Eyeball-popping fun! No, actually, while plenty of eyeballs get popped, the movie was kind of slow. The mood is set fairly well, but I still think Zombie was Fulci's most cohesive movie. This one has a lot of loose ends, and pointless plot-detours. The acting isn't bad, but certainly is not good.
This movie has plenty of the Fulci trademarks you've come to expect: a gate into hell, a freaky old book, popping eyeballs, buckets of blood, and in general a lot of gore sequences that don't exactly fit. But, isn't that why we love Fulci? *chuckle*
On to the plot. A woman named Liza (Catriona MacColl) gets a Louisiana hotel from her dead uncle. But, you guessed it, the hotel was built on one of the gates of hell. A weird old artist/magician was killed in room 36, and Liza has weird hallucinations and discovers a strange text called the Book of Eibon. And, you guessed it again, mayhem ensues. People start dying, a blind woman starts telling Liza stories about the hotel, and the dead walk the earth. Or do they?
This is one of those bad movies I really want to like, though I can't figure out why. No matter how many times I hear people call this movie Fulci's "masterpiece," I can't help but like Zombie better. The Beyond's pace isn't as consistent, and there's a lot more pointless scenes. Worth seeing once, if only to argue about it.