Beyond the Darkness / Buio Omega (1979)

4.0 out of 5

Frank, a slightly odd taxidermist, applies his skill to his love life when his girlfriend played by Emily the blind ghost to be Cinzia Monreale, who largely earns her pay in this feature from lying perfectly still and trying not to blink, shuffles off the mortal coil.

The twin obsessions of sex and death that are frequently touched upon by Joe D'Amato are expressed in their purest form in what could be seen as a pretty twisted love story.

The stench of death is all over this movie and it has an especially grim aesthetic. The relationship between mad Frank and crazy Iris the nurturing housekeeper is also a bit weird as beyond domestic service she dishes out hand relief and breastfeeding and the bodies begin to mount up as Frankie boy seeks to hide his shameful and borderline necrophiliac tendencies.

Featuring the music of Goblin Buio Omega is a fine and somewhat grim piece of golden age Italian horror and as such should appeal to fans of film from that era and this would sit nicely alongside what dear Lucio was doing at the time. A shower may be necessary after viewing this pungent and putrid little oddity.

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