Buio Omega (1979) from Tuna

Buio Omega (1979) has been variously known as Beyond the Darkness, Blue Holocaust, Buried Alive, The Final Darkness (IMDB's favorite) and In quella casa.


A young man lives in the villa left to him by his recently deceased parents, and works doing taxidermy. When his girlfriend dies, he assures her that he will never leave her, exhumes the body, and stuffs her. His kinky housekeeper has her own designs on him, hoping to marry it rich. She actually used voodoo to cause the death of the girlfriend. Over the course of the film, it becomes necessary for him to maim and murder several women. We see his removal of the girlfriend's intestines in graphic detail, including a scene where he takes a bite out of her heart for no apparent reason. The gore level remains high throughout the film.


We see extended full-frontal from Cinzia Monreale as the girlfriend's cadaver. Two other actresses show full frontal, one in a bath and dressing scene, the other as a cadaver. I was unable to ID either of the two.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • Full-screen format (mislabeled as widescreen on the box)

It is Joe D'Amato's favorite of his films, and reaches the heights of gore and nudity. D'Amato (Real name Aristide Massaccesi) finished off his long career during hard core porn, as did his male lead, Kieran Canter. All of the positive comments I found talked about how sick and disgusting the film is, as if that is a good thing. The special gore effects are very effective -- so much so that the hot rumor at the time of release was that they had used actual cadavers. If you hate Euro-gore, this one will surely disgust you, but if you are a genre fan, you will want to see this one, which is fully restored and contains all of the footage often deleted for US screening. There is a driving sound track by Dario Argento's favorite group, Goblin. The transfer is rather nice, and there are some special features, such as cast interview.  

The Critics Vote

  • no major reviews online.

The People Vote ...

IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C.

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