Beyond the Darkness – Italy, 1979


Buio Omega – aka Beyond the Darkness, Buried Alive and Blue Holocaust – is a 1979 Italian horror feature film directed by Joe D’Amato [Aristide Massaccesi] from a screenplay by Ottavio Fabbri, based on a storyline by Giacomo Guerrini. It stars Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale and Franca Stoppi.

The notable synth score is by Goblin (credited as The Goblins). 

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On an estate in the Italian countryside, Francesco mourns his deceased lover. Soon pain and loss turn to madness and violence, as this troubled young man decides he cannot part with his love just yet.



Excavating her corpse, he preserves her body with excruciating attention to detail. That, however, is only the beginning. Soon he is overcome with rage, murdering innocent young women and anyone else who infringes on the privacy of his estate…

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There were rumours that D’Amato used actual cadavers in some of the autopsy scenes and during the attack on the hitchhiker. D’Amato denied this and the presence of pretty obvious prosthetics backs up his denial.


‘Despite a couple of missteps here and there, D’Amato’s movie is capped off with a nifty little shock moment that is a fitting end to an already intriguing, lunch launching little movie. Beyond the Darkness is still a strong feature all these years later and a shining, if highly repugnant example of extreme Italian horror.’ Cool Ass Cinema

‘Despite its shortcomings, Beyond the Darkness has some truly classic scenes that could potentially stick in the viewer’s mind forever. A must for all fans of Italian horror cinema, Beyond the Darkness could well be D’Amato’s best movie.’ The Spinning Image

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‘Unfortunately, Massacessi’s approach is cheaply realist, trying to shock by unimaginatively filming butchery and cruelty. The potential poetry … is kept at bay by the crudely exploitative approach…’ Phil Hardy (editor), The Aurum Film Encyclopedia

Beyond the Darkness (Joe D'Amato, 1979)

Beyond the Darkness is a great movie; gory, kinky and surreal in a way that only D’Amato could deliver it. His cinematography leaves nothing to complain about, he knows what he wants from his compositions and that’s what we get. Ornella Micheli’s editing is perfect once again, and then there’s that excellent soundtrack by Goblin, that constantly keeps the movie moving along with their progressive rhythms …’ CiNEZiLLA


Main cast:

Kieran Canter
Cinzia Monreale – The Beyond; The Sweet House of Horrors; The Stendhal Syndrome
Franca Stoppi – The Other Hell
Sam Modesto
Anna Cardini
Lucia D’Elia





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On July 25, 2017, Severin Films released Beyond the Darkness on Blu-ray, with a bonus CD soundtrack disc.

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  • Joe D’Amato: The Horror Experience
  • The Omega Woman: Interview With Actress Franca Stoppi (17 Minutes)
  • Goblin Reborn Perform Buio Omega Live 2016
  • Locations Revisited
  • Sick Love – An Interview With ActressCinzia Monreale
  • Trailer
  • CD Soundtrack (Blu-ray exclusive)

Ad mat from The Daily Oklahoman, May 25, 1979


A goregrind metal band named themselves after the film.

Image credits: Groovy DoomWrong Side of the Art!


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