Thursday, May 2, 2013

Buio Omega: Beyond The Darkness

Buio Omega: Beyond The Darkness - 1979 - Italy - Horror/Exploitation

Buio Omega: Beyond The Darkness is a video nasty made by one of the Italian horror heavyweights of the 70's and 80's; Joe D'amato.  D'amato has made around 200 films over the years, from sleazy softcore porn to hardcore exploitation and gore, he's done it all.

Buio Omega's plot revolves around a sick, twisted man who cannot deal with the recent loss of his lover and goes to extreme measures with his equally deranged accomplice Iris to preserve her corpse and to keep his macabre secret under wraps!

Like many Italian horror/exploitation  flicks of this time period, Buio Omega sports copious amount of gore and lengthy drawn out kill scenes, including a cringeworthy autopsy/pseudo mummification and some gruesome deaths including finger nail removal and decapitation via butcher axe.   This flick has its share of effective gross out scenes and demented sexual perversion as well, however a good deal of this malevolence is committed in front of a gorgeous rural Italian landscape. Despite this Buio Omega is certainly not a movie for the faint of heart, and is a video nasty in every sense of the word.

This flick has the nostalgic bad dubbing Italian films of this era are normally accompanied with.  It also has a synthesizer score by the one of the most highly regarded composers of the genre; Goblin.  The score is certainly fun, but unfortunately its nothing compared to the Goblin masterpieces on display in films like Dario Argento's Suspiria and Deep Red or the iconic score to Romero's Dawn Of The Dead.

I've always had a soft spot for Italian horror movies from this era, and Beyond The Darkness fits nicely into the category.  A worthy addition to D'amato's huge body of work and an overall entertaining film, give it a watch!

Plot - 7/10
Blood n' Guts - 7.5/10
Perversion - 7/10
Action - 6/10
Acting - 6/10
OVERALL - 7/10 

Stealthily preparing the corpse for preservation

 Iris disposing of a body piece by piece
 Decomposing in a tub of acid.
 Being predatory in front of a breath taking landscape.
 Burnt alive in a furnace!

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