The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond (1981) 87min | Horror | 27 August 1981 (UK) Summary: A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
Countries: ItalyLanguages: Italian

A woman is bequeathed an ominous building. It’s a hotel. It’s a wreck. I can’t help but think that her plans to tidy it up a bit and get it running again are a bit optimistic.

A workman falls after seeing a gruesome spectre in a window, and dies. A plumber goes into the totally flooded basement to track down a leak, and after breaking his way through several brick walls (?!), is killed by the spectre of a painter, long ago murdered on these very premises (during the opening credits, actually).

Things don’t get any better when she makes the acquaintance of Emily, a young blind woman who lives nearby, and nor do things go so well for the family of the plumber.

It’s a very curious movie. It’s more like a linked series of set pieces than a flowing storyline. The two main characters are utterly unremarkable and I can’t even remember their names right now. One of them is a doctor.

It’s a very beautiful movie, if you like gory horror. It’s a very old movie but the prosthetic makeup and effects are tidily, and impressively, done. More could have been done with the ‘hotel’ location – the rooms felt disconnected, I never felt we got the sweeping overview the location deserved – and I could have stood to see a lot less of the hospital location because it wasn’t as convincing.

But on the whole, it was worth a watch.

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