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demons

Demons

1985 / d. Lamberto Bava
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Italian gore-fest that delivers all the graphic grotesqueries that a horror fan could hope for. Shoestring plot features individuals trapped in a movie theatre while a demonic force possesses them one by one. Corny but entertaining transformation scenes, an eye gouging to rival Fulci, and an extended demon-slaying involving a motorcycle and a samurai sword. It’s ridiculous, but it works.

thebeyond

Beyond, The

1981 / d. Lucio Fulci
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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)

aftermath

Aftermath

1994 / d. Nacho Cerda
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A film not for the weak of stomach or heart. The scenario is simplistic but all-too disturbing: a medical examiner fondles and defiles the corpse of a young woman who is the victim of a car accident. Cerda doesn’t let up on the realistic gore in this unsettling picture. We watch the clinical dissection of cadavers, all brains and slobbering intestines included. The real horror starts when we realize what the perverted examiner is up to. Despite showing the rotting and squashed carcass of a dog as well as the blending of a heart and vicious stabbing of a female’s private area, AFTERMATH still possesses an air of profound beauty. The fascination with death becomes our own and soon we find we cannot look away from the screen, no matter how disgusting and vile the acts may be. Watch this if you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with. (JC)