It’s October, the month of Halloween and what would be more clichéd than doing a countdown of top horror films, so fully admitting to being a walking cliché, I will be doing a series of blogs running down the films in my own personal top 20. Here’s the previous blogs for numbers 20, Audition, 19, Night of the Demon, 18, Zombie Flesh Eaters and 17, Last House on the Left.
At number 16 it’s the utter barking mad insanity of Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond.
The plot of the film is that a door to hell is in a hotel in Louisiana. A woman (Katherine McColl) inherits it, a doctor (David Warbeck) helps her as zombies, flesh eating spiders, and general carnage breaks out. The End.
Like the previous Fulci film on my list, Zombie Flesh Eaters, this is another film where the plot is designed to get the viewer from one gory set-piece to another The opening is an astonishingly brutal and gory set piece, which then sets up another gory set piece later in the film, but once the film gets going not only does the pace not stop, but the narrative becomes more and more disjointed as the gore gets more and more over the top, including a scene of eyeball injury and a possessed schoolgirls head being blown off.
Then there’s the scene with the spiders. Oh dear me there’s the scene with the spiders. this one goes in the so bad it’s brilliant type of scene.
I love The Beyond. It’s beautifully shot, terribly acted with some of the worst dialogue ever, but the whole thing works in spite of it all. It’s a romp with zombies, demons, warlocks and plastic spiders. See it as it’s a perfect Saturday night film.
Next time, is that a bad moon rising?