A down-on-her-luck woman inherits a run down hotel in Louisiana. An unfortunate handyman discovers a crucified warlock in the flooded basement and accidentally opens one of the seven doors of death. Zombies! Mayhem! There is extreme eye trauma, extreme head trauma and spiders tear out a guy's tongue. Can the new proprietress and some intrepid townies close the gateway before it is too late? A mysterious blind woman may hold the key. Or she may just get eaten by her German Shepherd. I have seen "The Beyond" more times than I care to disclose. Frankly, I've seen "The Beyond" more than you would probably be comfortable knowing. If you are prone to vomiting or require a coherent plot, this may not be your bag. It is the best film that will ever inspire you to scream "Why is her face melting now!?!?" Guaranteed. And honestly, if that is not enticement enough then I'm not sure that we can be friends.
This gruesome Louisiana-set horror film opens with a 1927 prologue featuring a Satanic artist being crucified and melted alive with quicklime in the basement of an old hotel. Half a century later, pretty Liza (Catriona MacColl) inherits the hotel, not suspecting that it is one of seven gateways to Hell. A workman breaks his neck, another has his eyeball gouged out by a zombie, a woman's head is melted by a vat of acid, and an architect has his face eaten by hungry tarantulas who chew out his tongue. Dozens of cannibalistic zombies attack Liza and her disbelieving lover (David Warbeck), who joins her in Hell in the film's downbeat conclusion. The gory special effects by Gianetto de Rossi and Germano Natali are nauseatingly effective, although the script (by Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo and director Lucio Fulci) tends to wander and the pacing is a trifle slow. Robert Firsching, Rovi