Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have an awesome episode in store for you. In this episode, we’re talking about a Fulci double-feature, 1980’s City Of The Living Dead and 1981’s The Beyond. And we even have a special guest: Joe Vitello from the B-Sides With Boog and The Horror Show podcasts!
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We start with a brief discussion of what we’ve watched lately. Liam and Justin talk about the recent Weekend Of Terror at the Mahoning Drive In, and Justin talks about the Netflix series Marianne and the movies I Trapped The Devil, Seeds, Jacob’s Ladder, Bliss, The Wind, and Climax.
Next up, our main topic: Fulci. We begin with a brief outline of City Of The Living Dead, as well as the first time we each saw the movie and the different ways the movie has affected us. We discuss our favorite scenes, as well as the level of gore in the movie. Liam explains how both this and The Beyond have been mislabeled as zombie films, an especially galling when Fulci’s Zombi is sitting right there!
Liam talks about some of his favorite Fulci trademarks, i.e. lingering shots on faces, voyeuristic camerawork with gore, and eye injury. The hated character of “Bob” is briefly discussed. Fulci’s filmography is a mixed bag of both genre and quality, and we touch upon this while discussing the semi-problematic qualities of Italian horror cinema, and the loose connections to Lovecraft in both films.
Next up is The Beyond. We give an outline of the movie, and Justin again touches upon Fulci’s trademark of lingering camerawork over ultra gory scenes in a way that is “vaguely pornographic.” The lunacy of the spider sequence and how it makes no sense at all plot wise OR logistically is touched upon, with Justin defending that scene in that it is at least well done.
We talk about our initial experiences with the film, and further discuss Fulci’s career.
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