Banned in Australia until 2014, Beyond the Darkness (1979) is the kind of film that makes you want to take a shower afterwards. Directed by Italian exploitation king Joe D’Amato, this controversial “video nasty” involves a young taxidermist who isn’t quite ready to let go of his dead girlfriend. Scored to the throbbing beats of prog-rockers Goblin and featuring one truly creepy dude in the lead role (Turkish actor Kieran Canter), Beyond the Darkness is a grisly and genuinely disturbing example of Spaghetti Splatter. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach – even the trailer is too extreme to include here! They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore.

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