‘The Beyond‘ is probably Lucio Fulci’s most revered film, and it is usually held up as being Fulci’s masterpiece among critics.
The plot of the film isn’t especially groundbreaking or original, a girl basically inherits an old hotel and whilst renovating it she accidentally opens a previously sealed gateway to hell, but the surreal imagery and nightmarish murder scenes have ensured that the film has gained a cult following over the years.
The soundtrack was composed by long-time Fulci collaborator Fabio Frizzi, and the score for The Beyond is a perfect accompaniment to the movie, with many horror soundtrack fans holding it up as being one of the best scores from 80s Euro-horror films.
Death Waltz Records and Mondo have now remastered and released this iconic soundtrack with the lavish treatment that we have come to expect from their re-issues.
In his collaborations with Fulchi, Frizzi created some truly iconic scores (e.g. Zombi 2), stamping himself all over the movies in the process – the best work of Frizzi’s output during the late 70s and early 80s is as arresting as the on screen images (sometimes more so, as Fulci was responsible for some dross over the years). Frizzi’s soundtrack to The Beyond has become something of a holy grail for soundtrack collectors.
The score isn’t an easy listen and it veers wildly between various styles – from atmospheric and minimal piano notes, to pounding prog rock, from synthesized drones and chants, to funk filled basslines. It is a strange mix, but it is drenched in atmosphere at the same time.
This release was remastered by experimental metal & noise guitarist James Plotkin. The artwork and gatefold sleeve is designed by Rob Jones and the release is a strictly limited edition with 1500 copies pressed on 180g vinyl. The release date in May 22nd 2015, but expect it to sell out before it hits the shelves of your local record store.
Check out some audio from Fabio Frizzi’s soundtrack for The Beyond:
Fans and collectors would do well to keep one eye on Amazon for copies springing up on their marketplace from time to time.