The Beyond (1981) is an Italian horror movie that is also known as Seven Doors of Death. The Beyond is a cult favorite over the years, and it just might be because of its originality and gore factor. Director Lucio Fulci (City of the Living Dead (1980), The House by the Cemetery (1981), Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)) put all of his directing experience together and gave us this masterpiece. The movie contains violence, suspense, thrills, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, graphic gross images and gore galore.
The movie revolves around the murder of warlock artist Schweick (Antoine Saint-John - Ginger and Fred (1986), My Name Is Nobody (1973), Once Upon a Time in the Revolution (1971)) by a lynch mob in 1927 in Louisiana’s Seven Doors Hotel. Liza Merrill (Catriona MacColl - The House by the Cemetery (1981), City of the Living Dead (1980), A Good Year (2006)) was residing in New York a few decades later (about 50 years later) when she found out that she inherited the Seven Doors Hotel. Liza started to renovate the hotel so that she can reopen it but soon started second guessing herself after bizarre; strange incidents start happening to her workers. The painter had a terrible fall and injured himself. The plumber, Joe (Giovanni De Nava) had his eyes gouged out after attending to a flood from the cellar. The hotel maid, Martha (Veronica Lazar - Last Tango in Paris (1972), Me and You (2012), Inferno (1980)) found Joe’s body sometime later.
Emily (Cinzia Monreale - Beyond the Darkness (1979), The Sweet House of Horrors (1989), Piedone d’Egitto (1980)) warns Liza that she has put herself in danger and made a terrible mistake when she took ownership of the hotel. After a few more incidents and death, Liza soon learns of the history that follows the hotel that she now owns. She became aware of the Seven Doors Hotel being one of the seven doors to death that allows the dead to have access to the living world. Liza starts having strange occurrences of her own where she is the only one that can see certain things. She tried to show others but whatever she is showing them disappears, and she appears as a luny. The movie entails so much more but of course, I will not give more information/spoilers. Watch the movie and you would not be disappointed.
The Beyond was an amazing watch that I will watch again with my horror friends. Warning - you have to have a strong stomach to watch this gut-wrenching gore filled movie. The director did an awesome job with the horrifying unique gory deaths. The make-up effects were magnificent for the time era it was done. The cinematography, set, light, cast and once again the director were all astonishing.
About The Beyond (1981)
Starring: Pat Starke, Catriona MacColl, Michele Mirabella, Al Cliver, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Lucio Fulci, Veronica Lazar, Amedeo Salamon, Sergio Salvati, Larry Ray, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John, Anthony Flees, Giovanni De Nava, Gianpaolo Saccarola, Maria Pia Marsala, Laura De Marchi, Cicely Browne, Gilberto Galimberti, Dardano Sacchetti
Director: Lucio Fulci
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