October 7, 2016

31 Days of Horror Blu-rays: The Beyond (1981)

"From legendary Italian horror master Lucio Fulci comes the ultimate classic of supernatural terror. A cursed hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to hell, becomes a malevolent abyss that begins devouring both the bodies and the souls of all who enter in a graphic frenzy of gory crucifixions, brutal chain-whippings, eyeball impalements, sulphuric acid meltdowns, flesh-eating tarantulas, throat-shredding demon dogs and ravenous bloodthirsty zombies. THE BEYOND is a towering achievement in hair-raising, mind-bending cinematic terror!"

The Beyond Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing is a thing of beauty.It looks great, offers a metric TON of Special Features spread across 3-discs, and it's honestly one of the best Blu-ray packages that we've ever seen.

Special Features:

  • Spectacular hi-definition digital transfer of the original UNCENSORED Director's Cut.
  • Breathtaking 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound re-mix by Academy Award winner Paul Ottosson.
  • Provocative commentary by stars Catriona MacColl and genre superstar David Warbeck.
  • Optional Italian language soundtrack and original mono mix.
  • New in-depth interviews with stars Catriona MacColl, Cinzia Monreale and Giovanni De Nava, U.S. production manager Larry Ray, make-up artists Giannetto DeRossi and Maurizio Trani, cinematographer Sergio Salvati, writer Dardano Sacchetti, producer Fabrizio De Angelis, composer Fabio Frizzi, original U.S. distributor Terry Levene, and Antonella Fulci.
  • Rare archival interviews with director Lucio Fulci and David Warbeck.
  • Lost German pre-credit sequence in FULL COLOR.
  • Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailers.
  • Liner notes by legendary horror journalist Chas. Balun and EuroHorror expert Martin Beine.
  • BONUS CD - original soundtrack album by Fabio Frizzi newly remastered in stunning 96khz sound from the original studio master tapes.
  • Chilling limited edition GLOW-IN-THE-DARK slip cover.

I've said it before and I will say it forever; you can't watch old school Italian Horror flicks expecting them to be coherent, or have a strong plot, or make a lick of sense. You watch them because despite many of them being shitty movies, they work exceptionally well on a visual and atmospheric level.

The Beyond will absolutely confuse the shit out of you, but it's so crazy good that you won't care. Even if you do, you'll forgive it it's trespasses, because you almost have to.It's also got what may be the best killshot in Horror movie history, so, bonus.

If you've never seen this Fulci classic, or if you've always been curious about old Italian zombie flicks, get yourself a copy of this Blu-ray and get ready to have your mind blown.


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