(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.
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
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.
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
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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