BEYOND THE DARKNESS
aka BURIED ALIVE
1979, Severin Films, 94 min, USA, Dir: Joe D’Amato

Sleaze merchant Joe D’Amato crafts his masterpiece as he mixes art, sex and death in one of the most disturbing pieces of Eurotrash committed to celluloid. Grief-stricken by his wife’s death, Frank can’t let go. So he taxidermies her body so he can keep her forever. When that doesn’t fulfill all his desires, Frank tries to find a living replacement.


THE BEYOND
…E TU VIVRAI NEL TERRORE! L’ALDILÀ
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

In director Lucio Fulci’s gothic masterpiece, Lisa (Catriona MacColl) inherits a decrepit New Orleans hotel and hopes to renovate it. What her real estate agent failed to tell her is that one of seven doors to Hell is in the cellar; after several gruesome accidents, the passageway opens, unleashing a horde of zombies. Both gory and surreal, Fulci's tribute to Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty is not so much a film as a stunning series of brutal images - faces eaten by spiders, seeing-eye dogs gone mad, men losing eyeballs and, of course, blood-soaked bodies. With one of Fabio Frizzi's most menacing scores.


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