Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Italian Double Feature

It’s about to get Italian trash cinema up in here. Many of you will think that I mean this in a bad way, as if calling these films trash would somehow mean you shouldn’t see them. Quite the opposite. Scream Factory takes another venture into the powerful world of Italian Horror films and comes out with two pieces of chum worth every penny and guaranteed to entertain (though not to scare).


What a great big sloppy mess of a movie… and I love it. The Beast Within is probably one of the best non-werewolf transformation movies out there, but I think that the devolution of the character in Metamorphosis gives it a run for its money in terms of ickiness. That’s not to say it’s technically comparable. The creature in this feature is pretty hokey but in a charming camp classic kind of way.

It’s a cautionary tale. It’s directed by the great George Eastman, famous for portraying the gut slurping, regurgitator general in Absurd and Antrhopophagus among other porn classics. It has a fantastic ending that will give you the laugh of your life. You can’t say it’s a great horror movie, but you can certainly perform your own riff track and find it immensely entertaining.

Beyond Darkness

Remember… this is directed by the same fella who directed Troll 2. That’s all you need to know. You should consider it a must watch if Troll 2 or Best Worst Movie mean anything to you because it has similar moments of preposterous humor, lack of continuity and outright insanity. Fragasso is a man who make an entertaining picture, but for the most part, the entertainment is unintentionally driven by laughter at the absurdity of most premises in the movie.  Enjoy the questionable effects. Try to sort through the plot holes as if they were a game of Sodoku.

For Beyond Darkness, take Poltergeist, Ghost House, Amityville Horror and smash em up into little pieces. Then throw them in a drawer. Then set the drawer on fire. Put the fire out with urine. Open the drawer again and there you will have Beyond Darkness. Think of this is superb unplanned trash that you can’t ignore, must watch and may lose control of you bowels during. Not for viewers who take movies too seriously.

Note: remember when Scream Factory released Ghosthouse recently and we discussed the La Casa series? This is La Casa 5. So this is how the Italians see the Evil Dead series continuing. 

You can order this Italian double feature from Scream Factory on Blu-ray. It’s delicious. It’s terrible. It’s perfect. These movies look quite good in HD though I would say that they are not quite the crisp, well-grain structured transfers you might enjoy from non-double feature discs. This is the best they’ve looked, and that should be enough to get them in your collection.

From Scream Factory:

First up is the science-fiction/horror of Metamorphosis! When his experiments in genetics are mocked by his colleagues, maverick scientist Dr. Peter Houseman takes extreme measures to prove that his untested anti-aging serum works. Injecting himself with his miracle cure, he soon experiences a terrifying change within himself that threatens not only the lives of those around him, but also his own sanity. From cult cinema mainstay George Eastman, Metamorphosis proves that nightmares may change, but fear is forever!

Next, take a terrifying trip into a world beyond fear, beyond belief… Beyond Darkness. When a man of God and his loving family move into a new house, they think they’ve found the perfect home…until they discover that their new digs were once the location where a coven of witches were burned at the stake! It’s only a matter of time before the radio starts blaring satanic chants and the cutlery takes on a mind of its own. Will the awakened evil in this house have its final revenge, or can a plucky priest fend off what lurks Beyond Darkness? This tale of terror comes from Claudio Fragasso, the director of Troll 2 (so you KNOW it’s good!).

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