The Beyond

Depending on who you ask, Lucio Fulci's The Beyond is either one of the greatest, most artistic horror films ever made, or an interconnected series of mindless gore and pointless pretentious imagery. Those who say the latter are what we call ''wrong.'' Fulci set his surrealist haunted house film atop a gate between the living and the dead. Even though the distribution company holding Fulci's leash at the time forced him to add zombies and shoot-outs to maximize the film's marketing potential, he still managed to pair an existentialist exploration of physical dimensions along with stomach-turning gore and real terror. It remains a classic every horror fan must see. Bob Murawski and Sage Stallone of Grindhouse Releasing undertook remastering and restoring the heavily-censored film with the blessing of the Fulci family back in the 1990s. The resulting print beautifully shows off Fulci's full, uncut vision the way the Italian master intended it to be seen.
Fri., Feb. 8, 10 p.m., 2013


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