The Almanac of Terror 2018: 88 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

Beyond the Limits

The caretaker of an old cemetery tells a journalist the stories of two dead men.

 

Germany
2003
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Supernatural
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
2
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Dimensional: 
Hellish

Story 1

A mobster kidnaps and kills a group of people for questionable reasons.

Story 2

In medieval Europe, a sadist searches for an ancient relic that could grand him power and eternity.

4
Cold-blooded
5.04
4
6
5.04
1
2
3

Story 1

Story 2

Effects
Editing
Pace
This is a fascinating film with major weaknesses and strengths that basically got butchered in the cutting room. It’s an anthology horror film with two long segments and a wraparound story. It’s disjointed and random. Why two stories? Why not three? This one is at times hard to sit through. The dialogue is cringy. It was obviously written by foreign artists and the actors just played along.
The editing is atrocious. Bad compositing, useless cross-fades, weird transitions; the creators obviously worried that the intrigue wasn’t intense enough and went nuts in post-production. It’s too bad because the direction is competent. Beyond the Limits is so violent you basically feel like you’ve committed these murders yourself. There is gore every other scene and it looks painful!
The first segment is about gangsters kidnapping and killing a bunch of people. The second segment takes place in middle ages and tells the story of a sadist looking for an ancient magical relic granting eternal life and power. The two stories are linked together but aren’t suited aesthetically and narratively. Beyond the Limits means well, but it’s thirty minutes too long.
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