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7 Doors to Death
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85 min (NTSC) (SP)
Original Title / Year
...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)
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Behind this doorway lie the terrifying and unspeakable secrets of hell. No one who sees it lives to describe it. And you shall live in darkness for all eternity.

The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places... And from the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth.

The Beyond (Italian: L'aldilà, also released in an edited VHS format as Seven Doors of Death) is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is considered by some horror film fans to be one of the best movies made by the Italian director.[1] The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy (along with City of the Living Dead and The House by the Cemetery), The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part because of the film's gore-filled murder sequences, which had been heavily censored when the film was originally released in the United States in 1983.

Though it was released in Europe in 1981, The Beyond did not see a U.S. release until 1983 through Aquarius Releasing.[3] The film was released to theaters for a brief theatrical run under the alternate title, Seven Doors of Death. Besides changing the name of the film, the film was heavily edited to tone down the film's graphic murder sequences with a new musical score. This alternately titled re-edited version was quickly released on video by Thriller Video.
As years went on, demand for a high quality, official uncensored release of The Beyond grew considerably, especially as the VHS copies under the title of Seven Doors of Death went out of print and became next to impossible to find.
In the mid-1990s, Bob Murawski and Sage Stallone of Grindhouse Releasing went to Italy and met with director Lucio Fulci (and subsequently with his daughter) in order to obtain the rights to re-master and distribute the film. Murawski and Stallone had completely digitally remastered and produced the DVD, uncut and completely uncensored, and meticulously curated all the numerous bonus materials. In order to receive a wider audience, filmmaker and distributor Quentin Tarantino lent his name to the finished DVD and it was re-released through a division of Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Production Company and Miramax Films. The Beyond played throughout the U.S. as a midnight movie feature and was the highest earning film for Rolling Thunder at that time. The film has since been continuously re-released solely by Grindhouse Releasing, the official licensed distributor of the film in North America.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, The Beyond has an approval rating of 61%, though is certified just barely "fresh".[4] Allmovie praised the film, calling it a "surreal and bloody horror epic", labeling it "Italian horror at its nightmarish extreme".[5] Time Out, on the other hand, called it "A shamelessly artless horror movie whose senseless story – a girl inherits a spooky, seedy hotel which just happens to have one of the seven doors of Hell in its cellar – is merely an excuse for a poorly connected series of sadistic tableaux of torture and gore."[6] Noted film critic Roger Ebert gave the film half a star out of four, writing "The movie is being revived around the country for midnight cult showings. Midnight is not late enough

In 1927, a band of angry townsfolk travel deep into the Louisiana Bayou to destroy an Satanic painter named Schweik. In an isolated Gothic hotel basement, they chain-whip, crucify, and shower the warlock in a flesh-emulsifying liquid. But they are too late. Schweik had already opened one of the seven dread gateways to Hell beneath the eerie hotel. Many years later, Liza (Catriona MacColl) comes to Louisiana to claim her inheritance: Schweik's Seven Doors Hotel. With the help of the hotel's longtime housekeeper and her caretaker son, Liza begins renovations on the property. But their work is plagued by bizarre and supernatural events: a normally sure footed painter falls off a scaffolding, a plumber has his eyes inadvertently poked out, an architect researching the hotel's origins is attacked by a band of blood-sucking tarantulas and, ultimately, the housekeeper is impaled on an unfortunately placed spike.

Release Date: March 1983

Distrib: Aquarius Releasing