#31DaysOfHorror: The Beyond (1981)

thebeyond1A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural ‘accidents’, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Well, I’ve now taken a journey into the world of Grindhouse cinema, and taken a trip to 1981’s The Beyond. If you’re interested in movies that are gross, and have disjointed or simple stories, then this is absolutely the one to have a look at. Directed by Lucio Fulci, who previously gave us City of the Dead and The House by the Cemetary, The Beyond is a pretty down and dirty little movie that focuses mostly of its attention on the cheap looking (but somehow charming) gore effects that litter the movie.

I really don’t know what to say about this one if I’m being honest. The story description at the top pretty accurately sums up what you’re getting yourself into. There are a number of strange dropped story lines about a doctor and his “brain wave machine” that another doctor makes fun of him for, and there are (of course) zombies and evil children, and a lady gets her throat and face eaten by a dog.

The only real draw this movie has comes from it’s over-the-top gore and if that’s what you’re looking for, then you might as well check this one out. It’s clear that a lot of work went into them, even at their absolute cheesiest. A couple of them stand out as being pretty grim and interesting, particularly when a monster woman is shot in the head, and loses the top half of it. There’s really just nothing else to it, unfortunately, and I really had a hard time paying attention to what was happening.

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The performances are all fine, no and the movie does have this air of charm that only films from the 1980s seem to be able to possess, but it just feels lackluster and uninspired by the time you get to the end. It also ends on a bizarre note that seems to be setting up something else, with our characters rendered blind and standing in what I can only assume is Hell.

It’s a fun little distraction with a bunch of gross kills, and honestly if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for then I recommend checking it out. It may have even done it for me at one point, but my final impression here is that it just isn’t anything special. Unfortunately.

MY RATING: **

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