Movie Review - Beyond the Grave
Recently I was approached by Lockheart Filmes out of Brazil about reviewing their 2010 film, Beyond the Grave. As I am not one to refuse a free horror film, I was happy to oblige. But what I got with Beyond the Grave was much more than your average horror film, it's a post-apocalyptic zombie film rolled inside a sort of neo-spaghetti-western. The movie is extremely stylistic and at times even a bit abstract, which creates a unique and visually appealing viewing experience. The only small issue I had with the film is that we aren't given enough back story to make us feel invested in the characters. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy the film, I did, but in the end there were a few questions left unanswered and it left me wanting more. I am unsure when the film will see American distribution, though I am told that there are plans to release it on Hulu before the end of this year. Keep your eyes out for this movie - it's certainly original, just a tiny bit uneven.
In his feature length debut, writer / director Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro does an amazing job of creating an intriguing world unlike the ones we have seen in other post-apocalyptic films, a surrealistic and hazy backdrop against which the characters struggle to survive. But as good as the setting is, the strength of the film lies in the director's style. Successfully combining elements of horror, fantasy, magic and westerns, and pitting good against the ultimate evil, he weaves together an atmospheric tapestry that plays out like a poem about isolation and death. The acting and special effects were equally impressive, considering the film was shot on a low budget. Overall this is a well made movie with a definitive visual style that separates the director from other indie-horror film makers. In the end, I just wish there were a little bit more back story for the characters so I could immerse myself fully. Still, I definitely recommend this one.
- Leo Francis