Beyond, The

1981 / d. Lucio Fulci
A.K.A. SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH. Yet another addition to the bloody and viscera-filled resume of Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci himself. In this one, the restoration of an old hotel in the steamy depths of Louisiana unearth one of the legendary seven gates into Hell. Not only that, but the opening of it allows a legion of shambling zombies to wreak havoc on all innocents involved. Truly a masterpiece of the splatter genre, THE BEYOND is infused with enough unnatural carnage to please the most demented of viewers. There’s Fulci’s prerequisite eye gouging, a woman who is unfortunately caught at the wrong end of a jar of burning acid, a man whose face is chewed away by rubber tarantulas, and the greatest (and perhaps only) scene of a cute little zombie girl getting an iceberg-sized hole blown right through her kisser! If that isn’t a selling point to see this movie immediately if you haven’t already done so, then I don’t know what love is. A must watch. Other films of interest include THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, ZOMBIE 2, and THE CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. (JC)