The Beyond aka Seven Doors of Death 2000 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
I’ve been meaning to see some Lucio Fulci films for a long time, and last night I was finally given the chance. In fact it was by mistake that I was browsing the horror DVDs at FYE when I stumbled across a disturbing cover of a movie called “Seven Doors of Death”. I saw that the director was Lucio Fulci, so I became very interested, went home and started to read up on the film. It turns out “Seven Doors of Death” was another name for his very popular film (which some consider his masterpiece) “The Beyond”. I read on to find out that “Seven Doors of Death” was in fact the heavily cut US version of the film. Then while reading up on the DVD I had found, I saw that this DVD was labeled “Uncut”. Confused, yet still interested I purchased the film (besides it was only $6.99 anyways) and watched it later that night. To my delight, the film was definitely the uncut version of “The Beyond”.
The film starts out with a bunch of angry villagers barging into some huge building and attacking an evil warlock. The man reveals that the house they have stepped into is one of the seven doors to Hell, and the only way to save them is if he helped them. However, they ignore him, proceeding to beat him with chains, Jesus Christ style, crucifying him to a wall, and throwing, what I believe is acid into his face.
Shift forward 54 years and meet Liz Merril (played by Catriona MacColl), a young woman from New York who has recently inherited the building from an uncle who passed. She decides to turn the building into a hotel, which she names the Seven Doors Hotel. Upon her arrival, right away freak occurrences start happening, as one of the men working on the house falls off of his scaffold after he says the image of a woman in the window. He continues to mutter in horror “Her eyes! Her eyes!”. Later on, the plumber Joe also meets his demise inside of the house.
While driving to the store Liz encounters a strange blind woman and her dog in the middle of the road. She gets out to talk to the woman, and is startled for the woman already knows her name and much about her, warning her to leave the town. More strange happenings occur until finally Liz and her friend Dr. John McKay (played by David Warbeck) realize the house Liz has inherited is in fact a door way to Hell.
“The Beyond” (or the Seven Doors of Death) is my introduction to the world of Lucio Fulci. The film is very unique indeed, yet very cheesy at times (Fulci was known to work with very low budgets). The film includes everything from zombies, to hungry killer spiders, ghosts and a little girl getting her head blown in half. Very graphic, gory death scenes will haunt you (or maybe even make you laugh, because some of them are pretty cheesy). It’s very haunting and unsettling once you realize Liz and John have entered “The Beyond”.
I enjoyed the film very much for some reason, and will now continue to seek Lucio Fulci films. My next stop will probably be “Zombie” or the “City of the Living Dead”. My personal favorite character of the movie was the blind girl Emily, just something about her was very intriguing. I definitely recommend this film if you’re looking for a good, unique horror film!
About The Beyond (aka Seven Doors of Death) (2000)
Starring: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Sarah Keller, Antoine Saint John, Veronica Lazar,
Runtime: 88 minutes
Director: Lucio Fulci,
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