinzia Monreale

Second in the Gates of Hell trilogy, The Beyond has become known as Fulci’s masterpiece and a seminal work of the horror genre. The movie's ending has changed perceptions of what horror films could be.

After a lynch mob crucifies the artist Schweick at Louisiana's Seven Doors Hotel, they open another of the seven doors of Hell.

Several decades later, after inheriting the hotel, Liza Merril (Catriona MacColl) decides to re-open it, inadvertently unlocking the gateway to the afterlife.

As the halls of the Seven Doors become filled with living dead, Liza and her real estate agent must track down the mystic Book of Eibon that supposedly contains the answers to the nightmare at hand, while dealing with face-eating tarantulas, a young girl possessed by undead spirits and Schweick, who has returned as a malevolent, indestructible corpse, apparently in control of supernatural forces.

A homage to Fulci’s idol, the French playwright Antonin Artaud, The Beyond explores Artaud’s concepts of a theatre based less on linear plot and instead on "cruel" imagery and symbolism that could shock its audience into action. The result becomes a horrifically poetic imagining of the realms of life, death and what lies in between.

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*Discount taken at door

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