Italian horror had a period where they loved shooting in America. Whether it was Fulci or Fragasso, they loved to boogie over to random areas in NYC area or Heartland locales that allowed for cheap shoots. “Metamorphosis” is about a self-experimenting doctor that wants to stop aging. He eventually becomes a burned skin lizard man while you wonder who was helming this Joe D’ Amato knockoff film. But, there’s a second movie to wash the palate.
“Beyond Darkness” was shot in the same house as “The Beyond”, but Fulci was better at shooting it than this guy. The film is dubbed House V in some territories because they might have assumed all white people look like William Katt. The film breaks down as crazy woman kills kids on witch burial site, then gets executed. New family of whitebread folks move in and then supernatural stuff goes down. Gore is key, but the script doesn’t seem to exist.
The Blu-Ray comes with trailers as the special features. The A/V Quality pops for what is there. The transfers blow away the old VHS copies I saw via the days of Kroger Video. Plus, the DTS-HD master audio track kept the channels well-defined. Even though, I never got a sense of whether it was a mono mix or an even 2 channel mixed stuffed through the center speak. But, I attribute that to making the most out of the elements available. In the end, it’s worth a purchase to fans.
Release Date: 8/25/15