This book contains 195 horror and horror-adjacent movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2018. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
How dark can this get?
If you can look passed two children who can’t act and whose personalities are amplified by dramatic zooms and dollies, then you just might make it through the first act of this thing. This is the second sequel of a small film called Ghosthouse, but the story is in no way related. Beyond Darkness contains several frightening scenes but they are disjointed, leaving the audience generally unaffected.
The ambient score is not always appropriate. It lasts too long or starts too early to make us care. The constant intervention of the clergy puts his movie on a one-noted track it never leaves, for better or worse. Some people enjoy spirituality in their horror films, some hate it. For one thing, the priests lead us to believe we’re dealing with demons rather than ghosts or revenants.
In a nutshell, this is a family horror drama combined with the structure of an exorcism film. In fact, the last act totally rips off 1973’s The Exorcist. This film hits and misses. It’s a collection of cool ideas that don’t do well once assembled. It’s a bunch of cliches that remind us of much better productions. The ghosts talk too much, the humans overact. Things are a little messy indeed...