…E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà (1981)

Italy, 1981
86m (UK), 87m (USA), 88m (Italy)
35mm film, Eastmancolor, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English, Italian
Original Release Date: 22 April 1981 (Italy)

An Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It’s the third of Fulci’s zombie movies (known as The Beyond in the UK and Seven Doors of Death in the USA) and his second film (sandwiched between Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980) and Quella villa accanto al cimitero (1981) to feature gateways to Hell. It was made during a particularly prolific period for Fulci – between 1979 and 1982 he directed eight feature films and a television mini-series.

Plot Summary

A young woman inherits an old hotel in New Orleans, not realising that the building is standing on one of the gateways to Hell itself. People soon start dying in grisly ways and before long, the local hospital is soon full of zombies.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Lucio Fulci [Lewis (or Louis) Fuller on US prints]
© [not given on screen]
Produced by: Fabrizio de Angelis for Fulvia Films
Screenplay: Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio Mariuzzo, Lucio Fulci
Story: Dardano Sacchetti
Director of Photography: Sergio Salvati
Film Editor: Vincenzo Tomassi
Music by: Fabio Frizzi
US Version Music: Mitch Tuspeh, Ira Tuspeh
Sound Engineer: Ugo Celani
Costume Designer: Massimo Lentini
Make-up Artist: Maurizio Trani
Hairstylist: Luciana Palombi
Special Effects and Make-up Created by: Giannetto De Rossi
Special Effects: Germano Natali
Titles and Visual Effects: Penta Studio
Design: Massimo Lentini

Cast
Katherine McColl (Liza Merrill)
David Warbeck (Dr John McCabe)
Sarah Keller [real name: Cinzia Monreale] (Emily)
Antoine Saint Jean (Schweik)
Veronica Lazar (Martha)
Anthony Flees (Larry)
Giovanni de Nava (Joe)
Al Cliver (Doctor Harris)
Michele Mirabella (Martin Avery)
Giampaolo Saccarola (Arthur)
Maria Pia Marsale (Jill)
Laura De Marchi (Mary Ann)
Lucio Fulci [librarian – uncredited]
Roberto Dell’Acqua [zombie – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

L’Au dela – France
The Beyond – UK/USA
…E tu vivrai nel terrore l’aldila – publicity title
Die Geisterstadt der Zombies – Germany
Hotel der Verdoemden
Es maas alla
– Spain
As sete portas do inferno
Seven Doors of Death
– USA
Uber dem Jenseits – Germany
Woodoo rædslernes hotel – Denmark

See also
Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980)
Quella villa accanto al cimitero (1981)
The Void (2016)

Press

1981
Starburst no.40 (1981)
Definitely [Fulci’s] best yet, and while that really isn’t saying a lot, it’s a step in the right direction or all lovers of Italian Gothique. […] Sometimes [the plot] is downright confusing especially as there is no time left at all for the main characters, and us, to keep track of how many victims there actually are […] and yet there is something lurking beneath the surface. The Beyond is the work of a talented but careless minor master. – from a review by Alan Jones

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.575 (December 1981)
Allowing for two or three visually striking passages – and granting that, from Bava onwards, narrative cohesion has not been the strong suit of Italian horror movies – the film is still completely undone by its wildly disorganised plot. The lack of any consistent convention is compounded in the version under review by the way the supposed Louisiana setting (a few location shots mixed with shaky studio intimations) underlines the oddity and sheer ineptitude of the dubbed English dialogue. – from a review by Tim Pulleine

1982
Films and Filming no.328 (January 1982)
[The film has a] distinct feeling for the macabre and the uncanny, a decidedly Gothic atmosphere, in other words an understanding of the demands of the “fantastique”. Overall it’s not as impressive (or as derivative) as Jorge Grau’s The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (though both films share the same excellent make-up artist Gianetto de Rossi), and it’s really too early to judge whether, as has been suggested, Fulci has taken over the Mario Bava mantle but nonetheless, awkward dubbing and often inappropriate score apart, The Beyond is quite an impressive addition to the ever-growing zombie cycle. – from a review by Julian Petley

1996
Spaghetti Cinema no.65 (August 1996)
While Fulci said that he intended The Beyond to be a plotless and absolute film, it pretends to have a plot, and the characters spend much of the film’s running time wandering about as if they are attempting to solve the mystery of what’s going on. Unfortunately, the only explanation given sounds uncomfortably close to the ad line for Dawn of the Dead. – from a review by William Connolly

References

Periodicals

  • Cahiers du Cinema no.329 (November 1981) p.63 – review
  • Delirium no.4 pp.17-18 – review, credits
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.21 (1981) pp.56-58 – illustrated article
  • Empire November 1998 p.95 – review
  • Fangoria no.141 (April 1995) pp.62-68 – illustrated article
  • Fangoria no.176 (September 1998) pp.40-43, 76 – illustrated interview
  • Fantasy Film Memory Directed By… no.2 pp.9-10, 35 – review
  • Films vol.2 no.3 (February 1982) p.32 – review (by Eric Braun)
  • Films and Filming no.328 (January 1982) pp.37-38 – illustrated review (by Julian Petley)
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.17 – video data
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.279 no.29 (22 November 1983) – review (by Gerry Putzer)
  • In the Flesh no.3 p.6 – review
  • Macabro no.1 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.575 (December 1981) p.243 – credits, synopsis, review (by Tim Pulleine)
  • Raw Virus no.1 – review
  • Screen International no.316 (31 October 1981) p.19 – review by Marjorie Bilbow
  • Screen International no.492 (13 April 1985) p.70 – note that The Beyond has been removed from the Director of Public Prosecution’s ‘video nasties’ list
  • Spaghetti Cinema no.27 – review by John Thonen
  • Spaghetti Cinema no.65 (August 1996) p.42 – credits, article (by William Connolly)
  • Starburst no.40 (1981) pp.12-13 – illustrated review (by Alan Jones)
  • Starburst no.64 p.43 – note
  • Variety 15 October 1980 p.194 – production details (Italian Production Chart)
  • Variety 18 March 1981 p.160 – production details (Italian Production Chart)
  • Variety 1 July 1981 p.16 – review (by Yung)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) pp.361-362
  • Beyond Terror by Stephen Thrower p.278 – credits, review
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.342 – review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.384-85
  • Film Review 1982-1983 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.142 – credits, review
  • Film Yearbook 1983 by Maurice Speed p.10 – review, credits
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.508
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.114 – credits, review
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.351-352 – credits, synopsis, review
  • House of Psychotic Women by Kier-La Janisse p.123
  • Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989 by Roberto Curti – pp.64-72 – Italian credits, notes
  • Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.37-41 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik p.45 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.71-74
  • Seduction of the Gullible (2nd edition) by John Martin pp.19-21 – review, censorship details
  • Spaghetti Nightmares p.163 – credits
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) pp.191
  • Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.14-27; 88-107 – illustrated article (Morti viventi: Zombies Italian-style by Alan Jones); illustrated article (The gross-out factor by Adrian Luther-Smith)
  • Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For by Dr Arnold T. Blumberg, Andrew Hershberger pp.36-40 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review