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Beyond The Darkness

Beyond The Darkness (1979)
Buio Omega – 1979
A fate worse than death!

Joe D’Amato
Ottavio Fabbri
Giacomo Guerrini
Kieran Canter – Frank Wyler
Cinzia Monreale – Anna Völkl & Elena Völkl
Franca Stoppi – Iris
Sam Modesto – Mr. Kale
Anna Cardini – Jan, hitchhicker
Lucia D’Elia – Jogging victim
Mario Pezzin
Walter Tribus
Klaus Rainer
Edmondo Vallini – Detective #1
Simonetta Allodi – Disco Lady

Review by Sven Soetemans
One of the nastiest highlights ever made!

Murder, mayhem and mutilation…shown in all its pride and glory! Buio Omega a.k.a Buried Alive a.k.a Beyond the Darkness is a finger-licking and ultra-gory sleazefest. D’Amato’s seventies film certainly is a landmark in the Italian shlock/sick cinema as it contains some of the grossest and explicit nauseating sequences ever shot on film. The young and introvert Frank cannot live without his recently deceased girlfriend Anna, so he digs up her corpse, embalms her and keeps her around his mansion. After this, he descends further into madness and starts to kill girls randomly and his freaky housekeeper Iris assists him. Now, Frank is pretty messed up in the head but Iris is just downright insane!! She makes a hobby out of dismembering dead bodies and she breastfeeds the 22-year-old Frank!

The first half hour may seem a little lame and low on bloodshed but, as soon as the gore kicks in, it doesn’t stop till the end credits role and it becomes more and more repulsive by the minute! D’Amato serves a disturbingly realistic embalming-process along with some detailed torturing scenes, dissections and gruesome butchering! Of course, like it should in Italian’s nastiest, there are a lot of perversely orientated undertones present such as necrophilia, cannibalism and even a variant on the ‘Oedipus’-theme!

Joe d’Amato never was world’s most brilliant director. That’s okay, since he never claimed to be and he always clearly mentioned his influences. He’s more like a businessman with more adult films on his repertoire…The horror films he made are vicious but technically weak, all together! Nonetheless, Buio Omega is an exception! Unlike his other horror films, Buried Alive has tension, a great soundtrack, a constant morbid atmosphere and even a bit of surprisingly good acting! Cinzia Monreale, who plays the dead love-interest Anna, became more famous after starring in Fulci’s masterpiece the Beyond and the creepy aunt Iris also starred in a few delightful `babes behind bars’ flicks. The circle of fans that likes this kind of films is rather small…but they’re very devoted. For them, Buio Omega is a must see!

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